SmartStick 2 with Kid Zone Streaming


smart stick, smartstick 3, streaming, games, online streamingDoes your kiddo like playing games or watching YouTube kids? All 5 of my kiddos enjoy playing games on their tablets and my youngest 2 have recently got into watching funny kids videos on YouTube. Just recently I learned of the SmartStick 2 and was excited to receive it for review.

smart stick, smartstick 3, streaming, games, online streamingThe SmartStick 2 includes an instruction insert, wireless remote, power cord, power adapter, HDMI adapter and SmartStick.

smart stick, smartstick 3, streaming, games, online streamingWhat is a SmartStick? 

The SmartStick is a tiny plug-and-play device that allows you to stream over a million Android and XBMC apps and personal media from your smartphone, tablet, or computer to your TV. Whether you’re building a Smart Home or just want to stream Netflix, Smart Stick makes it easy. Smart Stick supports well over 1 million apps and channels–more apps and channels than any other Smart TV, Box, or Streaming device on the market. Designed to be simple from the start, it plugs neatly into your TV’s HDMI port. Send your personal media files directly from your phone or tablet seamlessly to your TV with no separate apps to install to access to your favorite streaming services like Netflix, Pandora, HBO Go, Hulu, and more. Dual band wireless gives you an optimal wireless connection for high definition channel and app streaming, and Bluetooth lets you connect your Bluetooth headphones, speakers, or countless other Bluetooth smart devices. 

smart stick, smartstick 3, streaming, games, online streaming Plugging in the SmartStick was pretty easy for my husband. Before we could get anything to work we had to set the time and date and update the Google Play Services. This device does have its ups and downs. Although it was easy to set up we couldn’t get any games to work. We downloaded a few and some wouldn’t install all the way and others wouldn’t let you play at all. In turn we would have to unplug the device which then restarted the date and time and we would have to go through that all over again.

smart stick, smartstick 3, streaming, games, online streaming

We have been able to install Netflix and YouTube kids which is great because we have a Netflix account. The kids really enjoy the YouTube kids and have been watching their favorite funny kids videos. I have found that the mouse is a little touchy and sometimes hard for my younger kids to get work.

My husband does like the fact that he can plug the USB adapter into his laptop and use the wireless remote to change his slides when giving a presentation. I also like that you can put a parental lock on it as well.

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  • Shannon Gurnee

    That sounds like a really awesome piece of technology! I’ll have to check it out for our family!

  • Kathy

    This would be great for my daughters. I need to check this out! I love that it has a parental lock too. I wouldn’t want my kids getting in to everything.

  • Tiffany @ Daily Leisure

    I would love to use this just for Netflix and YouTube! We love Netflix, but have it hooked up via blu ray and ethernet, so I’d like to be able to watch it in another room.

  • rika

    Sounds like a great device! We have a similar product to connect our subscriptions in one place, love it

  • Paige

    Love how kid-friendly it is with the parental controls!

  • Kelli @ 3 Boys and a Dog

    This looks great! I am sure the boys would love to have this when watching their videos online! Thanks for sharing this review!

  • Chubskulit Rose

    We are going to move soon and I am interested in getting these for my kids. This would come in handy.

  • OurFamilyWorld

    We have a stick similar to this. The kids are enjoying streaming and watching movies through this.

  • Annemarie LeBlanc

    It is just amazing to learn about new technologies. When I was growing up, a TV and a VCR were enough to keep us entertained. I think my husband would love this Smartstick. He is the one always looking for movies to watch and sometimes we forget and totally miss it.

  • Travel Blogger

    This sounds so awesome and convenient! My husband loves to play games with our son, and this would be such a great idea for them.

  • HilLesha

    I actually never heard of the SmartStick 2, but it sounds like something that would be beneficial for my family. I’ll have to check it out!

  • Sarh S

    This sounds wonderful! My kids all have Kids Kindles, but they are always looking for new ways to play apps and watch youtube. Plus, their Kids Kindles don’t seem to have a lot of memory so we have to delete apps before they can download new ones. Kind of a pain.

  • Jeanette

    I wish I saw this before we went on a vacation this would have been perfect!! I will be traveling again this summer so I will have to check into this.

  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    That Smartstick 2 sounds pretty incredible. I love the idea that I can stream anywhere and anytime. I’ll have to check this out.

  • Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    This is so cool. My boys are both totally into Youtube! I am going to have to look into this for them.

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