Google Android TV Stick “Sabrina” will use older Amlogic S905X2 chipset but still a big upgrade vs Chromecast Ultra

It has been two years since the Chromecast 3rd gen was released and nearly 4 years since the Chromecast Ultra, but it looks like we will get some new hardware soon. A recent Android TV dongle, code-named “Sabrina” was revealed in a marketing video. Now a pre-release firmware build for the device has identified some … Read more

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 vs Capsule vs Capsule Max vs Mars II  As … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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