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So You Want to Buy a Roku - Which Roku Should You Buy?

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So You Want to Buy a Roku - Which Roku Should You Buy?
« on: January 07, 2016, 06:51:28 PM »
With so many models to choose from, this can often be an intimidating decision for new Roku buyers.



From the least costly to the most costly here is the list of three Roku models you should seriously consider if you need to buy a new Roku.

2015 Roku 2 (4210R) - If you don't own or plan on getting a 4K TV anytime soon. This is the best Roku deal going right now. When the 2015 Roku 2 and Roku 3 came out, they both pretty much feature the same CPU specs under the hood. Performance wise you will not notice much difference between the Roku 2 and the Roku 3 at all. Click here to learn more about the Roku 2.

2015 Roku 3 (4230R) - If you want the gaming remote to play games, or want to use voice search from the remote you will need to spend a little more money for the Roku 3. Click here to learn more about the Roku 3.

2015 Roku 4 (4400R) - This is currently the flagship of the Roku lineup. It has the fastest processor, comes with the same gaming remote that also has voice search, plus it has remote locator which can help find your remote if it get's stuffed between the sofa cushions. The Roku 4 is fully 4K capable so if you own or plan on owning a a 4K UHD TV, this is the Roku to get. Click here to learn more about the Roku 4.

What about the Roku 1, 2 and Streaming Stick?

While they have their usefulness and some people really like them. They just don't offer the same level of performance you would get for a little more money with a Roku 2.


« Last Edit: January 07, 2016, 06:53:25 PM by Admin »
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Re: So You Want to Buy a Roku - Which Roku Should You Buy? Roku 4, H.265
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2016, 05:16:06 AM »
With so many models to choose from, this can often be an intimidating decision for new Roku buyers.

2015 Roku 4 (4400R) - This is currently the flagship of the Roku lineup. It has the fastest processor, comes with the same gaming remote that also has voice search, plus it has remote locator which can help find your remote if it get's stuffed between the sofa cushions. The Roku 4 is fully 4K capable so if you own or plan on owning a a 4K UHD TV, this is the Roku to get.


Hello, to add to your conversation on why a Roku 4 is a device is worth having, I have a lot of H.265 1080p movies and TV shows.

I have 5 older laptops in my house that will not play these movies, including 2 laptops from 2011-12 using AMD E-350 and E-450 APUs. I recently purchased my first Roku. Previously, I used a WD TV Live. I was hesitant to purchase the Roku because of the negative Amazon reviews about noise. I hear NONE! (I would like an off button, though.)

The Roku 4 plays my H.265 1080p movies perfectly using Plex! It saved me the cost of a new PC. I recently \'cut the cord\' with Charter. I was very surprised at all the Roku could do for me. I even got the (AFC) NFL playoffs for free on CBS Sports. I see people writing about 4K, but not really mentioning H.265 1080p.

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Re: So You Want to Buy a Roku - Which Roku Should You Buy?
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2016, 04:38:27 PM »
Kevin, you really brought up an interesting observation. Most people who likely by the Roku 4 do so for it's 4K streaming ability. I remember reading something early on that it made 1080p look better as well.

I know the sound quality of the movies and shows we watch has improved over past models we owned previously. Ours has been pretty bullet proof and has not yet required a single reset due to a lockup. Knock on wood. 😀
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