NZXT DOKO Review
Published: 23rd February 2015 | Source: NZXT | Price: |
The NZXT DOKO is a very difficult device to categorize, by itself it is simply useless ans it must be used with a host PC. This places it at a clear disadvantage with many other devices like the Google Chromecast and other SMART TV devices/ functions. The DOKO however can be used to do anything a PC can do, as it is a direct stream to a PC, so you can use any website or any PC application from the comfort of your living room.
At the price of $99.99 the DOKO is cheaper than building a dedicated PC for the living room, which is the main advantage of this device. Streaming Games is no doubt one of the most interesting applications of this unit, as it is cheaper than an Nvidia Shield (and does not lock you to a particular GPU brand) and is cheaper than a dedicated PC for Steam In-Home Streaming.
Comparing this unit to an Nvidia Shield one major advantage is that it can stream from you PC in applications outside of games and that the 4 front USB ports allow the device to be connected to storage mediums (for media playback) or input methods (like a keyboard, mouse and/or controller) to allow the unit to play games more like a PC, as using a mouse and keyboard with an Nvidia Shield in not easy. The disadvantages to the Nvidia Shield are the lack of options, the DOKO can only stream at 1080p 30FPS, whereas the Nvidia Shield tablet can play at higher resolutions and framerates, and let the user choose between the two if they have issues while streaming. The Shield also has the option to use wireless internet for streaming.
The NZXT DOKO gives the exact same functionality as an HTPC, you can use any USB devices, playback whatever media, browse whatever websites you want too and do everything and anything that a PC can enable you to do. From a game streaming perspective the DOKO still has the 30FPS limit at a resolution of 1080p, which makes the a Steam In-Home Streaming PC again have more options in terms of desired framerate and streaming resolution.
NZXT have the cheapest option for PC Game Streaming on the market, which doubles up well as a media streaming device or as a pseudo-HTPC. While the 30FPS streaming limit may be a stopping point for many PC gamers, all I can say is that you will need to go for a more expensive setup to get a higher framerate stream. We definitely recommend using the NZXT DOKO with a wired internet connection, especially while gaming as we found while using a powerline setup delivered a sub-par experience.
For being the cheapest functional PC streaming device on the market gives NZXT DOKO our Value for Money award, but I must stress that if you cannot run the NZXT DOKO using a wired Internet connection you should not consider it as a viable game streaming option.