Smart TV box
It’s increasingly hard to find any TV – even on the cheaper side of the spectrum – that doesn’t call itself a smart TV. So it’s particularly disappointing when they turn out to be, well, not so smart. Their purported smartness comes in the form of terrible proprietary operating systems, apps that nobody will ever think about using, and a myriad of poorly designed interfaces.
Thankfully, there are a variety of aftermarket products that bestow any TV with the gift of some actual brains. We think the refreshingly simple Google Chromecast is unbeatable, as it works near flawlessly with Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows devices, allowing users to stream content from most platforms – yes, even dodgy third-party streaming sites – to their TVs. To top it all off, it has a shockingly low price tag to boot ($349 for the HD version, $670 for the 4K version). Rumour has it that there are also smart TV boxes that unlock paid channels and content, although the quality and legality of these are dubious at best.