Tuesday

Streaming Dongle Showdown

If that title sounds vaguely risque - then you have a filthy mind (not that there's anything wrong with that). In computer parlance, a dongle is some kind of (usually very small) device attached to a computer that adds or restricts functionality; in this case, they are USB devices that allow you to stream video and other content to your TV from a computer, mobile device, or other service. Gizmodo has a nice comparison between three inexpensive competing dongles available now; the Google Chromecast, the Amazon Fire TV Stick and the Roku Streaming Stick. While similar, there are enough differences that you should do a wee bit of homework before plunking down your $35-$50 on one or the other. As is often the case there is some good information in the comments after the article, too.


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