set-top boxes

Amazon’s Tiny New 4K Fire TV (Almost) Does It All

Amazon’s Tiny New 4K Fire TV (Almost) Does It All

In recent years, set-top boxes have been shrinking down to tinier, cheaper packages with a growing list of fun new features. The new Fire TV dongle with 4K, HDR, and Dolby Atmos showcases some of the best aspects about this trend. It’s cute. It’s a thrill to use. It’s just…

Roku Streaming Stick+: The Gizmodo Review

Roku Streaming Stick+: The Gizmodo Review

It feels like we’re leaving the world of set-top boxes as we know them behind. For one, few people own a TV big enough that you could actually put a box on top of it — that’s been true for a long time. The box itself has also dwindled down…

Nvidia Shield (2017): The Gizmodo Review

Nvidia Shield (2017): The Gizmodo Review

The original Nvidia Shield looked cool and had some neat ideas behind it, but its cost and use of the neglected Android TV operating system left the set-top box/console fusion feeling more like Frankenstein than legitimate answer to either Roku, PS4 or Xbox One. A major software update and some…