Best Media Streamers for 2018

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    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 8 Ecosystem
    • 10 Features
    • 9 Performance
    Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
    Best voice controls

    The Fire TV Stick 4K is very good for everyone, but the best reason to choose it over Roku is if you have an Alexa speaker and want to use its superior voice control in your system.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 10 Design
    • 10 Ecosystem
    • 10 Features
    • 9 Performance
    Apple TV 4K
    Best high-end 4K HDR streamer

    With more features and capabilities than you'll ever use, as well as Amazon video (finally!), Dolby Vision capability and overall superb performance and design, the Apple TV 4K is the best streamer on the market for those who want to afford it.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 6 Design
    • 9 Ecosystem
    • 5 Features
    • 7 Performance
    Roku Express (2017)
    Best basic streamer

    You expect a streamer this cheap to suck somehow, but the Express does not. It's plenty-fast, packed with apps and unlike Chromecast, actually includes a remote control. All you need to stream, nothing you don't.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 8 Ecosystem
    • 9 Features
    • 8 Performance
    Amazon Fire TV Cube
    Best for whole-system voice control

    While it's not quite a Harmony remote replacement yet, the unique Amazon Fire TV Cube is worth the investment for people who want an full-featured streamer that can also use Alexa voice commands to control their TV, sound bar and AV receiver.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 6 Design
    • 9 Ecosystem
    • 6 Features
    • 7 Performance
    Roku Express Plus (2017)
    Best streamer for old TVs

    If your TV lacks HDMI inputs, you don't have very many choices in streaming device. The Express+ is the best, delivering Roku's superb app ecosystem, ease of use and even free cables.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 7 Ecosystem
    • 6 Features
    • 8 Performance
    Google Chromecast (2015)
    Best value for phone-centric users

    If you can watch it on your phone or tablet or computer, the dirt-cheap Chromecast can probably put it on your TV. The downside? There's no separate remote, so you'll need your phone or tablet or computer to use it. Or your Google Home speaker.

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