With the aid of streaming device, you can now enjoy using the web in your TV even if you don’t own a smart TV. Thanks to technology advancement, there are lots of options out there to choose from to start your seamless streaming but before doing that, you may want to assess the features you may need. Our list reviewed the features, pros, and cons of the top brands available presently.
1. Amazon Fire TV Stick
If there is anything like easier to use, the first streaming device on our list will qualify. By simply plugging it into a HDTV port of your TV, you can start streaming live in minutes. It also comes with the Alexa innovative voice control ― you can just press the microphone button and order the device to play a music from your preferred online platform or get you a pizza online.
Warranty: 90-day Limited Warranty
Ports: HDMI output, Micro USB for power only
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.1
Processor: Quad-core ARM 1.3 GHz
Storage: 8 GB internal
Picture quality: Up to 1080p
Internal storage is okay
Doesn’t support 4K content
Certain services may not be available outside the U.S
2. Google Chromecast Ultra
For android and Google lovers, this is your choice. The Google Chromecast Ultra works with Google Home so you can stream and control content using your voice. It automatically optimizes your content for the best picture quality possible. With your phone you can play, pause, and control the volume and more while you can still text or call without interrupting what’s playing.
Warranty: 1 year limited warranty
Ports: HDMI, RJ-45 (Ethernet), Micro USB
Processor: 512 gigabyte
Storage: No built-in storage
Picture quality: 4K or HDR capable
4K and HDR capabilities
Voice control when partnered with a Google Home device.
Doesn’t support Amazon Video
3. NVIDIA Shield TV
This is another streaming device on our list with super-fast performance. Aside from its 16GB internal storage, it also allows connecting additional USB flash drives for storing most of your favorite movies. Its compatibility with Alexa voice makes it voice-controlled like most the other streaming device we have been reviewing so far.
Warranty: 1 year
Ports: HDMI, USB 3.0
Storage: 16 gigabytes
Picture quality: 4K HDR
Supports external storage
Perfect for PC games
Runs only Android TV
4. Apple TV 4K
The Apple TV 4K displays a fantastic 4K HDR image quality and completes picture with immersive sound from Dolby Atmos. Users can enjoy great contents from Amazon Prime Video, HBO NOW, Hulu, and Netflix. Its compatibility with Siri allows for voice control and subscribe for live-channels like DirecTV Now and Sling TV with ease.
Warranty: 1 year
Processor: A10X Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture
Picture quality: 4K
Fantastic 4K streaming
Expensive as expected (Apple brand)
5. Roku Streaming Stick+
The Roku streaming stick+ is perfect to take along for vacation to play your favorite shows away from home. It features a voice control with buttons for TV power and volume. This advanced wireless receiver gives you a 4x range and a stronger signal for seamless streaming, even in rooms further from your router.
Warranty: 1 Year
Processor: Quad-core processor
Picture quality: 4K Ultra HD
Good image quality
Not all available apps are polished or reliable
Other good streaming devices include:
6. Amazon Fire TV Cube
7. Roku Ultra
8. Google Chromecast 2018
9. Roku Premiere 2018
10. Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K