Top five internet TV boxes for 2019
By Martin Pratt
Looking for an internet TV box or streaming stick but don't have time to shop around? You're in the right place - we've rounded up the five best models on the market to make your decision simple.
Internet TV boxes is a market dominated by so many big names that it can be easy to pack it all in and simply pick one you're familiar with. There's no need to despair, or even to do your own research - we've done all the hard work so you don't have to. Any one of the five streamers below will do a fantastic job.
There's something for everybody, with all levels of technical nous considered. From Apple fans to Google users, technophobes to technofiles, and every sort of budget, there's sure to be a top-tier internet TV box for you.
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Internet TV boxes: five things to consider when choosing
All of the products featured in the table above scored exceptionally well in our testing, but that doesn't mean that they'll all meet your specific needs. Here are five important things you should bear in mind when buying a new streamer:
- Make sure it has all the apps you want If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber then you'd kick yourself for buying a streamer that doesn't support Prime Video. It sounds silly, but it's an easy mistake to make.
- Make sure it has the right internet connection for your home Nowadays, most models have dropped the ethernet port. If you still rely on a wired internet connection, then be sure you choose a device that has one.
- Do you care about physical remotes? Some streaming dongles, such as the Google Chromecast line, don't use a dedicated remote. Instead you control it entirely through another connected device. Some people prefer a physical remote control, while others would consider a remote unnecessary clutter. Think about which you'd prefer before buying.
- Do you need 4K? When treating yourself to a new gadget it can be tempting to buy the flashiest, newest model. Take 4K streaming, for example: if you don't have a 4K TV, there's little reason to buy one that costs extra for the capability. On the other hand, though, don't rule them out just because you don't have a 4K TV yet. If you upgrade in a year or two you won't want to have to buy a new streamer to match.
- Does it work with all your other devices? Certain internet TV boxes don't work with certain connected devices, depending on what operating system they run. Whether you're an iOS or Android user, a Windows or Mac owner, make sure the internet TV box you're looking at is compatible with your other devices.