Egreat makes a grab at the high-end of the media streamer market with the A11. It offers excellent video playback, object based audio passthrough, frame packed 3D and host of other features but is it really worth all that extra cash?
The Minix Neo N42C-4 is the first device from the manufacturer that allows for upgrades to RAM and internal storage. It features Triple Display 4K video output, there's a VESA mount and UHD HEVC 4K decoding, Netflix, YouTube and the rest to keep home entertainment fans happy. Is this the mini-beast you're looking for?
Billed as part NAS and part 'high-end' Android Media Player, the DVD Fab Movie Server is designed to simplify and enhance the process of watching your own disc rips but does it broach the inter-device duties successfully?
Do you want pretty much all the major UK streaming services, in up to 4K HDR, packed in to one, tiny and incredibly easy to use package? Look no further, the Roku Streaming Stick Plus is indisputably the best supported dedicated streamer available. Obviously, it's not without its niggles, though...
For less than £70 the new Fire TV offers up to 4K HDR streaming, an absolute wealth of apps and games and all the benefits of Alexa but is there a reason why it's £110 cheaper than the Apple TV 4K and NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV?
The biggest draw for the Minix NEO Z83-4 Pro Mini PC is a cut-price Windows 10 Pro licence but, as a KODI alternative, the new CPU has stifled matters, somewhat. Still there's lots to like with excellent networking and great build quality among them.
The OSMC Vero 4K benefits from tailor made software, superb manufacturer support and some excellent hardware on which to build. There are minor limitations but, chances are, they will be ironed out soon, making this one serious little contender.
Egreat makes a very credible assault on the upper end of the Android media streaming market with the A10. It lacks some of the features of the competition but, in pure playback terms, it is right up there with the best.
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Xmedex XTREME Plus (2nd Gen) Android Media Player Review
by Mark Hodgkinson
The Xmedex Xtreme Plus has some good features, a nice UI and promises playback of HD audio, frame-packed 3D and 10-bit HEVC but there are some shortcomings.
Zappiti Duo (2017) 4K HDR Media Streaming Player Review
by Mark Hodgkinson
The Zappiti 4K HDR family are a simple solution to replaying virtually any media format, you also get a well-rounded media centre ecosystem into the bargain but is it really worth paying the extra? Well, it depends...