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Holiday Tech Gift Ideas 2015-2016: Android TV

December 16, 2015 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Android TV has been around for over a year now and has steadily been evolving. Picking up a new TV or set top box that supports Android TV would make for a great gift this holiday season. And there are some pretty spectacular ones that are available, from NVIDIA, to Sony to Google and a few others.

NVIDIA SHIELD TV

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Perhaps the best Android TV set top box here in the NVIDIA SHIELD TV. It’s running on the Tegra K1 processor, so it’s great for gaming – which Android TV has been adding more and more games. Additionally, it comes with a remote and a game controller so you can take full advantage of the system. It has 16GB of internal storage, but there is a microSD card slot for expansion which can net you an additional 128GB of storage. NVIDIA also offers a 500GB version of the SHIELD TV, for those that want more space for games and such.

NVIDIA SHIELD TV NVIDIA SHIELD TV PRO (500GB)

Razer Forge TV

Razer Forge TV

Razer also has an Android TV set-top box here, which comes in a bit cheaper than the NVIDIA SHIELD TV. Razer’s set-top box here does do gaming and does it quite well. The Forge TV can support up to 4 controllers, so if you want to play some games with your family this holiday season, this is the set-top box to pick up. It also supports Google Cast, so you can cast media from your smartphone to the TV, just like you can with Chromecast.

Razer Forge TV

Sony XBR43X830C 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

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How about a new TV with Android TV built in? Sony has a whole range of TV’s with Android TV built in now, including one that is a 1080p TV. However this is a 4K TV and is the smallest of the lot. It has Android TV built in which means that you are saving an HDMI port for something else like a Roku, PlayStation 4 or even a Xbox One. It has an amazing picture, and the TV itself has some amazingly thin bezels. We’re looking at 4 HDMI ports and 3 USB ports as well, here.

Sony 43-inch 4K Ultra HD TV