Apple Apple TV

89
Engadget
Score
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Review

Apple TV review (2015): A huge leap forward, unless you want 4K

Summary

The new Apple TV offers the most refined streaming interface yet, with a remote that's a step ahead of the competition. Its voice search actually works well, and even at this early stage, there are plenty of worthwhile apps and games. If you need 4K though, look elsewhere.

Pros
  • New interface is refined and attractive
  • Siri remote is a much-needed upgrade
  • Voice search works well
  • Solid app and gaming support
Cons
  • No 4K support
  • On-screen keyboard is still clumsy
Apple TV review (2015): A huge leap forward, unless you want 4K

For years, Apple TV has been like a perpetually ignored child, eclipsed by its overachieving siblings, the iPhone and iPad. Design-wise, it hasn't changed at all since 2010, and it's been shackled with one of the most archaic Apple interfaces around, which harkens back to the iPod days. All the while Roku and even Amazon have stepped up their game considerably. Now, with the fourth-generation Apple TV, the set-top box that's been deemed merely as a "hobby" by its parent has finally come into its own. It has more powerful hardware, a significantly redesigned remote and an operating system that's worthy of an Apple product in 2015. And finally, there's a genuine app store, which turns Apple TV into a legitimate platform for entertainment and gaming in your living room. It isn't quite the "future of television" that Apple is promising, but it's getting there.

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Scores

Engadget

89
 

Breakdown

Media support
7.6
Video quality
8.8
Design and form factor
8.6
Ease of use
7.8
Audio quality
8.0
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Specs

Apple

Type
Audio / video player
Audio codec support
AAC, MP3, WAV
Video services
iTunes, Netflix, Other
Audio services
iTunes, Other
Video outputs
HDMI
WiFi
yes
Ethernet
10/100 [Fast Ethernet]
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Specs

Apple

Type
Audio / video player
Audio codec support
AAC, MP3, WAV
Video services
iTunes, Netflix, Other
Audio services
iTunes, Other
Video outputs
HDMI
WiFi
yes
Ethernet
10/100 [Fast Ethernet]
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