Media Streamer Reviews

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We review hundreds of products in a wide range of categories each year. Here's the best of the best in media streamers.

Roku Premiere+ (2018) review

When it comes to streaming devices, the sheer volume of choices these days can be daunting. While you really can’t go wrong with any Roku, its new Premiere+ stands out for its excellent balance between affordability… See Full Review »

Our Score 8

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Google Chromecast Ultra Review

  • Simple and affordable 4K streaming
  • Widest HDR support available
  • Intuitive interface and setup
  • Supports YouTube HDR
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi and Ethernet for strong connection
  • Cross platform search still mediocre
  • No Amazon video
Our Score 8

Apple TV 4K Review

  • Extremely intuitive interface
  • Siri search/control is vastly improved
  • Powerful graphics and processing
  • Beautiful 4K HDR picture
  • Slightly dim SDR content in some cases
  • No longer the only way to do AirPlay
  • Expensive compared to competition
Our Score 7


  • 4K and HDR app support
  • More responsive than the Roamio OTA
  • Multiple subscription choices
  • Awkward design
  • Not all apps support HDR
  • Roamio OTA owners need not apply

Amazon Fire TV Streaming Stick 4K Review

  • Speedy operation
  • HDR10 and Dolby Vision support
  • Top-notch voice control
  • Basic TV controls on remote
  • Alexa keeps getting better
  • Somewhat awkward design
  • Voice search still needs work
  • System has a few kinks to work out
Our Score 7

Roku Premiere+ (3921) Review

  • Small profile, slick design
  • 4K HDR support
  • Voice search and TV controls on remote
  • Speedy processor
  • Intuitive, feature-rich interface
  • No dual-band Wi-Fi
  • No 802.11ac connection
  • No Dolby Vision HDR
Our Score 8

Google Chromecast (3rd generation) Review

  • Simple, intuitive HD streaming
  • Slick new design
  • Quick and easy setup
  • Google Home app keeps improving
  • No 4K or HDR
  • No magnet
Our Score 7

Amazon Fire TV Cube Review

  • Unprecedented hardware control
  • Lightning fast processor
  • Intuitive voice recognition
  • 4K, HDR, Dolby Atmos
  • Ethernet adapter included
  • No Dolby Vision
Our Score 10

Red Rhino Entertainment Rhino Box Review

  • Good design and solid build
  • Plenty of ports to work with
  • 4K-enabled
  • Kodi runs smoothly
  • Games run without issue
  • Kodi customization somewhat limited
  • Tricky navigation for Android apps
  • Magic Wand sold separately
  • Expensive
Our Score 7