Home Entertainment:

Best home video products of 2014

Updated

Though the TV is the centerpiece of any home theater, it's really just a glorified monitor. The real fun comes with picking the video sources that will plug into it. We've chosen a cross-section of some of the best home video devices to round out any home theater. But given the wide variety of home video options--Blu-ray, video game consoles, HDTV services, and streaming-media players--we're providing plenty of alternatives and caveats, too.

Best streaming-video box

Roku 3

The Roku 3 is the best streaming-video box yet, with tons of content sources, lightning-fast performance, and an innovative remote with built-in headphone jack.

Price: $89.89 - $106.94 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding Roku's speedy streamer is the best box yet

Best all-around home video device

Sony PlayStation 3 Super Slim (250GB) Uncharted 3 Limited Edition Bundle

The latest PS3 slims down to its smallest size ever while retaining everything we like -- and a few things we don't -- about the PlayStation 3 gaming console.

Price: $274.19 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Best streaming-media box for Apple fans

Apple TV (2012)

While it's still a step behind the Roku 3, the Apple TV is an excellent streaming box, especially for those invested in the Apple ecosystem.

Price: $92.98 - $111.88 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Best universal remote value

Logitech Harmony 650

The Logitech Harmony 650 is one of the best universal remotes you can buy for less than $100.

Price: $49.99 - $79.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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