A lot of people are stuck inside their homes under the strict quarantine rules to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic so it’s only natural to search for in-home entertainment. Of course, watching TV and streaming movies and shows are hands down the popular choice – if you have access to devices for streaming. But if you find yourself trying to decide on which streaming device to buy while keeping most of your hard-earned money in your account, we’ve got you covered.
Here are three best streaming sticks in the market under $50 – plus one premium choice if you’re willing to spend more money for your entertainment.
Roku Streaming Stick+
The Roku streaming stick+ is the top choice of many users and reviewers because of the large content selection available and 4K HDR compatibility all in under $50. The stick is small and unobtrusive but is equipped with a strong signal amplifier that makes getting a signal from anywhere in your home an easy task. It also has a great customizable user interface similar to Roku Ultra that’s incredibly easy to use.
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
Amazon’s most powerful 4K streaming stick, the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K offers endless entertainment with access to over 500,000 movies and TV episodes – and that’s not even with Amazon Prime yet! Users can also watch videos in 4K Ultra HD and immersive Dolby Atmos audio for a truly authentic movie viewing experience. On top of that, it is fully compatible with and can be controlled by Alexa so you it’s easy to control content with the Alexa voice remote.
Roku Express (2019)
Roku Express is the less expensive kin of the Roku Streaming Stick+ but it doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the content offering. It also offers over 500,000 movie and tv episode content from thousands of channels. It’s best for people who just want to be entertained even without a fully immersive experience and features like 4K or Dolby Atmos, but a 1080p HD isn’t bad for just under $30.
NVIDIA Shield Android TV
If you want to go the extra mile for your entertainment and are willing to pay up to $150, consider the NVIDIA Shield Android TV streaming device. It takes media streaming to a whole new level, powered by the NVIDIA Tegra X1+ processor and with features such as 4K HDR and Dolby Atmos surround sound for a truly immersive entertainment experience. Plus, it’s easy to control with the built-in Google Assistant so you can control Shield with Google Home, Amazon Echo and Alexa.