Look, being stuck at home sucks. But take a break from working at home, and watch some Netflix or Disney+. Better yet, do that with our picks of the five great buys for home entertainment, including a TV, smart TV boxes, and of course, a router to make sure your Wi-Fi speeds stay consistent so you can get 4K image quality with no interruption.
LG C1 OLED 4K TV
The LG C1 OLED 4K TV is one of the best TVs you can buy now. As an OLED, the C1 offers lush vibrant visuals with true blacks while its support for gamer-centric features like variable refresh rate makes it arguably the best pick for gamers. Pick either the 55-inch for your living room, or the 48-inch version, which is perfect for gaming dens — especially when paired with the latest consoles (PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X) or a high-end PC.
Mini i8 Wireless Keyboard
Entering text using a remote control on a smart TV can sometimes be frustrating. However, most people don’t do it enough to justify spending too much on a wireless keyboard. The Mini i8 Wireless Keyboard (also known as Rii Mini i8) will solve your TV typing woes, and only costs as much as a morning latte.
Apple TV 4K
Packed with hardware improvements for a speedier experience and a better Siri Remote, the new Apple TV 4K is a worthy buy. You’ll like how it improves your home streaming experience, especially if you use mostly iOS devices at home. You can play games, view your photos, and watch Apple TV content, of course
Chromecast with Google TV
Google’s latest media streamer — the Chromecast with Google TV — is quite the departure from previous iterations. In a good way. For starters, Google has finally included a remote control, a handy one with useful shortcut buttons for Netflix and YouTube. But more importantly, the latest Chromecast comes with its own user interface, dubbed Google TV. This means the Chromecast is now a standalone media streamer that does not need a separate device (smartphone, tablet or PC) to control it.
Asus ZenWiFi XD6
The Asus ZenWiFi XD6 is one of the best mid-range Wi-Fi 6 mesh routers we have tried so far. Particularly impressive were the speeds at the furthest ends of the home. Setting up the mesh routers is also extremely simple with the Asus Router app (for iOS and Android). We tested a 2-pack version that consists of two routers pre-paired at the factory. Set up the first one, and the second router will automatically be part of the mesh network when you turn it on.