Apple TV 4K

The Good The Apple TV 4K delivers the best streaming video available to compatible 4K, HDR and Dolby Vision TVs. It offers the most polished streaming experience today, the best remote on the market and excellent Siri voice options. It's just $30, £30 or AU$40 more than the non-4K box.

The Bad The Apple TV 4K is expensive. It doesn't stream YouTube in 4K or offer Dolby Atmos audio. Cheaper streaming devices from Roku and others offer similar image quality and capabilities, as well as more 4K apps.

The Bottom Line If you can swing the price and want the best streamer available today, get the Apple TV 4K.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 10.0
  • Ecosystem 10.0
  • Features 10.0
  • Performance 9.0
  • Value 7.0
8.7 Overall

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Review

The best TV streamer -- if you're willing to spend up

Now that it finally includes an app for Amazon video, Apple's 4K streaming box is the hands-down best product of its kind. But you should only buy one if you want a premium experience and are willing to pay for it.

It combines the best streaming video quality available today -- including Dolby Vision HDR, which no other streamer offers -- with the smoothest, most polished feel. It's as quick and capable as any streamer around. And if you just bought an expensive 4K HDR TV, the price of stepping up to an Apple TV might seem like a very worthwhile drop in the bucket.

My favorite streamer is the Roku Streaming Stick Plus, because it costs less than half as much and is almost as good. Both do basically the same things very well, and Roku has its own substantial advantages beyond price. It has more 4K apps, including YouTube, whose numerous 4K videos aren't available on Apple TV 4K, and Vudu, which has more first-run 4K HDR movies than iTunes. Roku's platform is more content-neutral, and I love its price-centric search results.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $179
  • Brand Apple
  • Type digital multimedia receiver
  • Additional Features Apple AirPlay support, HDR10 color, iCloud support
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