Editors' Choice

We review hundreds of products in a wide range of categories each year. Here's the best of the best in media streamers.

Roku Streaming Stick (2016) review

Compact, nimble, and powerful, the new Roku Streaming stick is the Porsche Boxster of streaming media players. See Full Review »

Our Score 9

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Roku Streaming Stick (2016) Review

  • Lightning quick
  • Wireless audio through smart phones
  • All the apps
  • Doesn’t favor any one streaming service
  • Best search around
  • No 4K support
  • No HDMI extension
Our Score 9

Amazon Echo Dot Review

  • Compact and unobtrusive
  • Connects to any audio system
  • Far-field voice recognition
  • Constantly evolving functionality
  • On-board sound is weak
Our Score 9

Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter v2 Review

  • Wirelessly mirrors Windows and Android screens…
  • Easy to connect
  • Surprisingly great range
  • Lag makes even basic gaming impossible
  • Doesn’t work with Apple devices
Our Score 7

Apple TV (2015) Review

  • Easy and fun to use
  • Fantastic remote control
  • Zippy operation
  • tvOS versions of apps are great
  • AirPlay mirroring
  • Does not support 4K
  • No optical digital audio port
  • Lacks some key apps
  • No expandable storage
Our Score 6

4SeTV Review

  • Shows 4 simultaneous streams
  • Supports multiple users, multiple devices
  • Solid streaming quality
  • Potential for more features with firmware upgrades
  • No DVR functionality
  • No Wi-Fi built-in
  • No access to other hardware sources
  • Depends entirely on what OTA coverage you have
  • Frustrating input lag
Our Score 5

SlimPort Nano-Console Review

  • Mirrors screen with low latency
  • Bluetooth remote
  • Very limited compatibility
  • Aesthetically ugly
  • Remote is fiddly
  • Drops picture frequently
Our Score 4

Roku 4 Streaming Media Player Review

  • Best-in-class operating system
  • Best-in-class content search
  • Extremely handy mobile app
  • Optical Digital Audio on-board
  • 4K Ultra HD support with HDCP 2.2
  • No HDR support
  • Some apps feel dated
Our Score 9

Google Chromecast Audio Review

  • Highly stable streaming
  • Sounds better than Bluetooth
  • Brilliantly simple setup
  • Extremely affordable
  • Multiroom audio support
  • Won’t stream iTunes or Apple Music from iOS…
  • Third-party app required to stream audio from a…
  • Included audio cable is relatively useless
Our Score 8