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Roku 2 XS

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Overall 8
Value for money 8
Features 8
Build quality 8

Roku 2 XS

1 September 2013
  • Conclusion: Whilst Roku is a fairly new name to the UK streaming player market, it is well entrenched in the USA and is actually more popular than the Apple TV – to which it is undeniably very similar – and we can see why. The little black box comes with a Bluetooth remote that can be used as a motion controller – Wii Stylee – for a number of games, including the pre-installed Angry Birds ‘Channel’. By the way, what most would call an App, Roku terms a channel.
  • Pros: Incredibly simple to use, Loads of great channels, Good connectivity for something so small, Mobile app is brilliant, Possibilities are near limitless with channels such as Plex and Twonky Beam, Open(ish) platform
  • Cons: No 50Hz support for HD signals, DNS settings are locked, No Infra-Red on remote
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Roku 2 XS Review

11 April 2012
  • Pros: Brain-dead simple to set up, Broad range of apps and services, First Roku streamer to support games
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Overall 6

Roku 2 XS

PC Magazine
7 March 2012
  • 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.
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Roku 2 XS Review

Chip Chick
24 February 2012
  • 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...
  • 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
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Overall 9
Value for money 10
Features 6
Performance 9
Ergonomics 10

Roku 2 XS Media Streamer

Sound & Vision Magazine
16 December 2011
  • Excerpt: Roku has released its newest generation of media streamers, including the top-of-the-line Roku 2 XS player. Perhaps you haven't given Roku much thought as a serious addition to your home theater. Its earlier models gave more attention to the quantity of media-streaming partners than to the quality of the pictures they were streaming. The Roku 2 XS may change your mind as it changed mine.
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EH Buyer’s Scorecard: Roku 2 XS Streaming Player

Electronic House
31 October 2011
  • Excerpt: A closer look at this streaming set-top box, from in-house and around the web.
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Expert Review

L.A. Audio File
6 October 2011

Roku 2 XS review

2 September 2011
  • Summary: I highly recommend paying extra for the XS and setting up a wired home network (perhaps using existing powerline or cable TV wiring) to ensure smooth streaming. Consider the lower-end models only if you've been happy with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi streaming in the past and have no interest in loading your own media onto a USB flash drive for playback on your set.
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Overall 8

Roku 2 XS: Popular Web Streamer Adds Ability to Play Games

PC World
30 August 2011
  • Excerpt: The latest version of the popular Roku media streamer adds Bluetooth support and a microSD card slot, allowing you to use the Roku2 for downloadable...
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Overall 7

Roku 2 XS

15 August 2011
  • 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. If you’re keeping track, the XS usurps the XDS as the new king of the new series, with the XD and HD following in its path.
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