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5 Best Android media sticks in 2016 for less than $50

Android media sticks are a good alternative to Android media players if you want to take your HTPC around, or have a limited budget. Most of these devices offer a competitive level of performance and allow you to save space. They are convenient, lightweight and -more often than not- can be used with a wireless HTPC keyboard or a remote app on a smartphone or tablet, such as Kore or Yatse. However, there are tradeoffs such as limited storage space and others, that depend on the intended uses we have for the device. In this article we present to you some of the best Android media sticks in 2016, bearing in mind this is a hugely competitive market with lots of nice alternatives to choose from.

Best Android Media Sticks collage
There are many alternatives to choose from when it comes to the best Android media sticks, here we present some of the most popular and useful ones.

When looking for the best stick media players, and after making sure they stay within the limits of our budget, we might be interested in some key factors such as onboard storage, Wi-Fi strength, ease of configuration and others. These key factors may tip the scales when we are comparing two or more devices. Just remember: if you see these top media sticks 2016 brings do not meet your expectations, there is always the option of buying a fully featured Android box. The ease of installing Kodi for Android and amazing addons such as the Genesis Kodi Addon, and the fact you can use most Android media sticks as Plex or Emby clients make these Android TV sticks a decent choice as a travel or portable HTPC as well. [Read: 5 best Plex clients in 2015 for your HTPC]

Best Android TV Boxes

  1. NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro Home Media Server - $299.99 editors pick
  2. Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player - $89.99
  3. WeTek Play 2 Hybrid Media Center - $134.00
  4. Kukele Octacore Android TV Box - $179.99
  5. U2C Android TV Box - $95.99

What are the best Android media sticks in 2016?

Some of the top media sticks 2016 brings are from well-known manufacturers, and some are from brands with not as much public recognition; however, you should be aware that most of these are competitive enough to be labeled the best media player for Android, depending on what parameters you use for your analysis. If you are interested on finding the best media stick for TV then keep on reading about our picks for 2016. You will surely find something for your needs.

1. CX919 Android media stick

Top media sticks 2016 CX919
The CX919 includes an antenna that makes its Wi-Fi reception stronger than the average media stick.

The CX919 Android media stick was one of the devices we analyzed last year, and is still a pretty decent option. Lots of manufacturers offer their own version of this little device, and they all are similar, in price, and quality. Some of these versions are above the $100 price tag, but don’t be fooled, you can find this device easily for less than 40 bucks. The CX919 Android stick is one of the best Android media sticks you can buy if you want to set up a traveling or portable HTPC. The image quality won’t be 4k, but this device will still turn your HD TV into a decent Android computer, capable of streaming any movies or TV shows you want. [Read: 10 best Kodi Live TV addons in 2015 for your HTPC]

2. MK808B Android TV dongle

Best Stick Media Players Mk808b
The MK808b does not connect to your TV as a stick, but rather as a mini box, while still offering a solid performance.

We analyzed this one some time ago. The MK808B Android TV dongle is a small and inexpensive HTPC option for your living room, or anywhere you want to install it. Not a media stick in the strictest sense of the term, as it doesn’t connect directly to your TV, and does so through a HDMI cable instead; the MK808B Android dongle is one of the best Android media sticks  -or stick shaped devices- you can find, because of its connectivity. USB, MiniUSB with OTG (and cable included) and even Bluetooth are some of the things you can find if you decide to get the MK808B Android stick to bring your media to the living room.

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Alejandro is an electrical engineer, working as a software developer and part-time writer. He has a passion for technology, languages and games, and has been around the web since 2004.