Sony NSZ-GS7 comparison

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Roku 3

Roku 3
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WD TV Live (2011)

WD TV Live (2011)
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Google Chromecast

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Apple TV (2012)

Apple TV (2012)
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Price $145 at 1 store $94 to $149 at 5 stores $74 to $158 at 8 stores $29 to $48 at 5 stores $89 to $119 at 3 stores
CNET editors' rating
2.5 stars Average
    Overall score: 5.3 (2.5 stars)
Editors' choice 4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.3 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.2 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.0 stars out of 3 reviews 3.0 stars out of 27 reviews 3.0 stars out of 34 reviews 3.0 stars out of 36 reviews 3.5 stars out of 29 reviews
Release date January 11, 2012 March 06, 2013 October 03, 2011 July 24, 2013 March 16, 2012
The Bottom Line The Sony NSZ-GS7 has sleek hardware and an innovative remote, but it's hampered by the still too-limited and frustrating Google TV software. The Roku 3 is the best streaming-video box yet, with tons of content sources, lightning-fast performance, and an innovative remote with built-in headphone jack. The WD TV Live (2011) offers a solid combination of must-have streaming services and excellent USB and network file support, making it one of the best devices of its kind available for under $100. Google's $35 Chromecast stick is a cheap and easy way to add streaming video and music to your TV, but it still isn't as fully featured as similarly priced Roku boxes. While it's still a step behind the Roku 3, the Apple TV is an excellent streaming box, especially for those invested in the Apple ecosystem.

Basic specs

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Image standards PNG
JPG
BMP
GIF
MPO
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TIFF
JPG
BMP
GIF
Info unavailable JPG
GIF
TIFF
Video standards WMV
3GPP
MPEG-4
H.263
Xvid
H.264
MKV
FLV
MPEG-1
MOV
MPEG-2
AVI
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VOB
MKV
MPEG-1
TS
TP
M2TS
FLV
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Protected H.264
MPEG-4
H.264
MOV
Audio standards WMA
LPCM
WAV
AAC
MP3
Info unavailable MP3
WAV
PCM
WMA
AAC
FLAC
OGG
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AIFF
WAV
AAC
MP3
Apple Lossless
HE-AAC
Product type Media player
Streaming player
Digital multimedia receiver
TV streaming adapter
Digital multimedia receiver
Playback capabilities Content streaming
Web browsing
Internet video playback
Internet radio playback
Internet gaming
Internet video playback
Digital video playback
Internet radio playback
Digital audio playback
Digital photo playback
Content streaming
Web browsing
Content streaming
Internet video playback
Digital video playback
Digital audio playback
Digital photo playback
Connector type 1 RJ-45 Installed Rear
1 Rear
1 SPDIF output Rear
2 USB 4 pin USB Type A Installed Rear
1 Rear
Info unavailable 1 4 pin USB Type A Installed Front
1 4 pin USB Type A Installed Rear
1 Rear
1 SPDIF output Rear
1 RJ-45 Installed Rear
1 Composite video/audio output Mini-phone 3.5 mm Installed Rear
Info unavailable 1 Rear
1 RJ-45 Installed Rear
1 SPDIF output Rear
Audio output mode Stereo
Info unavailable Stereo
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Remote control type Touch-pad / QWERTY keyboard remote
Enhanced remote control
Remote control
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