Roku 3 Review: Your One-stop Internet TV Box

For those new to Roku, it is a streaming media player that allows you to watch online videos on your TV or monitor. Like its predecessors, Roku 3 is still small and discrete. What’s new is its glossier finish and sleek, rounded shape which makes it look more modern and appealing than its predecessors. It’s also smaller and denser, weighing at 5 ounces compared to the 3-ounce Roku 2 XS. It has a nonskid rubber lining on the bottom to prevent the small box from sliding on surfaces.

Roku 3’s fully redesigned onscreen user interface now rivals Apple TV. The new interface shows nine channels at a time, compared to the old one which shows only five channels. You can zip through all of your channels at a fraction of the time it used to take in the old Roku. The menu bar on the left allows for easy access in selecting categories and finding the channel you’re looking for, with animated transitions in between menus. A check mark appears indicating that a channel is installed.

At $99 a unit, Roku serves up more content sources than other smart TV boxes. An updated processor or CPU means that it’s faster than most alternative streaming media players currently available in the market. It supports more than 1,00 channels including Netflix, Amazon Cloud Player, Amazon Instant, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, MLB.TV, Pandora, Vudu, and YouTube. It allows for cross-platform search that quickly scours several major TV and movie sites to find content. This means you can easily find the content you want to watch.

The Roku 3 comes with a remote control with two innovative features. It has an integrated motion sensor that works similarly to Wii. This allows you to play games by waving the device around. This feature works great with Angry Birds Space and other popular games in the Roku store. The other useful feature is the built-in headphone jack which allows you to plug in a pair of headphones and then watch videos or listen to music without disturbing others nearby or in the next room. Roku is perfect for those who prefer private listening and viewing. Also, adjusting the headphone volume doesn’t affect the TV volume, so you can crank it up without blasting the entire room with a loud volume.

Audio is transmitted via Wi-Fi, not Bluetooth. Sound can be a little thin and prone to distortion especially when there’s an explosion or loud blast of music, but other than that, it’s fine for those late-night Netflix binges.

The Roku 3 is currently the best streaming media player out there. You definitely get value for your money.


PROS:
  • New and improved responsive user-interface
  • Faster processor eliminates lags and glitches
  • Innovative remote with built-in headphone jack that allows for private listening

CONS:
  • No analog AV output
  • No YouTube or DLNA format support
  • Sound can be prone to distortion


 

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Faster and more powerful. With up to 1080p HD video* and extended-range, dual-band wireless performance for increased speed Amazing remote with headphone jack. Use the included in-ear headphones to ...

$99.99

Binding

Electronics

Brand

Roku

CatalogNumberList

FPS-309866

Department

Electronics & Computers

EAN

0829610880365

EANList

0829610880365, 0727908817966, 0829610880532

IsEligibleForTradeIn

1

ItemDimensions

100, hundredths-inches, 350, hundredths-inches, 31, hundredths-pounds, 350, hundredths-inches

Label

Roku, Inc.

Languages

English, Unknown

LegalDisclaimer

No shipments to Tennessee, New Jersey, California or Indiana. Thank you No shipments to Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, APO/AFPO, US protectorates.

Manufacturer

Roku, Inc.

Model

4200R

MPN

4200R

PackageDimensions

260, hundredths-inches, 720, hundredths-inches, 100, hundredths-pounds, 710, hundredths-inches

PackageQuantity

1

PartNumber

4200R

ProductGroup

Home Theater

ProductTypeName

TUNER

Publisher

Roku, Inc.

ReleaseDate

2013-03-05

Studio

Roku, Inc.

TradeInValue

2655, USD, $26.55

UPC

829610880532

UPCList

829610880532, 727908817966, 829610880365

Warranty

90 day limited warranty

9 Total Score
Excellent!

Roku 3 takes the cake when it comes to internet TV boxes for its lightning-fast performance, extensive access to various online content, and ease of use at an affordable price.

Design
9
Performance
9
Display
9
Functions
9
User Rating: 3.63 (51 votes)
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