Streaming is quickly becoming the most popular way to consume content, as fast internet speeds and a plethora of streaming services give consumers choices that they never had before. While streaming wars continue between the various services as they battle for rights and audiences, picking the best device to stream on is also extremely important. We’ve listed some of the best streaming devices for consumers to choose from, based on their budget and their needs.
Roku Streaming Stick+
This is probably the best option out there since it is the best platform for streaming media. The Roku Channel Store has practically every streaming app on it, negating the need for multiple devices for multiple service providers. It is also extremely affordable, and has 4K HDR support as well, which is not the case for its competitors at similar price points. Simply put, the Roku Stick+ is the best option for consumers with multiple streaming subscriptions.
The one that probably started it all, the Chromecast, now in its 3rd iteration, is one of the simplest and most unobtrusive streaming devices out there. This version is reportedly 15% faster than the earlier one, while the Chromecast uses Google’s system to seamlessly sync to all your Google devices, including your Android phone and your Google Home speakers. It may not have the frills of other devices, but it is extremely efficient and gets the job done. It’s a damn sight cheaper than a lot of competitors as well, making it extremely valuable for money.
Nvidia Shield TV
However, if you want a premium experience, go for the Nvidia Shield TV. It supports thousands of apps, so literally every streaming service is carried on it. Plus, it is a tiny tube, making it easy to fit into the cluttered space around your TV. Despite its size, it packs a formidable punch, providing UHD 4K content with ease, and given that it comes from Nvidia, it has excellent streaming of games as well. The remote is a nifty one, as it lights up when picked up in the dark, and while it doesn’t come with a controller, there is support for Playstation and Xbox controllers, making it perfect for gaming as well. This is the best stick out there if you are willing to spend a little.
Amazon Fire TV Cube
This one is on the list mainly because of its voice control abilities. You can use Alexa to control your cable box, thus switching channels or the HDMI input based on your voice commands. Faster processing time means these commands get executed up to four times as quickly as earlier, helping people to stick to Alexa and not hunt around for their remotes. It also offers 4K, HDR quality, so the quality of your stream is not compromised.
So there you have it, these are some of the best streaming devices out there. Take your pick based on your needs and your budget, although every one of these devices will fulfill your basic streaming needs easily.
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