Published on February 25th, 2020
With the increasing popularity of applications such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, TV and movie watchers are looking for ways to have all of this streamable content at their fingertips, in one convenient place.
That’s why users are frequently choosing to ‘cut the cord’ and move over to streaming devices.
There are many streaming devices available on the market today, but what is the best streaming device out there?
There are many features that make up the best streaming device, but one that is easy to use and works by enhancing your entertainment viewing are the main components to look out for.
Streaming devices work by allowing you to install applications and have a whole host of content at the push of a button.
With this in mind, let’s take a look at the top five best streaming devices we’ve encountered (in no particular order) to help you choose the right one for your needs!
1. Amazon Fire TV Cube (2nd Generation)
The Amazon Fire TV Cube takes streaming devices to a whole other level.
While it is similar to the famous Fire TV Stick, this high-tech cube features a built-in Amazon Echo, so you can control the cube with the sound of your voice. You don’t even have to press a button. It doesn’t get much more convenient than that!
The hands-free capabilities of this device make it one of the sleekest and coolest choices on our list. You can open apps, play content, and control the on/off position of the cube with ease.
The 2nd Generation model features a 16GB capacity, so you can store a huge amount of apps without overwhelming the device.
However, it is worth noting that the Fire TV Cube is more expensive than the Fire Stick, so it is not the most budget-friendly device on the market.
It wouldn’t be a Fire Stick Tricks review without, of course, mentioning the Amazon FireStick itself.
This is one of the most popular and well-known streaming devices, and there are many reasons why that’s the case.
It is a budget-friendly option if you’re looking to cut the cord, without meaning you’ll have to compromise on quality. It features fast streaming capabilities, so you can watch your favorite movies and TV shows in high definition without waiting around for them to buffer.
The Fire Stick also includes side-loading abilities, enabling users to conveniently install apps that aren’t available on the Amazon App Store. You will also find that you can ‘jailbreak’ this device, allowing you to gain access to free movies and TV shows too.
This device also includes an Amazon Alexa Voice Remote, making it even easier to use, so you don’t even have to push a button. It features 8GB of storage capacity, along with 4K streaming capabilities.
Roku is a popular streaming device, which is often compared to the Amazon FireStick due to its setup.
However, there are a few clear differences from the FireStick that make the Roku device stand out in its own right. The Roku Streaming Stick has a clear user interface that is time-tested, with the content being easy to search through too.
The remote itself is durable and won’t suffer too much from wear and tear should it get dropped. It is overall a great streaming device for those new to the world of cord-cutting, while the Amazon FireStick is typically more cluttered in its interface, despite being higher-powered.
With Roku, you’ll have access to apps such as Netflix, Tubi, and Apple TV, along with a whole host of others. However, it does not feature ‘side-loading’ capabilities, which means you won’t have as wide-ranging access to apps as other streaming devices.
NVIDIA have established themselves as a respected brand amongst the streaming device community, with the addition of their NVIDIA SHIELD to the market.
This streaming device is compatible with Android TV systems, but it does include side-loading capabilities, so you can access apps that aren’t available in the Google Play Store.
It comes with 4K streaming quality, which is enhanced by the NVIDIA Tegra X1+ processor. This makes it a great streaming device for gamers in particular, due to the fast processing speed.
Depending on which model you choose, this streaming device will feature either 8 or 16GB of storage capacity, so you can pick which device will suit you and your needs.
However, it is worth noting that this is not the most budget-friendly device on the market, but its high-powered processor makes it a great choice if you’re serious about streaming.
5. X96 Max Android TV Box
This is a streaming device popular amongst gamers and streamers, and with its powerful performance, it’s no surprise as to why.
The X96 Max Android TV Box is available in either 2GB or 4GB RAM options, and features up to 64GB of storage capacity. This is a huge amount when compared to other devices on the market, making it a great choice if you plan on installing a lot of content.
If you’re keen to side-load apps to your device, rather than using paid apps such as Netflix, then this could be the device for you. It also comes with IPVanish Compatibility, to help keep you protected.
If you’re planning to ‘cut the cord’ on your satellite subscription, then there’s clearly plenty of great streaming devices out there for you to choose from.
Each streaming device will have its own pros and cons, but we hope our rundown of the best streaming devices has given you an insight into what to look out for when you want to take charge of your entertainment system.
Thanks for reading!