The latest and greatest streaming devices are getting faster, smarter and easier to use. Powerful and portable, they now offer 4K HD/HDR picture quality that is optimized for your TV. With crisp details and rich colors, these streaming devices let you watch your favorite shows the way they were meant to be watched.
Our picks for some of the best streaming devices might not be surprising as they are the leaders in their field. Amazon’s Fire Stick is the most powerful of the three and with the addition of Alexa’s voice command function, you will have access to over 500,000 movies and TV shows and Alexa will even order you a pizza.
The Roku and Apple devices also provide you stunning picture quality along with a few other perks. Roku has an advanced wireless receiver which gives you 4x the range and a strong signal for smooth streaming, even in rooms furthest from your router. And Apple TV lets you browse content from over 100 video services without switching from one app to the next. And, since Apple TV is already on the iPhone and iPad, even if you stop watching in one place, you can pick up where you left off on a different device.
1. Apple TV 4K
Apple TV’s latest model allows you to watch movies and shows in dynamic HDR for excellent picture quality and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. It streams everyone’s favorite channels live, has great content from apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu and now can be controlled with your voice via Siri.
PROS: You can now turn your iPhone into an Apple TV remote which is automatically installed already on your iOS device.
CONS: A 4K TV is required to utilize the 4K capabilities of Apple TV.
2. Roku Streaming Stick+Streaming Device
Roku’s Streaming Stick Device gives you vivid 4K, HDR and HD picture in a portable streaming stick. The advanced wireless receiver gives you 4x the range and a stronger signal for smooth streaming even in rooms far from the router. The latest version also comes with excellent picture quality with crisp details and rich color that is optimized for your TV, and a voice remote that powers everything.
PROS: Great for wall-mounted TV’s the Roku Streaming Stick and power cord hides behind the TV for a clutter-free setup.
CONS: Older TVs might have a harder time setting up this product.
3. Amazon Fire TV Stick Streaming Media Player
The Fire TV Stick 4K by Amazon is the latest entry into the Fire family and has a ton of power, a lightning-fast processor, Wi-Fi support capabilities and a more complete 4K HD streaming experience. Also, finding content on Fire TV just got easier with the addition of voice control. Now you can ask Alexa to find, launch and control all of your content.
PROS: The Fire streaming service gives you access to over 500,000 movies and TV episodes in addition to the ability to stream live news, sports and your favorite shows.
CONS: This latest version does not support casting from your mobile device.