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Roku XDS

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Roku XDS Media Player Review

Audio Video Revolution
5 August 2011
  • Excerpt: We have reviewed a vast amount of media players over the last year and a half, but nothing more dependent on streaming access than the Roku XDS.  Over the years, Roku has consistently positioned itself as a leader in building inexpensive media players that have lead many consumers down the path of ending dependence on expensive cable or satellite television service.
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Overall 5

Roku XDS

PC Magazine
15 June 2011
  • Conclusion: Roku has done little to improve this TV companion box since its introduction in 2008—at $100, it has stiff competition.
  • Pros: Simple set-up. Intuitive user interface. Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus, and other movie services brought straight to your TV. Multiple outputs, including HDMI, to fit your home-theater set up.
  • Cons: Video quality is often subpar. Must pay for each app through the specific vendor—no way to register a single payment account with Roku. Free apps aren't great and the overall selection is limited.
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Overall 7
Value for money 8
Features 7
Performance 7

Roku XDS Review

3 December 2010
  • Excerpt: I must confess that I observed the recent shuttering of my local Blockbuster with a great deal of interest. It was worse than rubbernecking on the Garden State Parkway after a really horrendous accident because I actually pillaged through the remains. The "Going Out of Business" sign went up long before Blockbuster declared bankruptcy, but you sorta knew what was coming.
  • Pros: High-end media streamer for under $100, 1080p HD video playback capability, Netflix, Amazon VOD, Hulu Plus and many other great apps, Excellent streaming quality using the dual-band wireless-N antenna, Remote does everything it needs to and nothing more, Easy to use
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Roku XDS Reviewed

15 October 2010
  • Conclusion: Inexpensive app-based media player with Netflix support
  • Pros: 1080p support, Silent, Wide variety of apps for audio, video and photo playback, Connects to dual-band 802.11n or Ethernet network, Intelligent stream buffering for trouble-free playback
  • Cons: Plays only MP4 and M4V video, Does not play from DLNA servers or network shares, Adding channels is a real chore, Not much use without an Internet connection
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Overall 8

Roku XDS review

Pocket Lint
22 April 2011
  • Conclusion: Overall, the Roku rocked our world. Set-up was simple and navigating through the interface was a breeze.With the advent of similar products at similar price points like Apple TV and LG’s Smart TV Upgrader, Roku really needs to make next-gen upgrades like DLNA compatibility features as soon as they can. That and perfecting 1080p local playback should be top items on Roku’s to-do list.
  • Pros: Easy set-up, offers a range of services, good quality online streaming, affordable
  • Cons: Local video playback was a little lacking, DLNA
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