If our beloved television has been with us for a few years, it has probably been a bit outdated in terms of options access and playback of multimedia content. This is something that we can solve by buying a new generation model that has all the software integrated, something that involves a significant financial outlay, or by opting to add an external multimedia player to it that takes care of these tasks.
If we do not have a large budget, the latter will be the best option, since it will give us access to the latest streaming and video-on-demand services available, but also games, music playback, increased connectivity, web browsing, application installation, etc.
If you are thinking of buying one of these useful devices this Christmas but you don’t really know what options are on the market right now, here is a review of some of the most interesting ones on the market right now with prices between 30 and 170 euros.
A classic in this sector is the Chromecasta dongle that connects directly to the tv hdmi port and stream to stream your favorite content directly from your mobile with just a touch. This version does not have a dedicated remote control, hence its lower price, but it allows you to access all kinds of movies, videos, songs, games, sports and services such as Full HD resolution. Netflix, YouTube TV and HBO NOW. Its price is 28.99 euros.
Fire TV Stick Lite
If you want to improve your old TV but spending very little you can opt for this Fire TV Stick Lite, the most basic version of the Amazon dongle with Full HD quality. It comes with the Alexa voice control and compatibility with Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Disney+, DAZN, Atresplayer, Mitele and more. Its price is 29.99 euros.
Fire TV Stick Lite with Alexa Voice Remote | Lite (no TV controls), HD streaming
Fire TV Stick
If you want to update your TV but do not need a 4K player, you can opt for the intermediate version of the Fire TV Stick with Alexa voice remote, with 50% more power than the 2019 Fire TV Stick, offers Full HD streaming, access to thousands of apps, Alexa skills, Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Disney+, DAZN, Atresplayer, Mitele and more. Its price is 39.99 euros.
Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote (includes TV controls), HD streaming device
Xiaomi TV Stick 4K
Another option in the mid-range is the Xiaomi TV Stick 4K, an HDMI skewer-type player that now comes with more power, 4K resolution, Cortex-A35 quad-core processor with Mali-G31 MP2 GPU and 2GB of RAM. It is controlled by an operating system android tv 11 and has the ability to play videos with AV1 codec. Its price is 53.39 euros.
Xiaomi TV Stick 4K XM310009 Noir
Fire TV Stick 4K
Another interesting device is the Fire TV Stick 4K, that we were able to test in its day and that we can use to provide streaming playback capabilities to any television with an HDMI port. Supports 4K Ultra HD video at up to 60 fps, with Dolby Vision, HDR and HDR10+, as well as surround sound Dolby Atmos on select Prime Video titles. Its price today is 59.99 euros.
Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote (includes TV controls)
Fire TV Stick 4K Max
If what you want is to have the maximum power available in the Amazon player, you can opt for the new model Fire TV Stick 4K Max, 40% more powerful than the Fire TV Stick 4K, so apps launch faster and browsing is smoother. It features next-generation Wi-Fi 6, support for Dolby Vision, HDR, HDR10+, and immersive Dolby Atmos audio. Its price is 64.99 euros.
Meet the Fire TV Stick 4K Max with Wi-Fi 6 and Alexa Voice Remote (includes TV controls)
Xiaomi Mi Box S
If you have a television with an outdated smart TV platform, you can update it with this simple but powerful external media player xiaomi mi boxa model that we were able to analyze in its day compatible with signals a 4K HDR and 60hz at 60 images per second through the HDMI 2.0a port, with 8GB of internal memory, WiFi and HDMI connectivity, as well as operating system Android TV 8.1. It is priced at 69.66 euros.
Xiaomi MI TV BOX S – Streaming player in 4K Ultra HD, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Google Assistant with Chromecast, Black
Mecool KD3 UHD
In the mid-range we find this Mecool KD3 UHD, a player in HDMI skewer format with Google TV as an operating system. Supports the playback of streaming content through apps such as Netflix, HBO Max, Prime Video, Disney+, it supports the AV1 codec and 4K 60fps videos. Its price is 69.99 euros.
MECOOL KD3 UHD Stick TV | Android TV 11 Google Certified | AMLogic S905Y4 16500 DMIPS 2GB RAM and 8GBROM | Wi-Fi Dual Band AV1 | Bluetooth 5.0
Apple TV 4K (3rd generation)
One of the already classic players is the Apple TV 4K, a model that has been renewed this 2022 being more powerful, lighter and versatile. It mounts a latest generation A15 Bionic processor, USB-C port and is compatible with HDR10 + and Dolby Vision. Its price is 169 euros.
2022 Apple TV 4K (Wi-Fi) 64GB (3rd generation)
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