Getting Smart TVs are no longer necessary, in this day and age. That’s because if you’d like to turn your regular television set into a fully-functioning computer, it’s always just as easy as connecting a compact stick to your TV’s HDMI port.
With inventions like Google’s Chromebit, it’s just as easy as 1-2-3.
But if you’re not the type who’d like to turn his household TV into a full-blown computer— yet you think it’s still grand, being able to watch your favorite Netflix movies and YouTube videos on a bigger screen— don’t worry, technology companies came up with something that’s just right for you.
They’re called streaming sticks.
Now there are three types of streaming sticks that you can choose from, and the only predicament you’re currently left in is which one to choose. So here’s a guide for you.
When it comes to the tag prices that come with these streaming sticks, there is absolutely no doubt that Google’s Chromecast— valued at around $44— is the cheapest. It’s about the same price as the company’s Chromebit, which, as mentioned earlier, is that small stick that magically turns your TV into a computer.
Amazon’s Fire TV stick is priced at about $51, but you’ll have to pay for a monthly subscription for Amazon’s Instant Video streaming services on top of that.
The Roku streaming stick is the costliest among the three, which is priced at $73. As to why it’s pricier than all the others, you’ll realize why, later on.
Which is the easiest to use among these streaming sticks? That would be the Roku streaming stick. Apart from the fact that the device comes with its very own remote control, the interface that this streaming stick uses is a whole lot friendlier than all the others.
The Chromecast, on the other hand, can not stand on its own. You’ll need the help of a smartphone or a tablet to actually get the content that you’d like on your TV.
Like Roku, the Amazon Fire TV streaming stick comes with its own remote control, but the downside is that it was built for users to view stuff mainly from Amazon’s streaming services.
So which streaming stick can be deemed the best out of all the three?
If you paid close attention you would have decided by now. But in case you still haven’t:
All three streaming sticks can be used with BBC iPlayer, Netflix, and of course, YouTube.
The Roku streaming stick offers 1,400 channels to choose from, but on the more technical side of things— Amazon’s Fire TV streaming stick has a faster processor and a larger memory.
So. Which one will you get?