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89
Engadget
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
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

The Apple TV 4K packs in almost everything the last model was missing, and its push towards making 4K releases cheaper is noble. But there aren’t many third-party apps supporting the new format at launch, and Apple also made some curious decisions that might make some serious home theater enthusiasts hold off.

Pros
  • 4K/HDR content looks great
  • Aggressive pricing for 4K/HDR films
  • Wide variety of apps
Cons
  • Needs more third-party 4K/HDR support
  • Video processing goes overboard
  • No Dolby Atmos
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Score Breakdown

 
80
Average Critic Score

Ease of use

89
 

Media support

78
 

Audio quality

60
 

Design and form factor

86
 

Video quality

89
 
 
90
CNET
Apple's 4K HDR streamer combines peak picture with a high-end feel nothing else can match, but it costs too much for most people.
 
80
The Verge
The Apple TV 4K’s unrealized potential just makes it obvious that the future of TV is still pretty far away, and it’s simply too expensive to gamble on in the meantime.
 
80
Macworld
Is it worth paying out the extra for the Apple TV 4K over the fourth-gen device? Essentially, yes, as long as you have/are planning to buy a 4K HDR TV and can benefit from the free upgrade of your iTunes movie collection.
 
80
PC Mag
It's been a long time coming, but Apple has finally made the move to 4K HDR video streaming. The wait for Apple TV 4K was worth it, especially for those living exclusively in the iOS ecosystem.
 
60
Digital Trends
The Apple TV 4K will be a boon to Apple power users, but pretty much anyone else will be better off with a Roku Ultra instead.
 
80
TechRadar
It's got a nice clean interface, and the inclusion of support for Dolby Vision sets it apart from much of the competition. Ultimately the box will be most helpful to people already invested in Apple's ecosystem, who will benefit most from its Apple-specific features like HomeKit and AirPlay.
 
80
Stuff
Spend the best part of £200 on a new 4K box, no-one will laugh at you, especially if much of your media comes courtesy of Apple Inc. But with a world of credible ... rivals, it’s beginning to feel like Apple needs to take longer strides in the TV world than those made by the new 4K.
 
80
Time
The way the Apple TV 4K integrates with the other Apple-powered devices in your home is its most distinctive argument, but one that depends increasingly on a fanbase with deep pockets.
 
90
Gizmodo
If you’re already invested in the iTunes store, don’t want to mess with the potential fussiness of Android on the Nvidia Shield, or you’re desperate to have very nice looking first run movies without dropping cash on a Blu-ray player, then the Apple TV 4K should be at the top of your list.
 
80
Mashable
The Apple TV 4K is the best Apple TV yet, but it's too expensive.