We can’t always make it to the theater to watch movies on the big screen. Heck, we can’t always watch them on our own televisions. Sometimes a tablet is the best screen available. And you know what? Thanks to apps like Netflix and Amazon Video, tablets are great devices for streaming movies.
That said, with a few key accessories, you can deck your tablet out and make it the best video streaming device it can be. Here’s our guide to the best tablets and accessories for streaming movies.
iPad Air 2
There are no two ways about it. If you want a tablet with a crisp, high-resolution screen and the best selection of apps available, an iPad is the way to go. The iPad Air 2 is the golden standard for high quality tablets, and it’s available for a reasonable price.
It’s so thin and light that it’s hard to believe it holds so much power. From running games and movies to editing photos and videos, this tablet can get the job done, no matter what the job is. And when it comes to streaming video, the iPad Air 2 has every app you could want, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Go, and just about every other one under the sun. Buy one here.
The built–in speakers of an iPad or any decent tablet are serviceable, but they leave a lot to be desired when you’re watching a movie. They’re only on one side of the tablet, and they’re so close together that you won’t even notice the stereo effect. As a result, you’ll probably miss more than a few lines of dialog when you’re watching movies.
One simple solution is to plug the iPad into a great set of speakers like these from Bose. Their full, clear sound will make any movie more enjoyable, and if you’re looking for volume, these things bring it in droves. Buy a set here.
The only problem with using speakers is that everyone in the room can hear your movie. If that’s an issue for you, you’ll need a good set of headphones to get the full cinematic experience while saving others from the distraction.
A noise-reducing set like this from Sennheiser can vastly improve the movie watching experience. It blocks out ambient sounds and pumps the full sonic range of audio straight into your eardrums. Better yet, they allow virtually no noise leakage, so there’s no way your movie will bother anyone around you. Buy a pair here.
Watching videos on a tablet is all fun and games until your arm gets tired from holding it. That’s why you’ll want a cover that doubles as a stand. This highly rated one from Fintie is perfect, because it holds the iPad at the ideal angle for watching movies. It’s made from a durable synthetic leather, so it protects your device from falls and spills. It also comes in dozens of colors and patterns, so you can choose the one that’s exactly right for you. Buy one here.
Theres no doubt that the iPad’s screen is great for watching movies. But if you have the space and the opportunity, why not queue up a movie on your iPad and project the picture onto a screen or wall? With a portable projector like this one from Brookstone, you can get a full cinematic experience just about anywhere.
Not only can it project a crystal-clear image up to 80 inches — much larger than most TVs — but it can run for up to two hours on a single battery charge. (If you want to watch a longer movie, rest assured that it comes with an AC adaptor, too). It’s also portable, with a much smaller footprint than the iPad. It’s like a movie theater that fits in a messenger bag. Buy one here.
Apple digital adaptor
If you go the projector route, or if you want to use your TV as a display, you’ll need an adaptor to connect an HDMI cable to your iPad. This official adapter from Apple does the job perfectly. It’s a little more expensive than the knockoffs made in China, but it’s about a hundred times more reliable. Buy one here.