So you want a new device to connect to your TV and stream video, but you’re not sure which one? We’ve got you covered with Top Streaming Devices.
With technology outburst on the rise, there are plenty of hardware devices you will find with promising features and packages. It often becomes confusing as to where should you start looking from, since everything looks the same.
It may seem that way and most bidders would even want you to believe that, but even the same streaming devices have little tweaks in their features and functions.
We have reviewed a number of different streaming devices on the market today. From the tiny little devices to full HD boxes of lasting entertainment.
The most important aspect that we have experienced was that, most media streamers have to be super affordable yet should come with quality streaming options.
In a quick summary review, we found these features more applicable on TV systems which were ultimately offering you a better app search, better streaming options and multiple on demand hours while updating huge libraries of content.
But to each their own, and we understand not everyone is looking for huge TV streaming devices.
So if your current streaming device is digging its tooth or you just want to upgrade or switch to another streaming device which compliments that HDR TV of yours, sit back and read through. Chances are you might be getting one of the featured devices pretty soon.
Top Streaming Devices-Our Personal Pick
The All Rounder Roku Streaming Stick+
Currently our favorite streaming device.
Roku is strictly content-competitive platform and people vouch for that. It is one of our top picks because of its effortless streaming, bulks of content of user’s choice, versatile genres and without a doubt best search engine.
Amazon Prime Videos and iTunes needlessly push only one media streaming provider. There is quite much to explore from when it comes to Roku Streaming Stick. This is something new and pleasant for most users who have been consecutively going over the same user driven streaming media options.
Roku Plus is also one of the cheapest devices decreasing your viewing expenses by 89% through cord cutting.
The amazing friendly user interface with accessible remote feature and easy navigation of the operating system, completely seals the deal for us.
People are storming in with their positive reviews about their device usage. Here is what one of them had to say about Roku+.
I am really happy about Roku+. It would be really easy to get a Roku Stick for about $30 and experience everything Roku offers first hand. They have the best channel selection, and as something of a “neutral” party, they tend to be immune from disagreements between content providers. You can get most of the newer live TV streaming services on the Roku. This greatly expands your options, and makes the break from cable all the easier. The devices themselves are also dead simple. Very little to go wrong with them, very easy to set up and use.
The High Maintenance Streamer
Apple TV 4K
Apple TV without a beat of a doubt is one of the fastest streaming devices we have experienced. The perfect streaming foil, however costing $100 more than the mainstream Roku device, comes with some good viewing features.
Needless to say it is one of the best streaming options for people who appreciate high maintenance streaming quality. Truth be told, Apple TV does woo us with its high end features.
We are talking about superior’s voice control, smooth compatibility with Dolby Vision HDR, a super-fast and slick user interface and of course the flexible up conversion. For the true 4K technology experience, we suggest you invest in some good money. It will surely pay off in the long term.
Here is what other my friend jerry had to say about his experience with Apple TV.
I really like my Apple TV. It’s been the fastest, most responsive streaming device I’ve ever used. The fact that I’m an iPhone user makes it all the better. I think we can all agree that when you’re getting an Apple TV, you’re buying more than just a small computer for your TV, you’re getting a beautifully designed and engineered computer that’s also very powerful. I think the Apple TV really excels in its simplicity and easy yet efficient ability to get you what you want.
Gamers Streaming Hub
The Nvidea Shield
A little over the shelf for us, but hey! The mind blowing gaming options makes it surpasses all exceptions. If you add a game controller you are in for a phenomenal experience. For us the Shield is the only gaming video media player.
I mean look at the robust of game libraries, the smooth console and Android supported Google assistant smart control, NAS support, instant plex compatibility and HD HomeRun integration. Should we say more?
The experience will definitely speak for itself.
Check out the Walmart promos, there are deals around the year at times where you can get the service at a lower price than $150.
Top Pick for Amazon Fans
Amazon TV Fire TV Stick 4K
Another streaming device favorite.
Alexa was not the only upgrade Amazon made for its users, baking it right into the voice control demand simply elevated the Amazon TV Firestick experience for us. There is a massive collection of apps, add-ons, builds, games, movies, shows etc. The list is endless with Amazon Firestick.
Throw in a great user interface in the blender and Amazon Firestick is the best summer smoothie you can ever get.
It comes with easy guide and easy to use menu options at an excellent value for money.
We are pretty sure you might want to know more about what you can do with your Firestick. read here everything about why Amazon Firestick should be your streaming choice for 2020 and what can you expect it from in terms of streaming apps.
This is what amazon users had to say about Amazon Firestick.
I had this device in wish list since launch. Was very excited to find it being launched in our country. With cost of internet going down significantly & good content availability since few years, Amazons Fire Stick is undoubtedly the best option.
It’s just launched in the UK, and my pre-order arrived yesterday. It connected nicely to my Amazon Prime account. It would have been rude to start with anything other than Firefly, so I watched about a minute, before feeling I ought to work 🙂 OK, I then did a quick install of the BBC iPlayer App, which worked perfectly as well, and I watched about a minute of QI. So, the review is about the initial impressions, and I may change my score later, but for the moment, I’m very, very, impressed.
Budget Saver Streaming Device
This small round device comes at a price of Blue Ray basic disc, with the only different of a whole media streaming options and more than enough streaming content. All of the content featured on Roku is completely free of cost.
No premium stumbles right!
The express is quite a good option and comes with a remote, HDMI cable and a small sticker to keep this little one in place besides your TV box.
In our opinion, if you are confused about streaming devices and are looking for a starter pack for your cord cutting journey, Roku Express should be your top most pick.
This is what my friend Jen thought about her experience for Roku.
I have had Roku for about three years now and while its buggy at times, I love it. I am not a sports fan so I don’t care about the games but my kids love movies and their cartoons are on too. It saved me $700 a year in cable bills. If you want the latest and greatest news and are an avid sports fan, you won’t be happy with just Roku.
For Google Lovers
First of all, lets admire the Chromecast look of the device. It’s simple, neat and straightforward not just by the design of it but also in its usage. For a cheap streaming device like Chromecast you can accept the service with no remote feature.
You can connect it with voice remote control feature and use Google Assistant for the voice control voice search. The later method is a smooth navigation for navigating through shows on Netflix and Disney Plus.
OK, so Chromecast is pretty nice. Pretty simple device that does exactly what it says with minimal fuss. Looking forward to trying it on other devices beyond my laptop. Worth the $35 so far, but we’ll see how often I use it for other things.
If you don’t care too much for content that is exclusively on traditional TV and don’t have a massive local library, this device is perfect! I used to have a computer plugged into my TV with a wireless keyboard. This brought an end to that.
Hold up, Look out for your safety!
No matter which device you choose for yourself, always be particular about protecting yourself with a good handy VPN.
While most of you may or may not know, Governments and ISPs worldwide have a strict check on their users online activities. In case, any copyrighted content is found streaming, you can land into serious consequences which may be as severe as suspending of your online account. Please know, that your current IP 18.104.22.168 is visible to everyone. We therefore urge you to get started with a reliable Firestick VPN immediately. This will help cover your identity via VPN’s multiple servers, while giving you the premium viewing experience.
IPVanish has been the fastest and most reliable secure VPN we have come across so far. Their servers are widespread and strictly secured. The VPN is very easy to install and user-friendly on every device including the Amazon Fire TV Stick. If you are not sure about the app, it comes with a 7-day money back guarantee with a refund. IPVanish also has a very attractive deal in which, when paid for a whole year subscription you can avail 67% discount on your annual plan!
Register for IPVanish VPN, by clicking on the link
- On your FireStick device, go to the homepage and type in and search for ‘IPVanish VPN’ in your search bar.
- Click on the IPVanishVPN you see in your search.
- Click on ‘Download’.
- Once downloaded, you would need to register with the username and password information you must have provided while registering.
- Once signed-in, click on ‘Connect’.
- Soon you would be connected. You can disconnect from the connection whenever you wish to stop using a VPN.
Seems like Roku has pretty much overshadowed the streaming devices platform, and Roku Ultra is another top pick choice for most of the users. The features are quite similar and so to say completely indistinguishable from the Streaming Streaking +.
This streaming device from Roku is quite considerate given how it contains some remote features in case you are forgettable about where your remote is lying. Other than that you get a remote finder and two customizable shortcut buttons to get you straight to your favorite scenes.
The Cris-Cross differences between the streaming devices for 2020
|User interface||Roku’s interface has been consistent across every new device or model it has introduced over the past ears, with almost same experience throughout the device regardless of its version and model||There are currently three different models and devices offered by Amazon, yet you can simply feel the user interface different between all three of them. Cube TV has the smoothest user interface, search and app arrangement so far.||You know it when you are watching Apple. Apple falls somewhere in between Amazon and Roku. Mainly because some of the content has to be rented or purchased from the ITunes and would not be available freely.|
|Budget||Most versatile and budget friendly in its competitors. Based on the model of your device the price tag can range from $35 to $100.||A standard budget for its users. Firestick costs your $39.9||The most expensive streaming device, yet cheaper than cable networking at a price of $179|
|Content Quality||Wild collection of free content||Huge content coverage from around the world inclusive of premium content||You can access for more premium content via iTunes|
|Value Added Features||Remote control feature||Alex voice control, Apple TV integration on the device||You can access Apple TV+ and best premium contents around the world|
|Chrome-cast (Google)||Android (Nvidia Shield)|
|User interface||Chromecast straight away beams your content form your streaming device to TV wirelessly. The user interface is therefore a little different as compared to other competitors on the list. Needless to say it works great for its own definition of streaming.||Android comes with its own spin. It has its own share of features and navigation system which slightly makes it different from other features streaming devices. Some apps can elevate your user interface while others can simply trash it. It depends on the developers and manufacturers.|
|Budget||The price tag often fluctuates for this one but for now it will cost you $35||A little on the expensive side but a good paying off investment at $150|
|Content Quality||Pretty standard content library||Amazing content library for gamers.|
|Value Added Features||Wireless feature||Gaming integration features|
Plenty of hardware to choose from right!
In the end what matters the most is the one which sits best with your overall viewing expectations, your pocket and whether the value added features will enhance your streaming or not.
Let us know if we helped you make up your mind about the streaming device of 2020 for you.