I only have the Amazon fire stick as a comparison, but I have found the performance of this box to be very good so far. I haven’t experimented with additional hardware as yet, but I will at some point fit my sata drive to access my own content. I feel that paying a premium on a better product is worth doing in this situation. Buy cheap, buy twice! If I had to give a negative, it would be the quality of the remote provided – it does feel a little cheap and at £17.99 for a replacement a bit overpriced. But all in all, it’s the quality of the hardware in the box which is key, and I’m very happy with that.