In today’s world you won’t need a cable subscription to watch the greatest and latest TV shows. Nowadays, prime shows are coming out on streaming devices straight to your TV with Netflix, Hulu, Google Play Movies & TV, Apple TV, and Amazon Prime. Few smart TVs have all these apps installed by the manufacturer and the rest need a streaming device which is the best way to get all your shows, games, apps and movies in one place. Before you select any streaming device, keep in mind that to watch favorite 4K and HD content, you need a very fast connection of broadband.
We will make sure that you will get one of the foremost streaming devices. Here are the topmost streaming sticks and boxes.
|Preview||Product||Internal Storage||Max Resolution|
Fire TV 4K Stick Streaming device
4K Ultra HD
Roku Streaming Stick Plus 4K
N/A—Expandable USB storage
4K UHD +
Apple TV 4K
NVIDIA Shield Pro TV Android
Google Chromecast Ultra
N/A—Expandable USB storage
4K Ultra HD
Amazon Fire TV Cube 4k Ultra HD
4K Ultra HD
|Roku Express HD||N/A—Expandable USB storage||HD|
Mi Box S Xiaomi Original 4K Ultra
4K (3840 x 2160)
Fire TV 4K Stick Streaming device has built-in Alexa, which lets you use the included voice remote to control launch apps, video playback and you can also check the weather with voice command by holding the most powerful 4K streaming stick remote. It can also stream up to 60fps 4K Ultra HD, so you can enjoy your favorite video content from Netflix, STARZ, SHOWTIME, Prime Video, YouTube, Apple TV, Disney + and watch live matches of baseball. Furthermore, you can also stream unpaid video content with Pluto, IMDB TV and more. By using your Alexa voice remote you can also listen/select your favorite song from a directory of millions available with Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, iHeartRadio and Pandora. With Quad-Core processor 1.7 GHz it will never let you down and provide you the most comprehensive experience of any streaming media player.
- Alexa voice control
- 4K with HDR10 & Dolby Vision
- Impressive performance
- No support for Google Apps
Roku Streaming Stick Plus is packed with long-range wireless remote, which is increased up to 4 x range with a stronger signal quality and provides you smooth streaming experience anywhere in the house. It can set up in minutes just plug it in and connect to the internet and it starts delivering HD, 4K and HDR picture quality that you can optimize for your TV and enjoy brilliant picture quality with vivid colors and sharp resolution. It comes with endless entertainment, as you can stream what you love to watch, including free TV, sports, news and 150000+ movies with thousands of free or paid TV episodes.
Roku Streaming Stick Plus 4K can also be controlled by smartphones with Roku App which is available on App Store and Google Play. With Roku Channel with voice search option, you can stream hundreds of TV Shows, hit movies and many more – anytime and anywhere. Roku App has a feature to cast you photos, videos, and other content on a big screen. Lastly, without disturbing the other persons in the household or at any other place you can privately listen and watch by using headphones and listen as loud as you want on your mobile phone.
- Portability with High performance
- Long range wireless receiver
- Excellent picture quality ( 4K and HDR)
- Great for Wall-Mounted TV
- Doesn't stream in Dolby Vision
- No Ethernet Port
Apple TV 4K is an entertainment device and micro-console which has all the trending video streaming apps you could want. Apple TV has A10 Fusion processor for ultra-fast graphics and performance lets you stream seamlessly video, music and podcasts content supports 2160p output with HDR10 (High Dynamic Range) and Dolby Vision for stunning picture quality and also download apps and games from the TVOS app store (Netflix, Hulu, iTunes and thousand more apps). It can broadcast your favorite channels and on-demand content live, find sports from apps like MLB and NBA, breaking news from apps like CNN and Bloomberg. Lastly TV shows such as YouTube TV, DirecTV Now and Sling TV.
Apple TV will convert your iPhone into an Apple TV remote with the Apple TV remote app which automatically installs in the control center of your iOS device when you connect your phone with Apple TV. It can also allows you to cast wirelessly send videos, images, websites, presentations and more with AirPlay wirelessly on the bigger screen from your iOS device or MAC. In addition to, built-in photos app synchronizes images from the iCloud photo library and Apple TV lets you see them on 4K screens.
- 4K, HDR & Dolby Vision
- Apple A10x Fusion Chip
- Dolby Atmos ( up tp 360 )
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Expensive product
NVIDIA Shield Pro TV Android is an attractive player with green lights at tasteful locations and angular black box is now packed with a bunch of features including new NVIDIA Tegra X1 chip makes NVIDIA Pro up to 25% times faster than its predecessor. DOLBY Vision which enhances the viewing experience with advanced HDR by delivering lifelike, vivid images which highlight standard picture up to 40 times brighter and blacks 10 times darker. It converts HD quality video in real-time to 4K resolution video and next-generation AI upscaling produces images more clearer as well as crisper visuals.
Furthermore, NVIDIA Shield Pro New Remote has more advanced than ever with plenty of new features including built-in lost remote locator to locate the remote with motion-activated backlight buttons, Bluetooth control, IR blaster to manage the TV. Shield Pro can be controlled hands-free with Google Home, Echo & Alexa. Cut the cords and cast whatever you want on a bigger screen with apps like YouTube, Hulu TV, Netflix and many more. Moreover, streaming from your smartphone with Chromecast 4K built-in it can display photos, weather reports, sports scores, live camera feeds and any other content which you want to share with your friends or family.
Lastly, with Game Controller (Sold separately) instantly convert your NVIDIA Shield Pro into a GeForce-powered PC. Cloud saves the game wherever you left off and you can cross-play games on laptops or desktops.
- 4K Chromecast built-in
- GeFroce Now & GeForce Game stream
- Cloud Gaming
- USB ports for external storage
- Less internal storage
- Expensive (Controller sold separately)
The Google Chromecast Ultra is such as breakthrough device, because of the ability to stream 4K Ultra HD with luscious high dynamic range (HDR), if you have one of the certified Ultra HD Premium TV to fully appreciate it. You can get most out of the box with the Google Ultra which supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision, the whites become whiter, darks are darker and all colors are brighter which helps to optimize your video content for the stunning picture quality whether your TV is 4K or HD. Furthermore, discover new entertainment Mirror your Android/Tablet Screen or any website or turn your 4K TV into picture frame, with the ambient mode showcase your Google photo albums, see the time, weather and more on your TV.
The Google Ultra will stream your favorite TV shows, movies, games, songs, sports and more through over 1000 apps available on the Google app store like YouTube, PrimeVideo, Netflix, Pandora, Disney Plus and HBO Now. Ultra be more beneficial to users having simple TV’s who don’t have streaming apps, just use your iPad, iPhone, Android Phones, Tablets, Mac or Windows laptop to cast from over thousands ultra enabled apps. Ultra works with the Google Home, so you can start streaming with your voice.
- HDR10 & Dolby Vision
- Simple and easy to use
- Stunning image quality
- Ethernet for stable connection
- Remote not included
- Available in single color
The Amazon Fire TV Cube 4k Ultra HD is an improved and most powerful version of its predecessor. You can pair it with Fire TV cube with an Amazon Fire TV device and access it from anywhere in the room, with the mic array and built-in speaker just ask Alexa to check the weather, dim the lights, turn on the TV, tune to ESPN and show me 4k videos. Moreover, with your voice commands you can change channels on a cable box or satellite channels, volume on your sound-bar, TV or AV receiver. A blue light strip at the top front edges shows Alexa is listening and turns orange when alerts. All the ports are on the backside like Power, HDMI for your TV, micro USB socket for the Ethernet adapter and infrared blaster.
Amazon Fire TV has powered with Dolby Vision, HDR10+ and Hexa-core processor with 16 gigabytes of storage and now has plenty of choices to choose from around 500,000 movies and TV episodes for streaming brilliant 4K Ultra HD video content from Amazon Prime, Netflix, YouTube, Disney+, Apple TV, ESPN, HBO and other more apps. Perhaps, you can also stream free content from IMDB TV, Tubi and the news app on Fire TV.
- Alexa remote
- Dolby Vision and HDR10
- Hands-free voice control
- Stunning fast performance
- Not included HDMI cable
The Roku express HD offers the simplest user interface, most straightforward menu systems on the market. It will let you customize according to your use, the home screen has several options such as streaming channels, launching the apps and my feed, which lets you monitor both availability and prices of TV shows and movies. Roku delivers a smooth HD streaming of available 500,000 hit movies and TV episodes with voice search across 1000+ top channels on the big screen. Further, you can also watch content without subscription or fees on The Roku Channel and tons of other streaming services available online such as YouTube, Prime Video, Netflix and much more.
Roku express HD device is the most affordable device with a good number of features available in the market. Under $30 it comes with the High-speed HDMI cable and basic remote which is chunky, colorful and buttons within easy reach.
- Value for money
- Free content to watch
- Missing 4K/HDR
The Mi Box S Xiaomi Original 4K Ultra with a rectangular box made out of plastic with round edges makes it a very decent device. The box is powered by Cortex-A53 Quad-core 64bit which supports output resolution of 4K(3840 x 2160) with device runs on Google Android 8.1 Oreo for super functionality, which makes it very easy to use with a few helpful customization options. The whole family can enjoy a dedicated Google Assistant button on the remote allows you to quickly play videos on YouTube by issuing voice commands or tones of premium video services with a constant stream of fresh new content. It also has built-in Chromecast which can cast any device including smartphones, tablets or laptops and share memories on Ultra high-definition 4K HDR technology lifelike viewing experience with friends or family on the bigger screen.
More on, Mi Box S built-in Wifi is generally enough, but it still buffer a bit more and we won’t compare Wifi with Ethernet port which can be connected to router placed next to Mi Box S. It has done a great job with Dolby & DTS delivers crisper and three-dimensional surround sound.
- Operates on Android Oreo
- Google Assistant
- New remote control
- USB ports for Hard Drive & external controllers
- Laggy while playing 4K HDR videos