February 8th 2013 9:24 am

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Our favorite media streamer, and the simplest to use, too

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The Roku 3 keeps everything that's made the brand successful and ushers in some welcome improvements, all without boosting the price or ruining the simple setup.

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Critic reviews

8.3
17 reviews
  • Media support
    7.9
  • Video quality
    9.2
  • Audio quality
    8.0
  • Ease of use
    8.6
  • Design and form factor
    8.0

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8.8
27 reviews
8.0
Engadget Apr 3, 2013

Just like the Roku players before it, the Roku 3 is the easiest-to-recommend media streamer on the market. An appealing package of services, accessibility and price has gotten even better with this round of updates, and we expect it to keep improving over the coming months.

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9.0
CNET Mar 11, 2013

The Roku 3 is the best streaming-video box yet, with tons of content sources, lightning-fast performance and an innovative remote with built-in headphone jack.

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9.0
Gizmodo Mar 22, 2013

It's the best Roku of all time, it's only a hundred bucks, carries nearly every conceivable form of streaming media (except YouTube, blerg!), and is tiny and cute. It'll probably make you gain a little weight and perhaps die a little earlier due to inactivity.

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9.0
Wired Apr 17, 2013

It’s got a powerful enough processor to play everything smoothly, and it has more media apps than you’ll probably ever use. It’s also great to see a company opening up its set-top box to developers like Roku has done, because it has clearly resulted in a better experience. Your move, Apple.

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8.0
AllThingsD Mar 5, 2013

If you want to get into the world of streaming video on your TV, with minimal cost and hassle, the Roku 3 is a good choice.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Mar 8, 2013

With its enhanced interface, vast content selection and private listening feature, the Roku 3 is a very compelling media-streaming device.

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8.0
PC Mag Mar 15, 2013

The newer, faster Roku 3 adds an interface overhaul along with a nifty remote-mounted headphone jack for private listening. It's the best Roku box yet.

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9.0
TechHive Mar 14, 2013

The Roku 3 is a worthy successor to the 2 XS, with faster Wi-Fi, a headphone jack on the remote, and other hardware tweaks. Plus, it ushers in a much-improved user interface.

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9.0
Consumer Reports Mar 20, 2013

The box is fast, the new graphical interface is appealing, and the innovative headphone option on the remote is a standout feature. All these things make the Roku 3 one of the most versatile media streamers you can buy.

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8.0
Mashable Mar 5, 2013

Roku is out with a new addition to its line of streaming media players. The box itself has a familiar look, but users will immediately notice the user interface is completely redone.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Nov 1, 2013

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 ... the main catch-up TV services are here.

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10
Boing Boing Apr 25, 2013

It has been over a month. The only downside to this transition has been the hundreds of calls from DirecTV failing to woo me back with expensive offers.

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6.0
T3 Dec 4, 2013

Offering lightning fast navigation and expandable storage capacity, the Roku 3 is a terrific streaming TV gizmo. It may lack YouTube, but there's big-hitting content from the likes of Netflix and iPlayer and a few decent games.

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9.0
The Gadgeteer Mar 14, 2013

I’m very happy with the Roku 3. It’s so nice to have access to my cable programming in my bedroom now, without the expense of having a new cable outlet installed and paying rental fees for another cable box. The video is sharp and the sound is clear.

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7.0
Let's Talk Tech Feb 4, 2014

If you’re looking for a selection of premium channels and can overlook the file compatibility issues; then the Roku 3 is going to be a great way to upgrade your TV experience at home.

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First Looks

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CNET Mar 5, 2013

The new streaming-video box clearly has its sights set on the Apple TV ($99), addressing many of Roku's earlier shortcomings with an overhauled user interface, refreshed design, and faster processor, while maintaining its unmatched content selection of more than 700 channels.

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Laptop Magazine Mar 5, 2013

The Roku 3′s only new hardware feature is the 3.5mm audio jack you’ll find on the side of its remote. Simply plug in a pair of headphones (Roku includes one) and the audio that your TV was emitting will begin playing through the headphones seamlessly.

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Time Mar 5, 2013

What’s most significant about the new Roku, though, is its new interface — and one of the most significant things about it is that it doesn’t set out to be an interesting new interface. For everything that’s new ... it still looks like the overarching goal is to fade into the background.

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9.0
revotto revotto

The Roku 3 is everything a device update should be. It carries the torch for the Roku line and expands upon it with a slick new interface that eschews flashy gimmicks for a clean flow. The new hardware under the hood is very apparent to users of earlier models; it's simply the fastest box yet....

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10
fella812 fella812

I compared the Roku 3 with the Apple TV 3rd edition, which I had used and enjoyed for over a year. The features and design of the Roku easily outshine the Apple TV in almost every respect. There's just so much more to watch and listen to on the Roku. I though that giving up airplay would be a...

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9.0
mpeay mpeay

The new UI is an improvement but still doesn't work great when you have many channels set up. Currently having issues with the provided remove not staying linked (possibly defective). Fortunately, my old Roku remote works automatically as does the iOS app.

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10
steveboland steveboland

The best solution to streaming highly quality video over the internet. Period. Cross platform, fast, app support for remote controls if you want... It's all here.

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7.0
Parzival Parzival

The user interface and performance are top notch, everything else is middle of the pack... at best. The variety is great but 80% of channels are rubbish no one cares about, more in this case is not better.

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