Excerpt: Vastly improved picture quality • More responsive, motion-sensitive, Bluetooth remote • Tiny footprint • Wide variety of content providersRoku has released its newest generation of media streamers, including the top-of-the-line Roku 2 XS player.
Excerpt: Lately there has been much less reliance on watching television via a cable or satellite provider; and why wouldn’t there be? There is an abundance of free and ...
Pros: Quick Setup, Easy to Use, 1080P Capable, Bluetooth Remote Has Perfect Communication, Amazon Instant Video, Free Shipping, 3rd Party Apps Offer Unlimited Expandability, Built-In USB, Ethernet, WiFi and Micro-SD, Price
Cons: Credit Card Required to Use, Can’t Stream Content from Local network, HDMI and Ethernet Cord Not Included, Apps Can’t Run in Background, Roku Banner Ad Runs Constantly on Home Screen, Boring Interface
Conclusion: The Roku 2 XS is a fabulous media streamer — for casual users, at least. It’s extremely easy to set up and use, and it delivers most of the popular services, including Netflix, Pandora, and Facebook.
Excerpt: From its humble beginnings as the Netflix box to its current status as one of the pre-eminent media streamers, Roku has come a long way in just two years. And while the new Roku 2 XS doesn’t really move things forward much, it does just enough to retain that title.
Pros: Netflix channel now has 1080p streaming, 5.1 surround and subtitles — if your bandwidth supports it. Big, beautiful HD content on some channels like Vimeo.
Cons: Lengthy setup time. Forget about playing your MKV and other high-bitrate files, unless you convert. RF Bluetooth motion controller feature is limited to playing games, provides no navigation or UI functionality.
Conclusion: The Roku 2 XS puts a ton of online content, including Angry Birds, at your fingertips and on your television affordably, but it doesn't seem as useful as it did years ago, before many Blu-ray players and HDTVs offered the same services and more.
Pros: Multiple streaming media services. Easy to set up and use. Angry Birds plays great.
Cons: HDTVs, game consoles, and Blu-ray players offer Netflix, eliminating the need for a separate, single-purpose set-top box. Few local media sharing features. Adding channels requires a credit card.