We spent 20 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Originally part of the Xbox Media Center, Kodi is an open source streaming application with an incredible entertainment selection. All the devices on our list will do a fine job of running this versatile program, though due to its ever-evolving nature, users may have to install or update the software themselves, while also taking care to only use it in accordance with applicable copyright laws. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work.

10. Raspberry Pi 3

Designed for highly specialized applications, the Raspberry Pi 3 is a DIY microcomputer that can educate budding engineers, satisfy a tech-savvy hobbyist, and entertain the whole family — though you’ll have to assemble it and load software entirely from the ground up.


  • Includes all necessary components
  • Built-in bluetooth and wi-fi
  • Requires some linux proficiency















Brand CanaKit
Model pending
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

9. GooBang Doo ABox

At well under $100, the GooBang Doo ABox effectively streamlines media viewing, even on a modest budget. In addition, the unit is slimmer, less obtrusive, easier to use, and more aesthetically pleasing than much of the competition.


  • Uses the android nougat os
  • Accepts sd cards and external drives
  • Mediocre long-term reliability















Brand GooBang Doo
Model pending
Weight 13.6 ounces
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

8. Apple TV

Though it requires a rather complex setup process, the Apple TV can play nicely with Kodi, satisfying die-hard fans and those fully committed to Apple’s HomeKit. It supports 4K playback and comes with either 32 or 64 gigabytes of flash memory.


  • Dolby vision- and hdr10-capable
  • Driven by the powerful a10x chipset
  • Installing kodi can be a hassle















Brand Apple TV
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

7. Amgur X96

One of the most affordable choices, the Amgur X96 is extremely compact, with a mounting bracket that sticks directly to the wall using an included adhesive pad. It’s a reasonable replacement for a cable box, though its 4K frame rates tend to be subpar.


  • 5-core 750-megahertz graphics chip
  • Works with most audio-video codecs
  • Single-band wireless only















Brand X96W mini
Model pending
Weight 3.8 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

6. Minix Neo N42C-4

A fully functioning PC in a tiny box, the Minix Neo N42C-4 accommodates up to 3 displays at once using HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, and USB-C outputs. While it is respectably fast, you’ll need to upgrade to a 64GB M.2 SSD or larger in order to properly install Windows 10.


  • Optical spdif-out port
  • Powered via dc adapter or usb type c
  • Comes with only 4 gigabytes of ram















Brand MINIX
Model NEO N42C-4
Weight 2.5 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

5. Xbox One X

The latest evolution of Kodi’s original platform, the Xbox One X can help scratch your gaming itch in addition to streaming video from various sources. An all-in-one media hub, it supports Dolby Vision as well as HDR10 content.


  • The most powerful console available
  • Recently added kodi compatibility
  • Far more costly than most options















Brand Microsoft
Model CYV-00001
Weight 10.6 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

4. T95Z Plus

There are few better ways than the T95Z Plus to entertain a household without breaking the bank. Its RAM and storage are above average, at 3 and 32 gigabytes respectively, and it uses the latest H.265 codec to produce stutter-free, 4K video.


  • Dual-band wireless support
  • Includes a remote and mini keyboard
  • Among the more affordable choices















Brand EASYTONE
Model pending
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

3. Asus Chromebox 3

More powerful than a standard TV box, the Asus Chromebox 3 runs Google’s fully-fledged Chrome operating system, rather than the common, retooled smartphone interface. It offers versatile connectivity options, such as Bluetooth 4.2, HDMI, USB-C, and more.


  • Supports usb type c power delivery
  • High-speed ac wireless
  • 4 gigabytes of ddr4 ram















Brand Asus
Model CHROMEBOX 3-N017U
Weight 3 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. SCS ETC R10

With 4 gigabytes of DDR RAM and 32 gigabytes of onboard flash storage, the SCS ETC R10 is powerful enough to produce seamless 4K video without any stuttering or distortion. It can reliably decode a huge variety of music, photos, and other media in addition to streaming.


  • Dual band ac wireless connectivity
  • Supports rf wireless controllers
  • 3 usb ports and a micro sd card slot















Brand SCS ETC
Model pending
Weight 16 ounces
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

1. Nvidia Shield

Among the most popular cord-cutting devices currently available, the Nvidia Shield enables access to a large variety of preinstalled media services. Efficient hardware makes it quick and painless to operate, and allows some pretty intense gaming sessions, too.


  • Dolby atmos and dts-x passthrough
  • Streams games from the web or a pc
  • Doubles as a zigbee and z-wave hub















Brand NVIDIA
Model 945128972500002
Weight 2.5 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0
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