To be honest, in this age of immense tech advancement, it’s extremely hard to really know which media streaming device would be the best suited for all our needs, and also be perfectly compatible with our TV. The market is loaded with a number of seemingly amazing devices, all advertising attractive and appealing features. But no worries! In this article, you’ll learn about some of the best streaming devices around making it easier to choose the best one for your streaming desires.
If you are someone who loves to keep an eye on any new tech gadget that hits the market, then you probably already know the detailed specs of these streaming devices. But if you are a newbie like many of us, then just get ready to have your mind blown, because these amazing devices come with amazing high-tech functions. Yes, we are living in the future! Eventually, you’ll find a perfect match for your TV needs and more.
On a budget? No problem. This efficient, high quality and super affordable streaming device has got you covered. Roku Express has all the essential apps that you’ll want like Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Video all with high-speed loading. One thing to keep in mind is that although it’s super fast, simple to use and priced very cheap, it still uses an old-school layout for most of the apps. If you want a top-notch streaming experience with incredible voice quality, control, voice search, and HD video then go for the slightly higher priced Roku streaming stick. But to have a steady streaming experience while saving some money, Roku Express will do wonders.
Roku Streaming Stick Plus
Roku’s streaming stick is the next step up from Express. If you have a slow WiFi connection in your apartment, then you might want to check out the Roku Plus thanks to its lightning-fast speed. In addition to this basic benefit, Roku Stick Plus is jam-packed with a lot of apps, more than any other streaming device is offering, including UltraFix, Plex, Vudu, Smithsonian, Toon Goggles, 4K Universe and loads of others. Be able to see everything and miss nothing with this tiny magical device. It might be the best at this price.
In case you are looking for a high-quality alternative to Roku then this NVIDIA Shield streaming box is a must-have. Loaded with all the necessary apps, this latest version of NVIDIA gives amazing versatility along with loads of perks. One thing that most people complain about in streaming devices is the quality of voice search and interactivity features, but NVIDIA has an excellent voice search feature, plus is essential for those who prefer Google products. Apart from its gaming versatility and streaming features, the only thing that might hold you back is its expensive pricetag.
Amazon Fire Stick
The Amazon Fire Stick is ideal for movie lovers and heavy users of the most popular apps out there. Movies streamed through “Movies Anywhere” get stored in the Fire TV’s library and can be played anytime. You can easily play any videos from iTunes, Vudu, or Google Play, using “Movies Anywhere”. You can also use their Alexa voice-activated feature. Talking about the cons, it lacks a couple of major apps including Google Play Movies and Vudu. There was also a rumor that the YouTube app will be removed thanks to a dispute between Google and Amazon (although last we heard, it looks like they worked it out and the app remains available on Fire Stick). The Fire Stick is best for streaming the most popular apps like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go and Prime.
Apple 4K TV
“Chic”, “high quality”, “best streaming” and “ultimate HD experience” are some of the qualities that define Apple TV. With a sleek remote control, fancy looking menus, exceptional voice search, and control quality, and updated apps, this futuristic TV will give you an enjoyable everyday streaming experience. But there is a catch. It has two big fails that overshadow all the qualities. One is that it is much more expensive than other streaming devices offering similar or better image quality or voice quality. And the second is that it does not stream YouTube. So it might be better to go with the Roku streaming stick that provides more apps (including YouTube) for less money.