Roku Streaming Stick and Stick+ review: A new remote makes a big difference

During Amazon’s Prime Day sale you can snag the Roku Streaming Stick for just $34—a 32 percent savings. See all of our picks for the best deals for cord cutters. In a perfect world, cutting the cable cord and setting up a new streaming player would allow you to toss …

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K review: This is the media streamer to beat

During Amazon’s Prime Day sale you can snag the Fire TV Stick 4K for a mere $25 (50 percent off!), making it the best deal in streaming devices we know of. The Fire TV Stick 4K is the media streamer that Amazon should have released years ago. Cooler than a Roku …

No, your smart TV isn’t catching viruses

Earlier this week, a Twitter post by Samsung became fodder for the internet outrage machine by suggesting that users should periodically run a virus scan on their smart TVs. “Prevent malicious software attacks on your TV by scanning for viruses on your TV every few weeks,” Samsung’s support account wrote, …

Synology DS419slim NAS box review: A low-profile, power-saving media server for the smart home

Small is good when it comes to NAS boxes designed to serve up audio and video over a home network. Synology’s 4-bay DS419slim, being built for 2.5-inch drives, is significantly less bulky than the average NAS box designed to accommodate 3.5-inch drives. The DS419slim is perfect for SATA SSDs (solid-state …

Do you need an antenna to cut the cord?

A lowly over-the-air antenna is among the most cost-effective and longest-running ways to cut cable TV, letting you watch all the major broadcast networks and more with no monthly fees. But before you start fretting over antenna types, installation locations, and over-the-air DVRs, take a moment to consider whether you …

Grace Digital Mondo+ Classic review: A neoclassical clock radio for the internet age

Grace Digital dives into the mid-century modern design revival with the aptly named Mondo+ Classic internet radio. With its buffed warm sound and soft good looks, this glorified $250 (MSRP) table radio evokes vintage 1950s and 60s products from such makers as Zenith, KLH, Grundig, and RCA; radios that stood …