The Apple TV is a great way of getting big screen entertainment onto your television, and with more streaming services popping up daily, it gets better and better. However, it could always be complemented by some awesome accessories. But which?
Even though the Apple TV stands well on its own two feet, sometimes adding just the right mix of accessories can give it that little bit extra. Apple doesn’t give you much in the box—just the Apple TV, a power cable, the Siri Remote, and a Lightning cable—so you’ll need to pick up an HDMI cable of your own at the very least.
While you’re shopping for something that really should be in the box already, why not treat your Apple TV to a couple more new friends, too? Not all of these accessories are as vital as the aforementioned HDMI cable, but we do think that each and every one of them will enhance your Apple TV-watching experience.
Best HDMI Cable: Atevon High Speed HDMI Cable ($12)
Apple’s decision not to ship the Apple TV with its own HDMI cable seems like a silly cost-saving measure, but fortunately, good HDMI cables are inexpensive. If you want the best picture and sound from your Apple TV, you owe it to yourself to choose a cable that meets the standards required.
The Atevon High Speed HDMI Cable does that, thanks to its 18Gbps throughput and HDMI 2.0 compliance. It’s good for 4K HDR and 60Hz, and it’s HDCP 2.2 capable so you won’t experience any copy protection issues, either. Support for Audio Return (ARC) and 4:4:4 chroma rounds out the features. And it’s not particularly costly for a lengthy 6ft cable, either.
Best Remote Sleeve: Elago Intelli Case (From $6)
The Siri Remote is fine but it’s so slender and easy to lose. The solution? Put it in a case that makes the remote much more ergonomic and easier to hold—a case like the Elago Intelli Case.
The Intelli Case is available in a handful of colors, but no matter which color you go for you’ll get a case that makes it easier to hold your Siri Remote and, gloriously, make it less likely to disappear down the back of a sofa cushion.
For an added bonus, the case also has a built-in magnet, so you can attach it to any metal object around the home. You need never lose your Siri Remote again.
Best MFi Game Controller: SteelSeries Nimbus Wireless Gaming Controller ($50)
Apple keeps trying to turn the Apple TV into a game console, with limited success. That’s a shame because there are some great games in the App Store that are perfect for couch play. You’ll need an MFi controller if you want to enjoy them to their fullest, and the SteelSeries Nimbus is the pick of the bunch.