Apple TV 4K (32GB)

Apple TV 4K (32GB)

Quick Description

The Apple TV, as a Console, is a solid choice for media streaming and is powerful enough to deliver rich experiences on the gaming front as well. The gaming potential of the console is highly dependent on the Apple Arcade program bringing developers back to the platform, however.

So, if you're planning to play on this console, expect to spend a bit more money to get a gamepad (approx. C$60, if you don't currently have one) and an Apple Arcade Subscription (C$5.99/month), required to access to most new games on the platform.

Alternatively, tanks to the Steam Link app, you could also play your Gaming PC's Steam Library on your Apple TV without paying a monthly fee.

This is a good console for...

... actually, it's a little harder to recommend.

It doesn't quite match any archetype, but that doesn't mean it's a worthless console. This would make a great companion device to a stronger computer. So, if you just need to smarten a TV for streaming videos or games, this could be the perfect solution for you.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this console which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

No Headphone Jack. Without a headphone jack, you will need a (more expensive) bluetooth headset to listen music privately. It also won't be possible to connect to traditional speakers or sound systems without a bluetooth feature.$50+

Screenless. If you don't already have a monitor from your last computer, you could connect this console to a TV or get a new monitor.$120+

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $200 on accessories, for a total cost of $420.

Available at 6 locations, from $220

Based on 24 days of observation, the Apple TV 4K (32GB) usually costs ~$220 in Canada. I would say that waiting for a rebate is unlikely to make much of a difference for this product.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the Apple TV 4K (32GB) to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on The Source, Apple, Best Buy, Staples, London Drugs, Newegg or Walmart at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

Here's how the Apple TV 4K (32GB) ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

Consoles

Bang for the Buck5/5
Versatility for the Price2/5
Price2/5
Durability4.5/5
Power4/5
General-purpose power5/5
Graphical power3/5
Memory1.5/5
Storage2/5
Portability4/5
AutonomyN/A
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck4/5
Versatility for the Price0/5
Price0.5/5
Durability3/5
Power2/5
General-purpose power3/5
Graphical power3/5
Memory0.5/5
Storage0.5/5
Portability4.5/5
AutonomyN/A
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Apple TV
Processor: Apple A10X
Graphics: Apple A10X Graphics
Memory: 3.00 GB
Storage: 32.00 GB
Screen Size: No built-in screen.
Dimensions: 9.80 × 9.80 × 3.50 cm
Weight: 0.425 kg

The features

  • HDMI
  • Ethernet 10
  • Ethernet 100
  • Ethernet 1000 (Gigabit)
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 0/5
    Design Websites 2/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 0/5
    Music Production 0/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 0/5
    Photo Editing 0/5
    Video Editing 0/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 0/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 0/5
    Enthusiast Games 0/5
    Triple-A Video Games 0/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 0/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (1 / 3)

Texts & Numbers (0 / 9)

Drawing and Illustrations (0 / 12)

Audio & Visual medias (0 / 4)

3D and CAD (0 / 9)

Music Production (0 / 11)

Photo Editing (0 / 5)

Video Editing (0 / 11)

Enthusiast Games (0 / 71)

Video Games (0 / 13)

Triple-A Video Games (0 / 74)

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