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Apple TV 4K (2021) Review Rundown

Apple | Published on 28 May 2021 | Last Edited on 04 Jun 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of Apple TV 4K
  • Dolby Vision, Atmos, and Dolby Atmos support
  • Siri remote now works with Apple HomeKit, AirPlay, and AirPlay
  • Not everyone needs Apple TV 4K

Summary

The Apple TV 4K (2021) is Apple's sixth-generation 4K media streamer. Powered by the same speedy A12 Bionic chip found in Apple's 2020 iPads, it now offers high frame rate HDR video playback at up to 60fps. Apple has also introduced an ‘innovative colour balance process’ that lets it work in unison with iPhone sensors to fine-tune TV picture quality. The new-look Siri remote ditches the touch-sensitive trackpad in favor of a circular clickpad.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
Apple did what it does best: It took an already good product and found a few ways to make it better. The Apple TV 4K Gen 2 is simply a faster, more powerful version of the original 2017 device, largely thanks to its newer A12 Bionic CPU. Apple Music is about to get thousands of songs in Dolby Atmos (and millions in lossless audio quality)
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Dolby Atmos now supports 60 frames per second (fps)
  • More powerful than the original 2017 device
  • Improved Siri remote
Cons[**]
  • Lacks HomeKit support

expertreviews[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
The Apple TV 4K (2021) is the company's sixth-generation 4K media streamer. Powered by the same speedy A12 Bionic chip found in Apple's 2020 iPads, it now offers high frame rate HDR video playback at up to 60fps. Apple has also introduced an ‘innovative colour balance process’ that lets it work in unison with iPhone sensors to fine-tune TV picture quality. If you're in the UK, you'll be able to order the device from Friday, 30 April at a cost of £169.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Improved Siri Remote
  • Improved colour balance
  • Improved Apple TV 4K (2021)
Cons[**]
  • Doesn't support Dolby Vision and HDR10

techhive[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from Techhive have found the following[***]:
The new Apple TV 4K is a cut above other streaming players in speed, polish, app support and privacy. The 2021 Siri remote addresses the biggest complaints about the previous version. The box is worth the money if you're willing to spend it, but it's not essential if you aren't.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • High-quality 4K HDR video
  • Siri remote is easy to use
  • Supports AirPlay 2 and Bluetooth
Cons[**]
  • Lack of Netflix integration

techradar[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Apple TV 4K (2021) is powered by the A12 Bionic processor, which is also found in the iPad (2020) and iPhone XS. Apple's voice-assistant, Siri, also comes built-in, and it's an effective way to search for movies, TV shows and music. It can double as a HomeKit Hub, so you can control your smart home devices, even when you're not at home. It's available to pre-order now, and should start shipping by the end of May.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek new Siri remote
  • Easy to use
  • Supports AirPlay and HomeKit
Cons[**]
  • Lacks the touch-sensitive trackpad

tomsguide[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Apple TV 4K (2021) costs $179 for the 32GB model and $199 for the 64GB. Unlike a dongle such as the Roku Streaming Stick Plus, it doesn't come with an HDMI cable. It's certainly too heavy to hang off the back of your TV, which something lighter like the Fire TV Stick 4K could do. The new Siri remote sells separately for $59.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Great 4K performance
  • Siri Remote is a great addition to the Apple ecosystem
  • Dolby Vision 4K and Dolby Atmos support
Cons[**]
  • Lacks eARC support

references

  1. 1. ^ Apple TV 4K (2021) review: It’s all about that new Siri remote. Digitaltrends. 2021-06-03. Retrieved 2021-06-03.
  2. 2. ^ Apple TV 4K (2021) announced: Now with high frame rate HDR playback and a touch-dial Siri Remote. Expertreviews. 2021-04-21. Retrieved 2021-04-21.
  3. 3. ^ Apple TV 4K (2021) review: This is an uncompromising streaming box. Techhive. 2021-06-04. Retrieved 2021-06-04.
  4. 4. ^ Apple TV 4K (2021) review. Techradar. 2021-05-20. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  5. 5. ^ Apple TV 4K (2021) review: Come for the power, stay for the remote. Tomsguide. 2021-05-26. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  6. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  7. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  8. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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