Review: Roku Streaming Stick +

Roku has come out with a new Streaming Stick called the Streaming Stick +. And this isn’t just the best streaming stick that Roku has made, it’s the best streaming device that they’ve made to date. First, let’s look at the Streaming Stick + and remote:

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You plug the Streaming Stick + into the HDMI port of your TV and then you plug a USB cable from the Streaming Stick + to a USB cable into a USB port on your TV. But this is no ordinary cable:


If you take a look closely, there’s a block in the middle. That’s a WiFi receiver that’s built-in to its USB cable. That gives you 4x the range and a stronger signal which means that watching Stranger Things in 4K will be insanely smooth. And from my tests, that claim is accurate. It supports 802.11ac MIMO dual-band wireless to further ensure that streaming is smooth.

What other tricks does it have? Try these for starters:

  • 1080p
  • 4K UHD TVs
  • 4K UHD HDR TVs – Supports HDR10 technology

I found a client who has a 4K HDR TV to test out the 4K HDR support and watching an episode of Stranger Things  in 4K was stunning.

Another thing that I will draw your attention to is the remote. It has a power button on it along with volume buttons. That way, you can power on and off your TV and control the volume with a single remote. In fact, it tries to figure out what TV it has and sets itself up so that you (hopefully) don’t have to do any voodoo to make it work with your TV (I didn’t have to in my case. Your mileage may vary). That’s going to be a godsend to people who hate to juggle remotes like my wife for example. It also includes a voice search function that is not only insanely fast to use, it is a first for a Roku Streaming Stick. In fact, the Streaming Stick + is just insanely fast overall. You can thank a new quad-core processor that’s inside the Streaming Stick +. Everything was smooth and fluid when I tested it. Setup was quick and easy and anyone can do it.

What really is the cherry on the cake is the price. At $90 CDN The Roku Streaming Stick + is a no brainer if you want to join the streaming generation. It will be on the street on May 1st and I say grab one if you want to do streaming right.


One Response to “Review: Roku Streaming Stick +”

  1. […] With brilliant picture quality, 4x the wireless range, and a new voice remote, the new Roku Streaming Stick+ is just like Roku’s portable Streaming Stick®, super-charged. The Streaming Stick+ offers high-performance portability and is compatible with 4K and HDR TV’s. The convenience of this streaming player can allow Moms to stream from any location that offers wireless internet. Read the review here. […]

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