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Walmart has officially released an all-new onn. Google TV Stick which is now available for purchase for less than $18.
The device was originally available for under $15, however, it has since increased and is now priced at $17.50.
The onn. brand has become a popular name in the tech industry with tons of products including the extremely popular onn. Google TV Box 4K.
This new device features the same Google TV Operating System with many of the same specifications and features as the Box.
There were inklings of a sister device coming from onn. earlier this year due to an FCC filing in July of 2023 and that is now confirmed with the release of the Google TV Stick.
The biggest draw for these devices is the price point as the 4K version is available for only $19.88 and the stick is being sold for $17.50. This is crazy as for just $2 more, you can opt for the 4K model.
However, many are praising the speed and power that accompany these devices as well as the built-in Google TV Operating System.
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Walmart $18 onn. Google TV Stick Review
The biggest difference between the onn. Google TV Box and the Stick is that the new Google TV Stick will only feature resolution up to 1080p while the Box has 4K capabilities.
This is not the first time that onn. has sold a streaming stick as the previous version featured Android TV and was priced at $24.88.
Unfortunately, the Android TV Stick from onn. had many issues and was ultimately discontinued in late 2021.
The new version looks to improve on the previous model and includes 1.5GB of RAM and tons of other specifications which we list below.
We have high hopes for the latest iteration as the 4K Google TV Box from onn. is the best budget-friendly Android TV Box available today.
It seems that the device is yet to be available for purchase in stores, however, you can order from the Walmart website right now.
Walmart onn. Stick Features
- Quad Core ARM Cortex-A35 Processor
- Mali-G31 GPU
- 8GB Internal Storage
- 1.5 GB RAM
- Up to 1080p Full HD Resolution
- Google TV OS (Android TV 12)
- Google Assistant
- HDMI/Micro USB Connection
- Bluetooth Capabilities
- MIMO Fast Wi-Fi
- Stereo; Mono Audio
- Included Remote & Batteries
Onn. Google TV Stick VS Box
The most popular question will be, “How does the onn. Stick compare to the 4K Box?”
From what I’ve seen, the two biggest differences are resolution and RAM.
The onn. Stick is only capable of 1080P max resolution whereas the box can output 4K video.
The Stick has 1.5GB of RAM memory and the box comes with 2GB.
It seems that everything else is identical including CPU, GPU, Wireless Chip, Android TV 12, etc.
You will see below that the onn. Stick CPU is clocked at a max of 1800 MHz whereas the 4K Box is 2004 MHz. This is a small difference and probably won’t even be noticeable while using these devices. The biggest difference in hardware is RAM Memory whereas the Stick has 500MB less than the Box.
The onn. Stick sells for $2 less than the 4K Box.
Setup was a breeze however it took a long time. When first setting up the device I was prompted to install an update and although it was only 36MB in size, it took forever.
Once the device booted for the first time, everything worked the way it should.
Upon initial setup, I was prompted to pair the remote with external devices such as TV or soundbar. I paired it with my TV with no problems whatsoever. The onn. remote control now allows me to turn my TV on/off, adjust volume, and change inputs.
The setup process is the same that you would find on any Google TV streaming device and it works well.
I sideloaded some popular apps through the TROYPOINT Toolbox such as SmartTubeNext, IPTV Smarters, and Launcher Manager. I’m happy to report that side-loading works as it should on this device just like its counterpart, the 4K Box.
As mentioned earlier, this device outputs a maximum of 1080P resolution.
I tested the streaming quality by playing YouTube videos, movies & TV shows within Kodi, and live IPTV channels through IPTV Smarters. Everything that I attempted to play worked as it should with no buffering whatsoever. It’s important to point out that I was using a Real-Debrid account within Kodi when testing playback.
I was curious to see if this small unit would overheat so I played an IPTV channel for 24 hours straight and the stream never stopped. Although the onn. Stick was warm to the touch, I wouldn’t call it hot by any means.
The biggest problem with the first onn. Streaming Stick was responsiveness. It would hang when moving around the user interface. Fortunately, I don’t see that with this new device and it’s extremely snappy which is surprising due to only 1.5GB of RAM.
3rd Party Launchers Work
I’m happy to report that 3rd party Launchers work great on the new onn. Google TV Streaming Stick. One of the first things I did when setting up the new Stick was to install ATV Launcher Pro.
I couldn’t get expandable storage to work on the new onn. Streaming Stick like it did on the 4K Box. I tried two different SanDisk 64GB USB Drives and neither of them were recognized. I’m sure we could probably do the trick of issuing ADB commands to get it working but personally I don’t think it’s worth the hassle. Running apps from USB is always hit and miss plus many times the included power adapter has a hard time of supporting it.
Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
I tried connecting the same Gigabit Ethernet Adapter to the onn. Google TV Stick that worked on the 4K Box but that didn’t work either. It seems that OTG connections are disabled on this device. I can’t get anything to work that I connect via OTG Cable.
Download/Upload Speed Tests
I used the Analiti Speed test app for the following tests.
I have one GB Fiber download speed plan through my Internet Service Provider.
During the WiFi tests, I’m connected to the 5GHz band on my Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Router. This router resides in the same room as my onn. Google TV Android Box (approximately 20 feet away from the wireless router).
I’m using Surfshark VPN as my VPN on Chicago Server.
VPN Off: Download = 388 Mbps & Upload = 216 Mbps
VPN On: Download = 96 Mbps & Upload = 82 Mbps
Running a VPN always slows down both download/upload speeds due to encryption and tunneling traffic through an outside server.
I would rate the download/upload speeds as great!
Although the new onn. Google TV Streaming Stick works just fine I still don’t understand why they would bother selling another device for only $2 less than their 4K variation. Are people really going to pass up the more powerful 4K option to save two bucks? Pretty silly in my opinion.
I strongly suggest that TROYPOINT fans pay the extra two dolalrs for the onn. Google TV 4K Streaming Box.
For those who want to purchase the new onn. Google TV Stick the following link will take you to the online order page on the Walmart Website.
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