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Best accessory to connect your TV (Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick, Xiaomi Mi TV Stick)

Chromecast from Google, Fire TV Stick from Amazon, Xiaomi Mi Stick TV … here is our buying guide for the best TV dongles of 2022. With these few proposals, you will be able to easily stream content to any TV that is equipped with an HDMI port. Follow the leader.

Our selection of the best accessories to connect your TV

best accessories to connect tv

Xiaomi Mi TV Stick 4K

Xiaomi Mi TV Stick 4K

This is a new version of Xiaomi’s Mi TV Stick. It was launched in March 2022 in France with the main novelty the rise of its definition. While the previous key barely exceeded 2K, the new model is 4K compatible. With the bonus of HDR Dolby Vision compatibility which was lacking in the previous generation dongle.

For the rest, the Xiaomi Mi TV 4K remains compatible with Dolby Atomos and DTS HD. It incorporates a processor Quad core CotexA35+ supported by 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage. Xiaomi has thus doubled the amount of RAM on the new new model. The integrated operating system remains Android TV, but we go up to the Android 11 version against Android 9 for the standard Mi TV Stick.

Finally, the TV dongle comes with a remote control that allows you to control the interface and directly access certain features or applications. This is the case of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or even Google Assistant. The Xiaomi Mi TV Stick 4K will cost €69.99, but for launch it’s €59.99 until March 9, 2022.

Xiaomi Mi TV Stick

Xiaomi Mi TV Stick

If you want to enjoy the benefits of Android TV without going through a TV box, acquiring the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick may be a solution. Offering the same features found on the Mi Box for a much more compact size this little connected dongle goes much further than what a traditional Chromecast can do.

Rather than broadcasting the content of a smartphone on your TV screen, it’s all Android TV that invites itself to it thanks to the HDMI key, the format of which is similar to that of Amazon’s Fire TV Stick. The Xiaomi Mi TV Stick is for you if:

  • You want to enjoy the benefits of Android TV without going through a Box
  • You have a small budget

Chromecast with Google TV: the all-terrain connected dongle

Chromecast on Google TV

The Chromecast with Google TV is the latest generation in Google’s line of HDMI dongles. This new generation is more of an Android TV box than a dongle per se. This is also the major change to note since it directly integrates the Google TV interface based on Android TV. Previous generation Chromecasts did not have their own interface and just served as a dongle to cast the screen of other devices such as your smartphone, tablet or computer.

The Chromecast with Google TV is therefore an accessory playing the same role as a TV box capable of making any TV connected, as long as it has an HDMI port. It’s also a great way to enjoy Google TV (Android TV) if you have an LG or Samsung Smart TV that uses proprietary OS. This will allow you to access all the apps in the Google Play Store designed for TVs.

For the technical part, the Chromecast with Google TV allows you to enjoy content in 4k HDR at 60fps. It is Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos compatible. The HDMI box embeds an Amlogic S905 SoC composed of 4 Cortex-A55 cores at 1.9 GHz as well as 2 GB of RAM. This accessory is for you if:

  • You want to transform your (non-smart) TV into a connected TV under Google TV (Android)
  • Take advantage of the Google TV interface and applications if you have an LG, Samsung or any other brand with a proprietary OS Smart TV.

Amazon Fire TV Stick: the alternative between the Lite variant and 4K

Fire TV Stick 2020

The Fire TV Stick (2020), ideal for streaming and controlling TV, comes with the Alexa voice remote with TV control buttons and also allows you to ask Alexa to find and play content but is also equipped On/Off, Volume and Mute buttons to control your viewing experience with a single remote. It therefore allows control of your TV and supports Dolby Atmos, HDR, HDR10+ and HLG technologies in Full HD resolution up to 1080p. The Fire TV Stick is more for you if

  • You want to enjoy streaming
  • Want to control your TV with just one remote

Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite: ideal for streaming

Discounted Fire TV Stick Lite

The Fire TV Stick Lite lets you enjoy your favorite content to the fullest and features built-in Amazon Alexa voice assistant as well as 8GB of internal storage. You thus have the possibility of turning on your TV and choosing your content with ease using the voice command.

Very easy to set up, just plug it in behind your TV, turn it on and connect to the internet to start using it. It has a quad-core chipset, 8 GB of storage space, a dual band WiFi ac modem and a Bluetooth 5.0 connection. It is Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital compatible. Like the Fire TV Cube, the system is compatible with many TV and VOD services. The Fire TV Stick Lite is more for you if

  • You are looking for simplicity
  • You “consume” a lot of streaming content
  • You have a small budget

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K: Alexa’s Chromecast

amazon fire tv stick 4k

If you want to buy a media dongle that supports 4K, the Amazon Fire Stick TV is an excellent choice. The latter allows you to watch multimedia content directly on your TV. The Amazon Fire Stick TV is simply the most powerful streaming media stick, with a new Wi-Fi antenna design, optimized for 4K Ultra HD streaming.

Thanks to the latter, you can easily launch and control your favorite movies and series with the new generation Alexa voice remote control. The latter is equipped with buttons that allow you to start, turn off, increase or decrease the volume of your TV. It is also compatible with devices such as compatible soundbars and receivers.

Compatible with 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR and HDR10+ formats, the Amazon Fire 4K Fire Stick also supports the Dolby Atmos audio format on certain Prime Video titles. Plus, you can watch your favorite shows on Prime Video, Netflix, YouTube, Molotov, ARTE, France 24 and more (separate subscriptions may be required).

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV shows on Prime Video, plus over two million ad-free titles through Prime Music. For less than 50 euros, you benefit from the best of Amazon services. A limited time offer not to be missed! The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is more for you if

  • You already have an Amazon Echo or Alexa-compatible speaker at home
  • Looking for 4K compatibility
  • You have a small budget

🤔What is a TV dongle?

To broadcast content on a television (which is not a smart TV), we strongly advise you to equip yourself with a TV dongle. Thanks to a small device that looks like a USB key, you will be able to enjoy your Netflix series, applications, or stream content directly from your smartphone to your TV. The possibilities are numerous!

🙄 What can you do with a TV dongle?

As we said above, the possibilities are many. Via a TV dongle, you can access multimedia content connected via popular streaming applications such as Ntflix, HBO, Prime Video… You also have the possibility of using Android and iOS applications if these ensure compatibility with your dongle TV.

💰What budget for a TV dongle?

Between 40 and 150 euros is the average price to acquire a TV dongle. Of course, if you choose the more expensive variant, your dongle will offer more features and will also be compatible with the latest TV broadcasting standards (4K, HD, Dolby Vision, HDR and HDR10+…). The Amazon Fire Stick TV 4K is in our opinion one of the best TV dongles on the market and its price falls between the price range given above.

🤔What are the differences between the 3 Amazon Fire TV models?

If you don’t know which one to choose and what the differences between them are, we explain them below to help you make your choice.

The Fire TV Stick Lite (2020), ideal for streaming, comes with Alexa Lite voice remote control, no TV control buttons. It allows you to ask Alexa to find and play content. Its remote does not have TV control buttons. It therefore does not allow you to control the on/off or the volume of your TV, sound bar or receiver. It supports Dolby Atmos (HDMI pass-through only), HDR, HDR10+ and HLG in Full HD resolution up to 1080p.

The Fire TV Stick (2020), ideal for streaming and controlling TV, comes with the Alexa voice remote with TV control buttons and also allows you to ask Alexa to find and play content but is also equipped with On/Off, Volume and Mute buttons to control your viewing experience with just one and even remote control. It therefore allows control of your TV and supports Dolby Atmos, HDR, HDR10+ and HLG technologies in Full HD resolution up to 1080p.

The Fire TV Stick 4K Ultra HD (2018), ideal for stunning streaming in 4K Ultra HD formatcomes with the Alexa voice remote has the same functionality as the Fire TV Stick and also supports Dolby Vision, HDR and HDR10+ technologies in resolution up to 4K Ultra HD.

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