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Device to plug into my HDMI tv and use devices internet browser

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Device to plug into my HDMI tv and use devices internet browser

All I need is a decent internet browser I can use on TV to play videos from different websites. So whats a cheap device that has a good built in browser that i can surf and play videos that I can plug into my TV's HDMI PORT? I dont need features like netflix, apps, etc, already have that on my ps3 (and it's internet browser sucks-cant watch any videos), but I'm guessing there are only devices that als offer these apps so I guess there might not be much choise there.. but all i need is a decent browser!! I dont need fancy specs and I dont want to hook up a pc/laptop to my TV.

and it would have enable USB keyboard and/or mouse, hopefully.
really lost a bit here. suggestions would really help! thanks
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Would you consider the web browser on your phone/tablet decent ?
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The problem is that most devices offering limited web browsers do not support common web video sites, which often require custom plugins for video format compatibility or DRM.

Your best bet is a PC/laptop that you can either plug in to your TV via HDMI, or perhaps use screen mirroring via Chromecast or Miracast. You could also use screen mirroring with your phone or tablet.

If not that, then you could try a cheap Android TV box running a mobile web browser like Chrome. But you'd also want to buy a remote keyboard for it, so add at least another $30 to the $50 base cost.
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nichman1 wrote: All I need is a decent internet browser I can use on TV to play videos from different websites. So whats a cheap device that has a good built in browser that i can surf and play videos that I can plug into my TV's HDMI PORT? I dont need features like netflix, apps, etc, already have that on my ps3 (and it's internet browser sucks-cant watch any videos), but I'm guessing there are only devices that als offer these apps so I guess there might not be much choise there.. but all i need is a decent browser!! I dont need fancy specs and I dont want to hook up a pc/laptop to my TV.

and it would have enable USB keyboard and/or mouse, hopefully.
really lost a bit here. suggestions would really help! thanks
Not sure what you're looking for exactly? Sounds like a Chromecast might work if you're okay with casting from your phone or tablet.... if you want at keyboard/mouse, your best bet is probably a barebones PC. You could also look at getting an Android box, but I find my PC to be much more useful.
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sounds like your better off with a PC / Laptop, since you need a keyboard / mouse because with special boxes, you wuld need to buy special keyboards / mouses just to use on the box. much easier to buy a laptop or a desktop.
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Faith24 wrote: The problem is that most devices offering limited web browsers do not support common web video sites, which often require custom plugins for video format compatibility or DRM.

Your best bet is a PC/laptop that you can either plug in to your TV via HDMI, or perhaps use screen mirroring via Chromecast or Miracast. You could also use screen mirroring with your phone or tablet.

If not that, then you could try a cheap Android TV box running a mobile web browser like Chrome. But you'd also want to buy a remote keyboard for it, so add at least another $30 to the $50 base cost.
Any specific android tv box? im no expert on them. tho it would need to have wireless keyboard use where i can plug in the usb receiver, and play 1080p vids.
feel free to leave links

And I'm not into using pc/laptop.
if nothing..how well would a chromecast work with my nexus 10? would it be able to cast anything thats on my nexus 10? any lag? anyone have experience here?
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The Chromecast works well for casting from both laptops and Android devices. There is some lag, so it doesn't work well for games, but it's not an issue with video.

For an Android box, buy one from Amazon.ca for quick shipping, reasonable price with no tax, and guaranteed return in case of any problems. Make sure it's "Fulfilled by Amazon". Currently most people are looking for any box based on the S905 or S905X chipset (stable), preferably with 2 Gbytes of RAM for more speed, but 1 Gbyte will work if you see a great price. The boxes are pretty generic, all based on the same circuit boards and chipsets, and there should be some for under $50. A few have better WiFi chipsets if you plan to use WiFi (e.g., dual-band AC). Mostly they come with just a cheap generic remote control, and you have to buy a keyboard separately, usually the Logitech or Microsoft keyboard for under $30.
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I use a chromecast and a chromebook. You can easily cast youtube videos. There are chrome extensions to cast vimeo (and dailymotion?) too. But I've never tried them.
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Faith24 wrote: The Chromecast works well for casting from both laptops and Android devices. There is some lag, so it doesn't work well for games, but it's not an issue with video.

For an Android box, buy one from Amazon.ca for quick shipping, reasonable price with no tax, and guaranteed return in case of any problems. Make sure it's "Fulfilled by Amazon". Currently most people are looking for any box based on the S905 or S905X chipset (stable), preferably with 2 Gbytes of RAM for more speed, but 1 Gbyte will work if you see a great price. The boxes are pretty generic, all based on the same circuit boards and chipsets, and there should be some for under $50. A few have better WiFi chipsets if you plan to use WiFi (e.g., dual-band AC). Mostly they come with just a cheap generic remote control, and you have to buy a keyboard separately, usually the Logitech or Microsoft keyboard for under $30.
Thanks for the great reply. If I cast from my nexus 10, does its screen need to be one while I watch a video or can i turn the screen off and still watch the video thats being sent thru chromecast onto my tv?
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If you are screen-mirroring, then the Nexus screen has to stay on. If you are "casting" from an app or web page that has a Chromecast icon, then the Chromecast takes over the streaming job independently, and the phone can be shut off if you want.
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I've been looking into something similar but I have found that MS Edge Browser has a "cast" function that lets you cast the browser to a DLNA device. I just tried it once today though - seemed okay.
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Assuming you have a PC somewhere else in the building, how about a Steam Link?
This way you get a full PC experience without the full PC.
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d3van wrote: I've been looking into something similar but I have found that MS Edge Browser has a "cast" function that lets you cast the browser to a DLNA device. I just tried it once today though - seemed okay.
what is a DLNA device? does a ps3 count?
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nichman1 wrote:
d3van wrote: I've been looking into something similar but I have found that MS Edge Browser has a "cast" function that lets you cast the browser to a DLNA device. I just tried it once today though - seemed okay.
what is a DLNA device? does a ps3 count?
A standard which allows devices to communicate between each other.

Yes, PS3 is a DNLA certified device.

Find more at http://www.dlna.org/products/
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d3van wrote: I've been looking into something similar but I have found that MS Edge Browser has a "cast" function that lets you cast the browser to a DLNA device. I just tried it once today though - seemed okay.
nichman1 wrote: what is a DLNA device?
tk1000 wrote: A standard which allows devices to, sometimes, communicate between each other.
fixed it for you :P
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