With all of the streaming services out there, it’s become so much easier to get rid of all of your physical media and switch over to streaming your content. Services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant, and other streaming services are among some of the best out there, but what physical hardware should you pick up to stream these services? Well, that’s exactly what you’re going to find out by going over the list below. However, keep in mind, there are a ton of competent streaming devices out there, these days. Even blu-ray players and game consoles are great options.
1: Roku 2
(5.0 / 5)
The Roku 2 is definitely the best streaming device on the market for the money. It’s just as fast as the Roku 3, but much cheaper. The only thing it lack is the voice search feature, but if you can live without that, you’ll be able to save yourself some decent cash. Since the Roku is so popular, you can expect tons of apps, consistent updates, and a great community that’s more than willing to help each other out. It’s also very quick and efficient at what it does.
2: Roku 3
(5.0 / 5)
If you have the extra bucks to shell out for a Roku 3, you’re certainly not going to be disappointed. Without a doubt, this is the best streaming device on the market right now, but it takes second on the list, because the price is a bit higher than the Roku 2, and the added features just aren’t worth it for the price. Still, you can expect to have access to tons of apps, consistent updates, a great community, and everything else you could expect with the Roku 2.
3: Apple TV
(4.0 / 5)
Anything that has the name Apple attached to it is definitely going to be expensive, and everyone has come to expect that. Therefore, be ready to shell out a decent wad of cash if you want the Apple TV, but if you do, you’ll enjoy a great streaming experience. The Apple TV is very polished, looks amazing, and has voice search features with the aid of Apple’s popular Siri. If you’re an Apple fanboy, or generally find yourself owning a good bit of Apple products already, you may want to look into picking up an Apple TV for your streaming needs.
4: Roku Streaming Stick
(4.0 / 5)
The Roku Streaming Stick is the perfect solution for people that want the Roku experience, but they don’t want to have the box sitting somewhere in their entertainment center. The stick plugs right into your TV, so it’s likely no one will even see it. It also comes with its own remote and interface, so it’s virtually the same as having a Roku box.
5: Roku 4
(4.0 / 5)
If you’re taking complete advantage of the 4K television experience, you want a device that’s going to be able to stream 4K content, and that’s exactly where the Roku 4 comes into play. Right now, it offers the best high quality streaming out there.