Media Streamers

Roku 2
REVIEW

Roku 2 ( 2015)

A nearly perfect mix of speed, features, price and ecosystem make the Roku 2 our favorite streaming device yet.

5 stars Editors' rating on April 17, 2015
1 star User rating out of 2 votes
Roku 3
REVIEW

Roku 3 ( 2015)

Voice search makes the Roku 3 the best video streamer in its price class, but if you don't need it or the remote's headphone jack, save some money and get the Roku 2.

4.5 stars Editors' rating on April 10, 2015
2.9 stars User rating out of 6 votes
Amazon Fire TV Stick
REVIEW

Amazon Fire TV Stick

While it doesn't match the app selection or search capabilities of Roku, Amazon's Fire TV Stick's solid performance and mastery of Amazon content make it easily worth the $40 price.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 19, 2014
4.2 stars User rating out of 3 votes
Western Digital WD TV Media Player
REVIEW

Western Digital WD TV Media Player ( 2014)

While not for everyone, the WD TV's adroit playback of video and music files makes it the perfect living room box for people with large digital media collections.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 14, 2014
2.6 stars User rating out of 7 votes
Google Nexus Player
REVIEW

Google Nexus Player

Until it receives a major infusion of native apps and developer support, and better integrates non-Google services, the Nexus Player with Android TV offers no compelling upgrade over other streaming devices.

3 stars Editors' rating on November 3, 2014
1 star User rating out of 1 vote
Philips Blu-ray Surround Base HTB3525B
REVIEW

Philips Blu-ray Surround Base HTB3525B

The Philips HTB3525B packs Blu-ray, Smart TV, and Bluetooth into an affordable sound bar, making it a great choice if you're looking for an all-in-one system.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 25, 2014
Amazon Fire TV
REVIEW

Amazon Fire TV

The Fire TV streaming-media box is an impressive living room debut for Amazon, with standout features like voice search, gaming, and superfast video streaming, but it falls short of being an elite streamer -- at least for now.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on April 3, 2014
2.9 stars User rating out of 4 votes
Roku Streaming Stick
REVIEW

Roku Streaming Stick ( 2014)

Roku's Streaming Stick offers tons of apps, a real remote, and a compact design for just $50, making it the best streaming stick and an outstanding value.

4 stars Editors' rating on March 28, 2014
2.5 stars User rating out of 4 votes
Roku LT
REVIEW

Roku LT ( 2013)

The Roku LT is the best budget streaming-media device, easily topping the $35 Chromecast.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 5, 2013
PLAiR 2
REVIEW

PLAiR 2

Plair 2 is an interesting Chromecast alternative that offers access to the full suite of Android apps, but it's just not reliable enough to recommend.

2 stars Editors' rating on November 1, 2013