Media streaming devices emerged on the market not long ago, but it seems already that they are the next big thing. Some of the largest technology companies offer media streaming gadgets including Apple, Google and Amazon. In fact, the largest online retailer has recently announced its second media streamer – Fire TV Stick. During a short period of time, the media streaming devices market market became incredibly diverse. For those, planning to spend on such a gadget this holiday season, it may be a true challenge selecting the streamer that will best meet their needs, even considering the significant price drops during Cyber Monday Deals Week. That is why we are offering a quick guide on media streamers and their strongest suits.
Best High-End Media Streamer – Amazon Fire TV
If you want the best possible quality, regardless of the price, Amazon Fire TV is definitely the media streamer for you. It will cost you nearly $100, which is a rather high price for a device in this category. (Certified Refurbished Amazon Fire TV with voice search, only $79). Nevertheless, it offers an excellent media streaming experience, since Amazon’s box is the most powerful you will be able to find at the moment. It has 2GB of memory, quad-core processor, dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi and even Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. It supports almost all popular streaming services, like Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, YouTube, Crackle, Hulu Plus and Pandora.
Best Budget Option – Google Chromecast
The top low-cost media streamer you can get is Google’s Chromecast, which is even now discounted by 35% on Amazon for Cyber Monday Deals Week. Although its original price tag of $35 is very close to that of Amazon’s Fire TV Stick, it still remains the most affordable option. Also, the device is compatible with almost everything that is streamed online. Practically, you can just plug into your TV and steam any online video you want to.
Best for Apple Fans – Apple TV
Users who have already invested in Apple devices and services, like iTunes, should not hesitate ordering Apple TV. It is deeply rooted into the U.S. giant’s massive ecosystem. Yet, it is also open to a number of outside platforms, including Netflix, Flickr and YouTube.
Best for Couch Potatoes – Roku 3 Streaming Media Player
If you are interested in watching films and TV shows all day long, you will need a media streamer that is simple to use and couch-potato-friendly. Roku 3 is a streamer that is quite easy to operate and it comes with a remote, meaning you will not even need to stand from your seat. Also, it has a built-in headphone jack, allowing you to keep on binge watching even when everyone’s at home. Its original price was $99, but you can get it with $15 discount during Amazon’s Cyber Monday Deals Week.
Best for Gamers – Asus Nexus Player
The Nexus Player is one of the newest media streamers, but it is already gaining popularity as a media streaming device for gamers. You can easily turn it into a gaming console by plugging a controller to it. Well, you will only be able to play Android games, but for a media streamer it offers a surprisingly thrilling gaming experience.
Best Portable Media Streamer – Fire TV Stick
Last, but not least, is Amazon’s latest product, Fire TV Stick with a price tag of $39. The retailer advertises it as the most powerful streaming stick on the market and it is right. It gives users a quick access to more than 200,000 TV shows and films, hundreds of games, as well as millions of songs. Its storage capacity is four times bigger than that of Chromecast and it is six times faster than Roku Streaming Stick. Despite that, it is as light and portable as its competitors.
All of these media streaming devices are currently present on Amazon’s best selling list in the category Media Streamers, which only proves their popularity among consumers.