Summary: I just got this as a gift for my birthday. And initially I did not notice any issues. But... 1. Who builds something without a power button? The only way to power down the device is to unplug the power cable, which can be a hassle if you have multiple devices connected in your entertainment center. Every other electronic device I own has a power button and can be turned off remotely when not in use, without even touching the device. This was the first issue I noticed. 2.
Summary: I purchased the XR Roku box from Amazon because I have a wireless N home WIFI system, which is secured and password protected. I had trouble getting the initial "handshake" with Netflix. It took me several hours over a couple of days to get the Netflix service to where it would run on the Roku box. When I try to watch Netflix, the Roku lets me go into Netflix and select my movie, but then does a re-boot. It goes through the whole sign-on procedure.
Summary: While this works great with Netflix and other video sources all I know is I bought it to watch MLB and they tell me check back in mid April for Major League Baseball access. WTF? You advertise MLB and then when I get the machine tell me to check back in mid April? This seems to be a scam to get people to buy the machine. I don't know if it will ever work for MLB. Baseball season started Sunday.
Very basic netflix box, not much bang for the buck
11 March 2010
Summary: I purchased this box to relieve the wear and tear on my PS3 from people in the house watching netflix all day. I opted for the wifi N box for future connectivity, and when it arrived things were great. It updated a new version of the firmware and restarted. Set up was quick and easy, and it connected to the network without a problem. When I went into netflix though, it only had access to my instant queue.
Summary: Good player for Netflix and Pandora but the other channels aren't worth much. Possibly down the road but for now really not worth much at all. Now for the ratings. Picture: Good on HD.. I'd give it a 720 pic on most but really the HD just brings it up to a good standard def pic but in "true" format. The standard def picture on some movies is better than PC quality but most are just that. Wireless: Good when 20ft away but I cannot connect to my bedroom that is 30ft away.
Summary: The Roku is a good unit, the services are being expanded. I am currently using it wireless with an N router, the connection speed is adequate most of the time. It does lose setup connection once in a while but all you have to do is go through the setup routine that is still stored in memory. The painful thing is having to go to the website with a computer and join the service (most are free), it would be nice if you could do that at the unit.