The best TV streaming boxes and sticks - reviewed

From Apple TV to Amazon's efforts, we pick the best boxes and sticks for streaming
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Gone are the dark days of low-res entertainment. Banished to the bin of bad telly be the buffering disappointment of 720p. Next-gen streaming sticks and bandwidth-busting TV boxes are here – and they signal the arrival of a hi-res revolution.

Whilst a world of from-the-web telly awaits, choosing the right box for your TV takes a bit of thought. Fancy 4K? After an Apple? Want to stream some games? One device most certainly does not offer all these features.

Thankfully, we here at Stuff know a thing or two about what makes a streaming box brill – and we’ve put the cream of the connected content crop up against each other. Read on to find out which is our favourite.

Tech specs

Storage: 8GB (expandable) ● Connectivity: HDMI; ethernet; USB 3.0; microSD  Video output: 720p and 1080p up to 60fps; 2160p up to 30fps ● RAM: 2GB ● Dimensions: 115x115x17.8mm

Tech specs

Storage: 256mb (expandable)  Connectivity: HDMI; ethernet; USB ● Video output: 720p and 1080 up to 60fps  RAM: 256mb ● Dimensions: 88.9x88.9x25.4mm 

Tech specs

Storage: 256mb ● Connectivity: HDMI; microUSB ● Video output: 1080p up to 60fps ● RAM: 512mb ● Dimensions: 124x124x43mm

Tech specs

Storage: 32/64GB  Connectivity: HDMI; ethernet; USB-C ● Video output: 1080p up to 60fps ● RAM: 2GB ● Dimensions: 98x98x35mm

Tech specs

Storage: 8GB  Connectivity: HDMI; microUSB (power only), Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1 ● Video output: 1080p up to 60fps ● RAM: 1GB ● Dimensions: 85.9mm x 30.0mm x 13.6mm

Tech specs

Storage: 256MB ● Connectivity: HDMI; microUSB (power only); Wi-Fi 802.11 (a/b/g/n)  Video output: 1080p ● RAM: 512MB ● Dimensions: 79 x 27 x11mm

Tech specs

Storage: 16/500GB ● Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet; HDMI 2.0; 2x USB 3.0; Micro-USB 2.0; MicroSD slot ● Video output: 1080p up to 60fps; 4K playback at up to 60fps ● RAM: 3GB ● Dimensions: 210 x 130 x 250 mm

Tech specs

Storage: 16GB ● Connectivity: HDMI; Ethernet; USB 2.0; microSD; Bluetooth; Wi-Fi  Video output: 1080p ● RAM: 1GB ● Dimensions: 83x83x24mm