Updated July 05, 2020 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best Cord Cutting Tools

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This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in June of 2016. Cutting the cord is easier and more satisfying than ever before, thanks to the wide range of devices now capable of bringing high-definition content from the web straight to your television. Including proprietary gear and services, flexible Android-based units, and even full-featured, low-profile Windows computers, one of these will keep you entertained while eliminating your cable bill. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best cord cutting tool on Amazon.

10. XBox One X

9. Roku Express

8. Xiaomi Mi Box S

7. Guzila Mini PC

5. Minix Neo N42C-4 Plus

4. Asus Chromebox 3

3. Amazon Fire TV Stick

2. Roku Ultra

1. Nvidia Shield

Special Honors

Apple TV 4K While it is a bit more expensive than most, the latest home entertainment release from this industry-leading manufacturer promises premium performance and a locked-down software ecosystem that offers a wide range of reliable, hi-fidelity content. apple.com

Editor's Notes

June 29, 2020:

Cord-cutting devices come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and software packages. One of the most important parts of a streaming box is the operating system, which defines how the device is used and either opens up or closes off support for a wide range of software suites. Of particular note in this area are the Nvidia Shield and Xiaomi Mi Box S, which both ship with the official Google-supported Android TV. This is different from the open-source Android offered in other, often more affordable options such as the Beelink GT King, which is still a worthwhile purchase in itself, although it doesn't support some specific functions such as Netflix in 4K. The Beelink is, however, one of the best choices if you plan on using the popular Kodi streaming suite.

Android TV is far from the only ecosystem on the market, though. The Roku Express and Roku Ultra are both widely hailed for having a comprehensive media selection and easy-to-use interface, as is the Amazon Fire TV Stick that also happens to be a considerable bargain.

If you're comfortable with setting up software on your own, a fully functional pre-built computer can be an especially powerful piece of equipment. The Asus Chromebox 3 runs on Google's popular and lightweight OS, while the Guzila Mini PC and Minix Neo N42C-4 Plus are both easily powerful enough to run nearly all Windows-based home entertainment software. Unlike a lot of mini PCs of similar sizes, they actually have plenty of storage space for a full Windows installation.

Christopher Thomas
Last updated on July 05, 2020 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.

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