The DOKO is a real departure from what we know NZXT for, but I still think it fits a category that is up and coming and important to many people. First let’s talk about media consumption, almost everyone I know has at least one streaming service account (Neflix, Amazon, iTunes, etc). So we are all buying different set-top boxes to play this various content. I personally have a WDTV Live Hub, Pivos XIOS XS and a Amazon Fire TV Stick. All of these players have their pros and cons and I use each one to watch different streaming services and types of media. The DOKO really knocks them all out of the water and allows me to have one device. Keep in mind that all of these streaming services were originally developed to work in the browser first. So all I have to do is load them up on my PC and stream to the DOKO and I’m good to do. The best part about streaming from my PC is that I get its horsepower too, so HD content is no problem at all!
The second big thing that the DOKO can be used for is gaming. PC gamers have been wanting to bring their games to the living room for quite a while now and the DOKO is a device that is quite capable of doing that. Again in my testing I had no issues playing both Team Fortress 2 and Payday 2 for extended periods of time. I did not notice much of any input lag on the USB devices that I had plugged into the DOKO either. And unlike set-top boxes that might play some Android games we have full access to our Steam Library on our main PC here! And again you have the horsepower of your PC so you don’t have to worry about performance issues.
I really like the idea of the four USB ports on the front of the DOKO. These use USBoverIP technology that makes it like they are plugged into the PC you are streaming from. This allows you to control the host PC from the DOKO and just makes things so much easier.
The caveat of the DOKO is the fact that it does require a wired connection to work. Many people do not have wired network access in their home theater. You can use a powerline adapter or wireless bridge to help out with this problem, but that could hurt the quality. The wired connection does ensure quality though, with so many wireless set-top boxes you get the “loading” or “buffering” message which can be annoying.
One other issue of the DOKO is that I was not able to select the screen I was streaming from. My main PC is a dual-display system and say I have a few friends over who want to watch something. It would be nice if I could still say do work on my main screen and use the second screen to stream to my TV so they could have something to watch.
Right now the DOKO is selling for $99.99 at my favorite online retailer, which is the same price as most other major set-top streaming boxes. Overall ThinkComputers gives the NZXT DOKO a 9 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award.
– Easy to setup
– Small footprint
– Stream from any PC on your network
– Ability to stream games
– USB ports with USBoverIP technology
– Requires a wired connection
– Cannot select the screen you wish to stream from