Category: Media Players / Streamers

Anker Nebula Capsule II mini projector review – Is it better than the older Capsule, Mars & Benq GV1? Score 90%

Anker Nebula Capsule II mini projector review – Is it better than the older Capsule, Mars & Benq GV1?

Pico and mini projectors have become increasingly popular in recent years, offering big-screen entertainment anywhere you want, at a reasonably affordable price. The Nebula Capsule II is the latest projector from Anker padding out their product lineup to include four projectors in total. Nebula Capsule II Smart Mini Projector, by Anker, Palm-Sized 200 ANSI Lumen 720p HD Portable Projector with Wi-Fi, DLP, 8W Speaker, 100 Inch Picture, 5,000+ Apps, Movie Projector, Home Entertainment £549.99 Buy on Amazon Nebula Capsule II vs Capsule vs Capsule Max vs Mars II   Nebula Capsule IINebula CapsuleNebula Capsule MaxNebula Mars II Pro ChipsetAmlogic S905X...

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Netflix starts streaming in AV1 but do any chipsets support it? Amlogic S905X4, S908X vs Broadcom BCM7218X

Video codecs are not the most exciting of things but they make a huge difference with the media we consume. Currently, when we watch Netflix they use the VP9 codec by default which was originally developed by Google. This codec is natively supported on Android in both software and the hardware. The hardware support is important as it reduces the workload on the CPU, which avoids performance issues. AV1 is a newer codec which is a royalty-free open codec, so free for anyone to use and it is was backed with some of the biggest names in the business...

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Amazon launch Fire TV Blaster – Fire TV Cube functionality for older devices

The stand out feature of the Fire TV Cube is the ability to control you AV equipment using voice commands. With the new Fire TV Blaster, you can combine and existing Fire TV Stick plus Echo and gain full voice control over your gear. The Fire TV Blaster is a small IR blaster that works in unison with your existing hardware and costs just £34.99. When you pair an Echo with a Fire TV device, you can say things like “Alexa, play Stranger Things” or “Alexa, fast forward 20 minutes”. By adding Fire TV Blaster to their set up, customers can extend voice control to...

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Nvidia Shield (2019) review – Lower price, Dolby Vision & an improved remote, but let down by 32-bit Android OS. Score 78%

Nvidia Shield (2019) review – Lower price, Dolby Vision & an improved remote, but let down by 32-bit Android OS.

The original Nvidia Shield TV launched in 2015, with a revision in 2017 using the same system on chip but in a sleeker design and some other minor improvements. In its four years of existence, it has been regarded as one of, if not the best set-top boxes on the market. Impressively, Nvidia has continued to push updates for the system making the Shield one of the longest supported Android devices ever. However, the older model was starting to show its age, for me, the big omission was the lack of Dolby Vision which offers superior HDR performance over...

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Is the tubular Nvidia Shield TV 2019 32-bit or 64-bit? Can 64-bit apps run on it?

As I started to write my glowing review of the Nvidia Shield TV 2019 it was brought to my attention that Nvidia has decided to use a 32-bit built of Android on the device. It is claimed that this is for the tubular shaped, none pro model which has 2GB of RAM. It is speculated that this could be due to both Android and its apps requiring a smaller amount of memory in 32bit mode. However, the decision to do this will affect your ability to install some apps because they are in 64-bit only which includes the popular...

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Amazon Fire TV Cube 2019 Review – Still one of the best streaming devices on the market, but less impressive than last year. Score 75%

Amazon Fire TV Cube 2019 Review – Still one of the best streaming devices on the market, but less impressive than last year.

The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Ultra HD was and still is one of the best streaming devices on the market. With an RRP of £49.99, at the time of launch, it was one of two devices supporting Dolby Vision and HDR10+ and a fraction of the price of the Apple TV. The year has seen the introduction of the Fire TV Cube which takes all the features from the Fire TV Stick 4K bumps up the processing spec then shoves it inside a cube shape along with an Echo Dot. Fire TV Cube | Hands free with Alexa,...

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Amazon Fire TV Cube and the Ring doorbell notifications

Last month Amazon started shipping the new Amazon Fire TV Cube and my review of it will be live shortly. In short, this is an Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K combined with an Echo Dot shoved inside a cube. You pay more than double the price of last years Fire TV but you get more performance, and full voice control over your TV, as well as all the benefits an Echo dot has. It is still one of the best options on the market, but with the increased price and the new lower-priced Nvidia Shield, it is much less impressive...

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NVIDIA Shield TV Pro & Standard 2019 vs Shield TV 2017 vs Fire TV Cube 2019 Compared – Which is the best streaming device for 2019?

Yesterday Nvidia finally took the wraps off their new NVIDIA Shield TV and the Pro models with the new tubular-shaped model lowering the price down to £150 compared to the £180 currently charged for the existing model, and making it quite competitive with the new Fire TV Cube at £110. With Black Friday and Christmas coming up people will no doubt be looking for a great deal on streaming devices, and if you want the absolute best which is it? Related Content NVIDIA Shield TV 2019 ReviewAmazon Fire TV Cube ReviewAmazon Fire TV Cube 4K (2019) vs Nvidia ShieldNew...

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Nvidia Shield TV Pro expected to launch on October 28th for $199

The Nvidia Shield TV has long been regarded as one of, if not the best set-top streaming boxes on the market. Even though it is several years old the Tegra X1 chipset and regular software updates have kept it relevant compared to many newer devices. Related Content Nintendo Switch Lite Tegra X1 T210B01 vs T210Nvidia Shield with Plex Server and live TV via HDHomeRun Guide & Review Following the update of the Nintendo Switch with a 16nm chip revision of the X1 it has been much rumoured that a new Shield is also on the way. This is now...

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Raspberry Pi 4 vs Odroid XU4 vs Odroid N2 – Which is best for Kodi or Plex?

[Original Post 27-July-19][Updated 27-September-2019] Added new DietPi benchmarks With the early launch of the Raspberry Pi 4, there is a tremendous amount of hype about the single-board computer, and pretty much every online store is sold out of stock. The new model is a huge upgrade from the previous generation with a massive improvement across the board, including a much-improved CPU, more RAM, proper gigabit ethernet and USB 3.0. This makes the RPi4 an appealing prospect for many home networking projects such as a Plex media server, Kodi box, NAS, home automation and many more projects. In recent years,...

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Amazon Fire TV Cube 4K (2019) vs Nvidia Shield – Which is the ultimate set-top streaming box?

I watch way too much TV and movies, most of it is streamed, via Netflix or other services or on my local server via both Kodi and Plex. I am always on the quest for the best, and ideally affordable, set-top box to handle all my media needs. The Nvidia Shield is universally praised, many people regard it as the best of the best, and I do love it myself. It is not perfect though, it lacks Dolby Vision and HDR10+, and there are limited UK catch up services. On the flip side, last years Amazon Fire TV 4K...

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New Fire TV Cube 4K Ultra vs Amazon Fire TV 4K HDR vs 1st Gen Fire TV Cube – The new Fire TV Cube has some impressive improvements with Cortex A73 CPU & Mali-G52 GPU

Amazon had one of their most significant launches in years at IFA, not only have they launched a new vs New Fire TV Cube but announced the integration of Amazon Fire TV with several TV brands and the Anker Nebula Soundbar. The UK never got the original Fire TV Cube, but the new one is now up for pre-order on Amazon for £109.99 with a launch date of October 10, 2019. Even though I ordered the new Fire TV cube immediately, I was curious to find out if it is worth more than double the price of the Amazon...

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