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Updated: Dec 12, 2017 22:49
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#26
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...

67 expert reviews | 442 user reviews

#27
alaScore 93

Apple TV (2010, 2nd Gen)

That is not this, though. This Apple TV is a PowerPoint presentation, not a finished execution. You can buy it now, but know that you’re doing so in the hope that the App Store quickly gets bigger and better. (And in fairness, Apple’s track record says...

96 expert reviews | 1931 user reviews

#28
alaScore 92

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

#29
alaScore 92

Roku 1 Streaming Player

The Roku 1 offers the same excellent experience that's found on other Roku boxes at a new low price, but there aren't many reasons to choose it over the new Streaming Stick or step-up Roku boxes.

3 expert reviews | 9513 user reviews

#30
alaScore 92

Roku LT (2700)

The Roku LT is the best budget streaming-media device, easily topping the $35 Chromecast.

8 expert reviews | 649 user reviews

#31
alaScore 92

Dune HD BASE 3D

Streamers have been around for quite a few years. It took them quite a while to reach maturity. When this field was at its infancy, HD was just starting to get popular and Streamers offered a way to play back a DIVX or TS file without requiring a Home...

7 expert reviews | 125 user reviews

#32
alaScore 92

WD TV Live Hub

While it lacks integrated Wi-Fi and is more expensive than the Roku or Apple TV , the WD TV Live Hub's combination of snazzy interface and built-in 1TB hard drive will appeal to advanced users who have a lot of existing files they want to view on an...

25 expert reviews | 135 user reviews

#33
alaScore 92

Roku 2 XS

Roku is one of the pioneers in the media streamer market. Right from their founding in 2002, they have concentrated upon network streaming with only rudimentary local media support. While companies like Syabas were perfecting local media playback, Roku...

29 expert reviews | 4680 user reviews

#34
alaScore 92

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

#35
alaScore 92

Apple TV (1st Gen, 2007)

4K and Conclusions Apple omits a big feature here that has become for other flagship media streamers: 4K video support. iTunes doesn't currently offer 4K content, but Netflix and YouTube do, and the lack of support on a device that costs more than the...

124 expert reviews | 1011 user reviews

#36
alaScore 92

D-Link DSM-380 Boxee BOX

D-Link's Boxee Box stands as one of the most ambitious set-top boxes out there, but its glossy front end hides mechanisms still seemingly stuck together with chewing gum and duct tape.

23 expert reviews | 1181 user reviews

#37
alaScore 92

Belkin G1V1000 @TV PLUS

Video Quality, Mobile Apps, and Conclusions After the firmware update, the Belkin @TV Plus reconnected to my wireless network. Video quality was good, but not great, overall. The Belkin @TV Plus smoothly adapted to whatever bandwidth was available and...

9 expert reviews | 67 user reviews

#38
alaScore 92

Boxee Box by D-Link

and Sony's Internet TV. The box links to your network using either its 100Mb/s Ethernet port or its 802.11n Wi-Fi adapter, and it can host USB storage devices and SD/MMC memory cards. It connects to your TV or A/V receiver by way of its HDMI port to...

69 expert reviews | 287 user reviews

#39
alaScore 91

Naim UnitiQute

The Naim UnitiQute is a damn expensive piece of audio streaming gear, but it sounds so very sweet.

12 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#40
alaScore 91

Western Digital WDBABZ0010BBK

The WD TV Live Hub not only streams media from a variety of network and web sources, it doubles as a media server, making it a good choice if you want to stream media to and from multiple locations.

11 expert reviews | 54 user reviews

#41
alaScore 91

Asus O!Play Mini

I was forced to settle for the mini. I dont like it nearly as much, no ethernet port etc. The USB on front was a poor design.

22 expert reviews | 1139 user reviews

#42
alaScore 91

Philips Streamium NP2900

A beautiful piece of machinery! Looks new and sounds terrific.I didn't want to buy new. was skeptical until I took it out of the box. Very pleased.

31 expert reviews | 337 user reviews

#43
alaScore 91

Sling Media Slingbox

Setup, In Use, and Conclusions The Slingbox 350 also lacks the remote and on-screen TV setup the 500 offers. That's not much of an issue, though, because Sling Media's redesigned Web interface is easy to navigate, and you don't need to input a complex...

15 expert reviews | 492 user reviews

#44
alaScore 91

Asus O!play HD2

I have other O'plays, but this looks like the latest, using with network Hard Drive and works great. This model is also Netflix ready!

34 expert reviews | 127 user reviews

#45
alaScore 91

Popcorn Hour C200

Popcorn Hour C-200 (HDD not included) IEC 60320 C13 power cord 1.5M length HDMI cable RF Remote Control with 2 “AAA” batteries Quick start guide

30 expert reviews | 132 user reviews

#46
alaScore 91

Pipo X7s

Not the fastest machines running either Windows or Android, but the Pipo X7 and X7S offer excellent value as an easy means to turn your TV into a PC. Given that it's cheaper and adds a Micro-USB port, we think the X7S is the Pipo to buy, but if you're...

1 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

#47
alaScore 91

Sony SMP-N100

Sony's SMP-N100 streaming-video box isn't the easiest to use, but it offers an unparalleled feature set at its price.

22 expert reviews | 165 user reviews

#48
alaScore 91

Netgear Push 2 TV

More Media Hub & Receiver reviews: • Nvidia Shield TV (2017)• DirecTV Now• Google Chromecast Ultra• Amazon Fire TV Stick With Alexa Voice Remote• Roku Ultra• more

19 expert reviews | 64 user reviews

#49
alaScore 91

Sony NSZ-GS7

Conclusion Two years after Google launched Google TV, it still lags behind Apple and Roku's media hubs . The Sony Internet Player is an affordable and attractive upgrade over Sony's previous Google TV products, but it's still limited by Google TV's...

26 expert reviews | 484 user reviews

#50
alaScore 91

Asus Nexus Player

Google has had several stabs at TV over the years and the Nexus Player (£79 / $95 USD) is its latest. Based on the new Android TV OS, it's out to fill the crowded niche of small streaming boxes for accessing Netflix, on-demand video, music and games on...

4 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

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