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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

MSRP: $49.00

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Roku 1
REVIEW

Roku 1

The Roku 1 offers the same excellent experience that's found on other Roku boxes at a new low price, but there aren't many reasons to choose it over the new Streaming Stick or step-up Roku boxes.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on March 10, 2014
Roku 2
REVIEW

Roku 2 (newer model available)

The Roku 2 offers tons of content sources and an innovative remote with built-in headphone jack for less, but the Roku 3 is still our favorite pick.

4 stars Editors' rating on October 25, 2013
Vizio Co-Star LT
EDITORS' TAKE

Vizio Co-Star LT

Vizio's new Vizio Co-Star LT smart-TV box has an HDMI input for integrating cable and onboard apps.

MSRP: $79.99

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Google Chromecast
REVIEW

Google Chromecast

Google's $35 Chromecast stick is a cheap and easy way to add streaming video and music to your TV, but it still isn't as fully featured as similarly priced Roku boxes.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 25, 2013
3 stars User rating out of 45 votes
Roku 3
REVIEW

Roku 3 (newer model available)

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.

4.5 stars Editors' rating on March 11, 2013
3.4 stars User rating out of 41 votes
Western Digital TV Play
REVIEW

Western Digital TV Play

The WD TV Play is the best alternative to Roku and Apple TV for viewers looking to access their personal media collection.

4 stars Editors' rating on February 12, 2013

MSRP: $69.99

Visit manufacturer site for details.

Asus Qube with Google TV
EDITORS' TAKE

Asus Qube with Google TV

The Asus Qube runs the newest version of Google TV and features a custom, Asus-designed user interface.

MSRP: $139.99

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Netgear GTV100 NeoTV Prime w/ Google TV
EDITORS' TAKE

Netgear GTV100 NeoTV Prime w/ Google TV

Netgear's latest in its NeoTV player line now also offers Google Play, full Web access, live TV, and a lot more

1 star User rating out of 1 vote