These days it’s hard to get hold of a new TV that doesn’t have an Internet connection. Smart TVs abound in such a wide range of prices and brands available, that it is almost impossible not to find a single reference that does not fit the needs and pocket of any person. Come on, it’s really hard to avoid the temptation of getting one.
However, there are still users who do not have one at home. For them, Google developed Chromecast, a device that allows us to enjoy the applications and screen mirroring of our mobile or PC on our television as usual through the HDMI connection.
At the time it was a revolutionary idea that even today continues to surprise by the number of options that treasures beyond watching Netflix or Youtube. However, as always happens with great ideas, new competitors emerge that can match or even surpass in some aspects of the original design.
Therefore, in these listings, we want to put on the table all the information about the best alternatives to Google’s Chromecast in 2021, so take good note.
Amazon Fire Stick TV
We started with a whole heavyweight within this list. The Amazon Fire Stick TV works with any HD TV and offers easy and convenient access to content from thousands of applications and games.
This tiny HDMI stick has its operating system, dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of storage. The closest thing to turning your TV into a computer.
In addition to having the full range of Amazon native applications, such as Prime Video, it also has its app store so users can enjoy Netflix or HBO without any problems.
Finally, it includes a remote control with a button to send voice commands to Alexa, which is always appreciated. And if that’s not enough, Amazon Prime subscribers have unlimited access to an extensive catalog of movies and series, plus a host of commercial-free songs with the Prime Music platform. Anyone else?
All this can be yours for only $49.99.
Roku Streaming Stick
Another great alternative to Chromecast is Roku’s stick, a rather small dongle that includes a remote control. Its performance is quite fluid thanks to the four-core processor it includes and its wireless function.
Moreover, just like the Amazon Fire TV Stick, it also has its Android app store. Roku’s approach is to turn our conventional TV into a Smart TV thanks to its huge ecosystem with thousands of apps and more customization features than any other alternative in this list. Although we can always duplicate our mobile screen on the TV if you do not want to complicate your life.
Roku Streaming Stick is available for about $55.
Xiaomi Mi Box S
We continue with the Xiaomi model, a TV Box with Android TV operating system, 4K, and HDR resolution, and Dolby and DTS audio system. It incorporates a remote control with Google voice assistant to control all the contents to which the user will have access in a much easier and direct way.
You can install all kinds of applications thanks to its internal storage of up to 8GB. It also has a dual-band WiFi AC module to connect the TV Box to the Internet, and if you want to use your remote control also offers Bluetooth 4.2 connection. As for the rest of the connectivity, there is an HDMI 2.0A port, a 3.5 mm audio output, and a USB 2.0 port.
As for its price, you can find it for $54.99.
Apple TV 4K
Apple’s approach is more focused on becoming a media center with support for 4K HDR video and Dolby Atmos sound.
Apple TV 4K allows access to a multitude of applications of all kinds from the comfort of our TV. Many of these applications are native, although of course, it also has access to third-party applications.
As many of you may have already guessed, we’ll have full support for the App Store, as well as the voice-command features of the Siri Smart Assistant. Not only that, but thanks to the AirPlay protocol, you can exchange content on your iPhone, iPod, or iPad with a TV or stereo. It also serves as an entertainment center, with access to the entire iOS game catalog.
How much does it cost? It’s not exactly cheap. It is available in two versions, depending on the storage capacity we choose: $199 for the reference with 64GB, the highest price on the list; and the 32GB version for $179.
Nvidia Shield TV Pro
Nvidia Shield TV Pro stands out for incorporating support for 4K HDR content in a fast and fluid way, whether it is movies or next-generation video games. Although this is not the only interesting feature, it’s not the only one.
This streaming monster comes with a GeForce GTX graphics card and the ability to broadcast with GeForce Now, as well as access to an extensive catalog of over 200 different game titles.
It also includes a microphone remote for voice control with Google Assistant, motion-activated backlit buttons, an IR for controlling TVs and other devices, and a Bluetooth connection.
Other important specifications include 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and dual-band Wi-Fi AC. The device also incorporates SmartThings Hub support to monitor and control our smart home settings.
It’s certainly the perfect choice for gamers, but it’s also one of the most expensive ones on the current list along with Apple TV. We will find it available for $369.
These are the main references in this 2021 that can get the colors out of the Google dongle. And what do you think? Do you think there are any missing? Share your recommendations below in the comments.
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