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Roku 2 XS
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Roku 2 XS

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Roku 2 XS Review

11 April 2012
  • 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.
  • Pros: Brain-dead simple to set up, Broad range of apps and services, First Roku streamer to support games
  • Cons: No DLNA support, so you can't stream content you own over your network, Supports a very limited collection of audio and video file formats and codecs, Can't mount disc images
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Roku 2 XS Review

Chip Chick
27 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 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
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Overall 6

Roku 2 XS

PC Magazine
21 December 2011
  • 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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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.
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EH Buyer’s Scorecard: Roku 2 XS Streaming Player

Electronic House
20 October 2011
  • Excerpt: A closer look at this streaming set-top box, from in-house and around the web.
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Overall 7

Review: 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.
  • 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.
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Overall 8

Roku 2 XS

What Hi-Fi?
25 May 2012
  • Conclusion: Want a family-friendly streamer with oodles of slightly gonzo content? This is it
  • Pros: Easy to set up and use, motion-sensitive gaming remote, plenty of free content
  • Cons: Local file support could be more straightforward, not much mainstream content
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Overall 5
Value for money 3
Features 5

Roku 2 XS

PC Pro
8 March 2012
  • Conclusion: A mixed bag of a product that works well in some ways, poorly in others and is just a little too expensive
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