Roku Express (2019) review: A inexpensive streamer with a cheap remote

In 2019, you shouldn’t have to juggle more than one remote control to watch TV. With most media-streamer remotes, volume and power buttons are built in, so you don’t need to keep a second remote handy. The Roku Express is a notable exception. At $30, it’s the cheapest streaming player …

Roku Express (2019) review: An inexpensive streamer with a cheap remote

In 2019, you shouldn’t have to juggle more than one remote control to watch TV. With most media-streamer remotes, volume and power buttons are built in, so you don’t need to keep a second remote handy. The Roku Express is a notable exception. At $30, it’s the cheapest streaming player …

The all-new Nvidia Shield TV costs $150, but packs advanced features

Sure, Amazon briefly listed the new Nvidia Shield TV as available for pre-ordrer way back on October 17, but the capability of the company’s tiny streaming box still might surprise you. On Monday, the company formally introduced a new flagship Shield TV Pro, with an upgraded CPU that supports Dolby …

Amazon Fire TV Cube (second-generation) review: This is the best streaming box with voice control

At its best, Amazon’s Fire TV Cube feels like the future. With this $120 streaming box, which has built-in microphones for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, you can launch videos, tune to live TV channels, play music, and control your TV’s volume without ever touching a remote control. Of course, a …

Roku Smart Soundbar review: Easy controls make a big difference

The Roku Smart Soundbar won’t appeal to audiophiles. This $180 speaker—Roku’s second audio offering after its Roku TV Wireless Speakers–delivers only middling sound quality, and there’s just one opportunity for reinforcing its sonic performance. The feature that saves this speaker is its ability to also serve as a Roku streaming …

Roku Ultra (2019) review: It’s all about the buttons

How much do you value a few extra buttons? That’s the main question you must ask yourself when deciding between the 2019 Roku Ultra and cheaper Roku streamers. At $100, the Ultra is by far the most expensive Roku player, and it remains the only one with both a USB …

Where’s the “Low Data Mode” for streaming TV devices?

In a perfect and just world, cord-cutters wouldn’t have to deal with data caps on their home internet service. As internet providers themselves have admitted, these data caps have no real technical justification, they’re primarily a means of extracting more money from customers as their internet use grows. They can …

Xfinity Flex review: Comcast’s “free” streaming hardware/service combo is a work in progress

Media streaming boxes just keep getting better and cheaper, but nobody else has matched the “absolutely free” pricing of Comcast’s new Xfinity Flex. Exclusively available to cord-cutters who pay Comcast for broadband but not TV, Xfinity Flex consists of a 4K-capable set-top box and a competent, voice-activated, RF remote control …

Is the writing on the wall for the Apple TV?

Of all of Apple’s platforms, tvOS seems to have gotten the least attention in this year’s annual round of updates. When you think about it, that’s a little surprising. After all, Apple is on the verge of launching a major new video streaming service, and the Apple TV hardware device …

AirTV Mini review: A streaming dongle for Sling TV diehards

If you subscribe to Sling TV—and plan to for a while—the AirTV Mini could be the best streaming device for you. Unlike a Roku or Amazon Fire TV Stick, the $80 AirTV Mini is built around Sling’s live TV streaming service. The Sling TV app launches automatically when the device …