NZXT DOKO Review
Published: 23rd February 2015 | Source: NZXT | Price: |
In the PC to TV In-Home game Streaming market there is a very small number of options which a PC gamer can take, you can take the rout of the Nvidia Shield or go for the Steam In-Home Streaming Route.
If you go for the Nvidia Shield you are then locked into an Nvidia ecosystem, limiting your future upgrade options and above that limit your ability to use certain peripherals, since the Shield is not easy to use with a mouse and keyboard (as it has no full sized USB ports).
The second option is Steam's In-Home Streaming, which requires a secondary PC to decode the stream from your main gaming PC. This means that you will require a full PCs worth of parts or a relatively modern laptop.
The 3rd option is by far the most expensive, to make a dedicated gaming PC for the living room, which while it does not rely on a good internet connection or have the latency associated with game Streaming is too expensive for the vast majority of PC gamers. Aside from the cost issue their will be the issue of syncing your games save files across multiple PCs.
This is where the NZXT DOKO comes in, at the cost of $99 it is cheaper than the Shield Tablet and cheaper than pretty much any rig you can assemble for Steam's In-Home Streaming and will not lock you into a particular GPU brand. Their also is 4 USB 2.0 Ports in the front of the device, which makes hooking a mouse, keyboard, memory stick or external hard drive a breeze.
While this may sound like the perfect solution to a lot of you, their is a compromise, the Streaming capability of this unit is limited to 30FPS and it has no functionality without a PC to stream from, so unlike the Nvidia Shield or a Steam Streaming Machine it cannot even do simple tasks like use Nelflix or deliver your movies via Plex without a dedicated PC.
These two downsides may be complete deal-breaker for many of us PC gamers. Let's see how the DOKO performs.