Roku Offers Different Streaming Devices For Different Circumstances
Streaming devices have made streaming movies and television shows to your TV set mainstream and convenient making cutting the cable cord a clear cut choice for many people. Roku has several devices in their lineup and each one has different features that can fit people’s particular circumstances but which one is right for you?
The Roku Streaming Stick
Unlike the other Roku devices the Roku Streaming Stick looks like a USB thumb drive and it plugs directly into the HDMI port on the back of your television.
This device is optimal for connecting to wall mounted TV sets and comes with a remote that can be pointed anywhere because it connects to the Roku Stick through your wi-fi.
Roku Express and Roku Express+
The Roku Express is Roku’s least expensive model. It’s a cheaper streaming device than the Google Chromecast and gives you more because unlike Google’s Chromecast, it comes with its own remote control rather than having to use your phone as the remote. It also comes with a 2ft HDMI cable and adhesive strip so that you can mount the Roku Express to the TV.
For those with older televisions that do not have an HDMI port you should get the Roku Express+ streaming device because it has analog video output whereas the regular Express doesn’t.
The Roku 1
Roku’s oldest model, the Roku 1 lacks many of the modern features that the other Roku models have. It lacks Miracast screen-mirroring and DIAL send-to-TV functionality. Its software is older and apps like Netflix don’t support user profiles. Its processor is slower and it contains older Wi-Fi hardware. This streaming device also lacks Ethernet, USB, and microSD hardware.
Its only real advantage is for people who have older analog televisions who need to connect with RCA cables.
The Roku 2
The Roku 2 has a faster processor than the Roku Streaming Stick. You get all the same features that you get with the Roku Streaming Stick such as screen-sharing, DIAL send-to-TV functionality, and a modern Netflix app. You also get a Roku box with Ethernet functionality for wired networking, a USB and microSD hardware for watching your own media files. Like the Streaming Stick though, the Roku 2 and 3 only support HDMI output.
The Roku 3
The Roku 3 has mostly the same features as the Roku 2. Its processor is even as fast as the Roku 2. The one thing that separates the Roku 3 is its remote control.
The remote control that comes with the Roku 3 streaming device has more features on it than the previous models. It has a built-in headphone jack, allowing you to easily connect headphones to it and watch TV without disturbing others. It has voice search, so you can press a button and speak to your remote and search for something to watch. There is also motion control features for playing games with. Roku games haven’t really taken off though, so these motion control features aren’t really much of an advantage unless you know where to find these games.
The Roku 4
Specifically designed to support 4K Ultra HD content, the Roku 4’s processor is faster than the other Roku models. Other than that it has the same features as other models. Unless your television is a new 4K Ultra HD smart TV it really isn’t in your best interest to get the Roku 4. Right now there isn’t even that much 4K content available on the market right now.
If you have a 4K Ultra HD TV and have access to 4K content than this Roku will give you the best 4K experience.
To Sum Roku Streaming Devices Up
There are different streaming devices for different circumstances. If you have an older television you should get the Roku 1. If you want to get the least expensive streaming device the Roku Express is the one for you. For wall mounted TVs the Roku Streaming Stick is a better option. If you have televisions with HDMI ports either Roku 2 or 3 will be your choice. If you have a 4K Ultra HD then maybe the Roku 4 streaming device will be right for you.
Let me know what your experience is with the Roku by leaving a comment below or Email me. Which one do you think you will use?