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Updated: May 30, 2016 09:05
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#1
alaScore 100

Google Chromecast Audio (2015)

The Chromecast Audio is certainly extremely easy to use, and that’s good, because ease of use is its defining attribute. As affordable as it is, the device still sees major competition in the market: Just about any powered speaker or A/V receiver...

25 expert reviews | 246 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Amazon Fire TV 4K (2nd Gen) 2015

The latest Fire TV makes some welcome improvements, but owners of the original needn’t upgrade.

26 expert reviews | 130 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Google Chromecast 2 (2nd gen, 2015)

For just $35, you get a full-fledged media streamer that won't take up much space in your home entertainment center. It's simple to setup, and the new Chromecast app sweetens the deal even further with how easy it is to find new content. Sure it...

31 expert reviews | 1141 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

Amazon Fire TV Stick

Amazon has joined Google and Roku as a purveyor of tiny, stick-shaped media hubs with the Fire TV Stick. Like the Google Chromecast and the Roku Streaming Stick, the Fire TV Stick is a tiny bar that you stick into your HDTV's HDMI port and use just...

36 expert reviews | 7649 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Apple TV (4th Gen, 2015)

My old TV had just two HDMI ports, so I had to be selective about what I left plugged in. Even now, with more inputs to fill, I still limit myself to two set-top boxes. The new Apple TV has replaced its predecessor in one of those ports, but it hasn't...

16 expert reviews | 785 user reviews

#6
alaScore 97

Roku Streaming Stick, HDMI (3500)

Roku’s new Streaming Stick delivers an outstanding experience. It’s the snappy click-and-go device we think everyone expects, but somehow packed into a little stick no larger than a small pack of gum. And, as previously mentioned, Roku’s platform...

24 expert reviews | 28336 user reviews

#7
alaScore 97

Google Chromecast (1st gen, 2013)

In the end, the new design features are a step up, but not enough to make us trade in our old Chromecast — especially considering all of our favorite new features work just fine on the old version. But for those who still haven’t checked out a...

119 expert reviews | 16957 user reviews

#8
alaScore 97

Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter V2

This little adapter works great, if you don't mind occasional lag.

2 expert reviews

#9
alaScore 96

Roku 3

Filed in Featured >Home >Reviews . Tags: roku, set top box and streaming.

30 expert reviews | 44367 user reviews

#10
alaScore 96

Synology DiskStation DS415play

Synology's four-bay DiskStation DS415play NAS is an excellent storage solution for home or small businesses

18 expert reviews | 40 user reviews

#12
alaScore 96

Roku 4

With or without a 4K TV, Roku’s priciest streaming box is a minor improvement over its cheaper models.

2 expert reviews

#13
alaScore 96

Google Nexus Player

The Nexus Player is a great, if imperfect, introductory showcase for Android TV. It doesn't have an Ethernet port and suffers from a few bugs, but Android TV's simple interface, intelligent voice search and Google Cast abilities more than make up for it.

32 expert reviews | 433 user reviews

#14
alaScore 95

Roku 2 (2720) 2013

Editors' Note: This version of the Roku 2 has been replaced. A full review of the most current 2015 Roku 2 can be found here.

2 expert reviews | 3554 user reviews

#15
alaScore 95

Sky Now TV box

The NOW TV Box is a great little device, offering a simple, mostly cost-effective way of getting Sky content into your home without you having to sign a pact with the devil.

12 expert reviews | 22 user reviews

#16
alaScore 95

Asus Chromebit CS10

Unlike Intel’s Compute Stick or even other Chrome OS machines, the Chromebit is actually an easier sell to a wider variety of people. It’s not necessarily a replacement for a streaming box or a full Windows PC. Instead, it’s a nice complement to the...

6 expert reviews | 104 user reviews

#17
alaScore 94

Pipo X7

Let's get a few facts down: the PiPO X7 has a very capable SoC, the case feels extremely solid and the internals seem to be great for the price. I can't recommend it enough for anyone who just wants to browse the web, do some word processing or watch a...

2 expert reviews

#18
alaScore 94

Apple TV (3rd Gen, 2012/2013)

Released in March, Apple's third-generation puck ($100) retains the form factor of its predecessor while adding 1080p playback. The real draw remains the same, though:...

33 expert reviews | 28610 user reviews

#19
alaScore 94

SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive

If you've ever wished you could just leave your USB key on your desk or in your pocket and still access the files on it wirelessly, SanDisk's new media drives are sort of what you're looking for. Unfortunately for power users, these wireless media...

11 expert reviews | 72 user reviews

#20
alaScore 94

Now TV

A great little box that provides great content at reasonable prices, image quality could be improved, but Now TV is still a winner

3 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#21
alaScore 94

NZXT Doko

It isn't perfect, but if you want to stream PC games to your TV the NZXT Doko does a good job for sensible money.

5 expert reviews

#22
alaScore 93

Roku 2 (4210 / 4205) 2015

The Roku 2 is yet another decent media streaming box from the market leader and we like the new Roku Search and MyFeed features. However, these are available on the other Rokus and the slightly high price means you'll want to pay the extra for the...

2 expert reviews | 2130 user reviews

#23
alaScore 93

Naim SuperUniti

Provided you can afford speakers able to make the most of it, the SuperUniti is the best all-in-one streamer system to date

10 expert reviews

#24
alaScore 93

Roku 1 Streaming Player

A tiny box to make your TV smarter, and a great first step into the world of video streaming

2 expert reviews | 7306 user reviews

#25
alaScore 93

Western Digital WD TV

For a company whose primary business is manufacturing hard drives, Western Digital sure knows a lot about digital media and how to stream it over a network. Each succeeding generation of the company's WD TV Live product has led the market in terms of...

65 expert reviews | 410 user reviews

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