Excerpt: Roku is the biggest player in TV media streaming. Boasting over 2,000 "channels," or apps, the Roku 3 offered the most expansive selection of content out of all the devices we tested. Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO GO, WatchESPN, Pandora, Spotify, YouTube, you name it — it's there.
Pros: Easy to set up and use, Easy to use the remote, Apps and games load quickly, Has the most expansive variety of apps out of all the products we tested, Low power usage
Conclusion: There are a lot of media streamers on the market. Without a doubt, every one of them has perks and provides a little something that your system didn't previously have. That said, it's hard to beat the options that are being offered under the tiny chassis of the Roku 3.
Pros: Endless entertainment for under $100, Supports 1080p, 7.1 and 5.1 sound for all (where available), Hundreds of programming choices, Integrated headphone jack on the remote
Cons: Plastic or a Paypal account is required for setup, No 3D support, No PC-based streaming, Device is always on
Excerpt: There are two things you should know about me right up front. One is the list of shows I'm currently watching: at this moment I'm at various points in The West Wing, Homeland, House of Cards, Scandal, Alias, Mad Men, Community, The Office, Parks and Recreation, How I Met Your Mother, Workaholics,...
Pros: Fast, smooth performance, Excellent interface, Huge amount of content available
Cons: YouTube is a big hole, Can't match AirPlay's functionality, Weak local file support
Conclusion: The Roku 3 is a decent TV set-top box that will offer plenty to most people looking to "cut the cable" as Americans would say. While there are some annoyances with the interface layout and a lot of dross in the app store - do you really want to pay £1.49 for a puppy screensaver?
Pros: Small, easy to setup, lots of services supported, microSD and USB support, headphone jack on remote for quiet listening, 1080p support
Cons: Lots of dross apps in app store, can't buy movies or shows, no 4oD or ITV player, nine tile limit in interface & not best use of interface space