Apple TV 4K Review

9.2
Expert Rating

There’s a reason that Apple is Apple, and the Apple TV 4K streaming device follows the legacy of the brand’s premium devices. It’s no surprise that it landed on our list of the best streaming device, noted for its performance and picture quality. Though the Amazon Fire TV Stick, Roku Streaming Stick, and Google Chromecast 3rd Gen may be less expensive options, Apple TV is the creme de la creme of streaming.

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Why We Like It – Apple TV 4K Review

Apple TV 4K is the streaming device that seemingly has it all. It’s fast, has premium picture and sound quality, and all the swagger of an Apple product. If you’re a fan of Apple devices, then this is what you should be streaming on.

Pros
  • Super fast processing speed
  • Thoughtful, user friendly Apple design and experience
  • Incredible picture quality
Cons
  • Pricey

Performance

Access all your favorite streaming services with all the speed of a super fast processor and strong Wi Fi connection. Even though it’s an Apple device, you have access to all the big streaming apps like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and more.

As such, Apple TVs turn any TV into a super smart TV. You can use the Apple TV app or the included Apple TV remote to control your streaming device. Both are easy to use with voice control. Apple TV also gives you easy access to the Apple app store, where you can download apps you want to use. Same goes for content, so you can rent and purchase your favorite movies and TV shows easily.

Visually, Apple TV supports 4H HDR picture and Dolby Vision so you can truly enjoy your HDR content with a high frame rate. HDR support is a must when it comes to picture quality.

If you’re an Apple Music user, you’ll be happy to know that you can access your music seamlessly through Apple TV. Not only that, but the device will do your sound justice with Dolby Atmos technology that really fills the room. It’s truly a streaming box that does it all.

Design

Anyone can see that Apple TV 4K has a sleek design. It fits seamlessly into any smart home setup with a very minimalist look. It hooks up via an HDMI cable so you can start video streaming quickly.

The remote is simple yet effective, relying on Siri voice control. It is also designed to work with the remote app, which is a smart alternative. It’s pretty easy to customize your Apple TV’s home screen with your preferred TV app and content. Apple knows its user experience.

Value

Apple TV 4K is a premium streaming device. If all you need is to access Amazon Video from Amazon Prime, for example, then this might be a bit more than you need. You can get a Roku Ultra for less money. If, however, you love Apple products and want to integrate your other Apple devices and services (photos, videos, music) to your TV experience, then this is the best option. It’s pricey, but you won’t be disappointed.

Apple TV 4K Review Wrap Up

This new Apple TV is like most new Apple products in that it doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it’s still the best premium option out there. If you have a foot into the Apple universe of devices and services, you’ll feel at home using this streaming device. It will especially make the most out of your 4K Ultra HD TV, if you have one.

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Reader Rating4 Votes1.9
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