Summary: Got this to replace my old roku, original. This thing is ok but can't maintain a connection like the old one and occasionally just crashes. Maybe one movie out of 3 it just reboots about 1/2 the way through. The wireless performance was sketchy at 60ft through 2 household walls.
I would not buy another Roku device based on support dropping Roku 2
8 May 2014
Summary: First off I live in Canada - more on that below. But to the point - other than cable/satellite offerings, AppleTV is the only other major player that you can rent movies from ... without trying to pretend you are in the US. Secondly, this review does not deal with "picture quality".
Pros: Supports SD/HDTV; Better remote than XS; Wired NIC
Cons: Flawed WIFI; Cannot adjust DNS; Never will support Netflix Profiles
Summary: Long and short- spring the extra $20 to get the Roku 3. The Roku 2 XS was a good option before they released the 3, but the Roku 3 has an actual dual-band wireless chipset inside, and streams high quality content much more reliably than the 2 XS.
Glad I got the refurb, but wish Roku would update their antiquated Netflix GUI. ! The XS is best for overseas buyers.
D. Fichtner, Amazon
17 August 2013
Summary: I'm really happy that I bought this over a more expensive Roku model, but am now disappointed I didn't go with the Apple TV -- this is all because Roku is falling behind in terms of the Netflix menu. The Netflix sub-menu on Roku is just terrible.
Summary: Overall I give this unit a neutral rating. The items UI is somewhat quick, but the graphics are crappy and elementary. Also, doesnt hold the saved wifi connection, so every time you disconnect, you need to search for the wifi again.
Excerpt: The Roku 2XS fails to connect to the Internet in our living room where the HDTV resides. It connects in the basement where the router is located. It also connects in an upstairs bedroom. Laptop connects near the HDTV. So, the conclusion is the Roku requires a stronger WiFi signal than other devices.
Summary: While the uniit works fine and the software had been reset to new, the outside casing of the roku and remote had some fine scratches on them. not a biggie, but wanted to be sure and mention it because usually when I buy a refurb, the outside of the product is brand new.