PlayStation 3 (120GB)

by Sony

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Fire Stick

by Amazon

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Price Best Price: $8.00
Pros
  • Smaller and lighter
  • Quieter and more energy-efficient
  • Huge selection of quality content front and center (for Amazon Prime subscribers, at least)
  • Chromecast-like beaming of Netflix and YouTube from phones and tablets works well
  • Very inexpensive
Cons
  • Only two USB ports instead of four
  • Backward compatibility is limited to PS1 games
  • Overlap in Amazon Prime video sections makes other content harder to find
  • An abundance of bugs indicates this device was rushed to market
  • Screen mirroring is clunky to set up and prone to failure
At A Glance

Slim-line game console system stands out for its value, versatility, and options, and rates 4.5 stars for its efforts. As a Blu-ray player, it rates 3.5 stars; the Blu-ray disc images it outputs are good, but not as pleasing as those on our top-performing stand-alone players, making it a good Blu-ray value only if you also want to play PlayStation 3 games.

Amazon's TV dongle suffers from a bloated interface and some version 1.0 bugs, but it delivers Prime Instant videos for an unbeatable $39.