Review: Roku Express

Roku is serious about owning the streaming market. To do that, they have come out with a suite of new products at all levels. At the low end is the Roku Express:

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In the box are the Roku Express, an HDMI cable and a remote control. It will do 1080p video at 60 frames and connects to the Internet via 802.11b/g/n WiFi. While I do wish that it did 802.11ac WiFi, previous Roku products did just fine with 802.11b/g/n WiFi. So I’ll give them a free pass on that. You power it via a USB port that is strictly for power. There’s also a strip of tape to stick it to your TV so that it is out of the way. 

In terms of capabilities, you get the full suite of features. Universal search is there and so is the Roku Feed. While there’s no voice search or headphone jack on the remote most of those features are available on Roku’s mobile app. In fact, I preferred using the Roku App rather than the remote control that comes with the Roku Express as the remote that’s included in the box isn’t the cool RF remote that I’ve seen on Roku products in the past that takes away line of sight issues. You also still get all the channels and streaming options that you expect from Roku which makes it a compelling choice to stream whatever content you want as the Roku platform is all about giving you the choice to get the content you want from your preferred source. 

The key feature of the Roku Express is the price. It’s $39.99 CDN which is dirt cheap and make it almost too hard to pass up if you want a low cost streaming device. If you want something with a bit more capability, you can check out the Roku Express + which adds RCA based AV jacks to the game for $10 CDN more. That way, you can add streaming capability to an older TV. If you want to start enjoying streaming content at a low cost, the Roku Express or Roku Express + have to be your first choice.

7 Responses to “Review: Roku Express”

  1. […] The new Roku Express is five times more powerful than its predecessor, and offers easy HD streaming at an affordable price. Easy to set up and use, the Express comes with a remote control that makes finding something to watch a snap. And with over 150,000 movies and TV shows available (including lots of free content), Mom and the kids will never run out of things to watch! Read the review here. […]

  2. […] The new Roku Express is five times more powerful than its predecessor, and offers easy HD streaming at an affordable price. Easy to set up and use, the Express comes with a remote control that makes finding something to watch a snap. And with over 150,000 movies and TV shows available (including lots of free content), Dad and the kids will never run out of things to watch! Read the review here. […]

  3. […] The new Roku Express is five times more powerful than its predecessor, and offers easy HD streaming at an affordable price. Easy to set up and use, the Express comes with a remote control that makes finding something to watch a snap. And with over 150,000 movies and TV shows available (including lots of free content), Dad and the kids will never run out of things to watch! Read the review here. […]

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  5. […] The new Roku Express is five times more powerful than its predecessor and offers easy HD streaming at an affordable price. A great Father’s Day gift, the Express comes with a remote control that makes finding something to watch a snap. With over 150,000 movies and TV shows available (including tons of free content), you’ll be sure to find something Dad likes. Check out the review here. […]

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  7. […] The new Roku Express is five times more powerful than its predecessor and offers easy HD streaming at an affordable price. A great gift for anyone, the Express comes with a remote control that makes finding something to watch a snap. With over 150,000 movies and TV shows available (including tons of free content), you’ll be sure to find something that the student in your life likes. Check out the review here. […]

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