Roku 3

89
Engadget
Score
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Roku 3 review: our favorite media streamer, and the simplest to use, too

Summary

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.

from $99.99+
Pros
  • New UI is a welcome improvement
  • Upgraded CPU eliminates performance issues
  • Simple, capable and relatively cheap
Cons
  • Still no official YouTube or DLNA support
  • No analog AV output
Roku 3 review: our favorite media streamer, and the simplest to use, too

Roku's media streamers have carved out a notable niche for themselves, with what started out as a Netflix box, but quickly grew to include hundreds of other entertainment options. Whatever they've lacked in style, they've always made up for with an easy-to-navigate menu and remote, not to mention low prices. In fact, they've become our default recommendation in the media streamer category, and now the company is back with its third iteration. Its approach hasn't changed: the Roku 3 is still a simple $99 box that brings internet content including video, some simple apps and even games to your TV. But this one is touted as the most powerful Roku ever, and the team behind it has even dared to tweak that boring, but simple menu system. There have always been some rough edges that needed polishing, along with holes in its offerings -- join us to see if it's good enough to be the best.

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Scores

Engadget

89
 

Breakdown

Video quality
9.1
Audio quality
8.0
Media support
7.9
Design and form factor
8.1
Ease of use
8.6
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Specs

3

Type
Audio / video player
Video services
Netflix, Amazon, Other
Audio services
Napster, Pandora, Rdio, Rhapsody, Spotify, Other
Video outputs
HDMI
Audio outputs
via HDMI
WiFi
yes
Ethernet
10/100 [Fast Ethernet]
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Specs

3

Type
Audio / video player
Video services
Netflix, Amazon, Other
Audio services
Napster, Pandora, Rdio, Rhapsody, Spotify, Other
Video outputs
HDMI
Audio outputs
via HDMI
WiFi
yes
Ethernet
10/100 [Fast Ethernet]
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Video

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Engadget

86
 

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8.6
 

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Not yet scored
 
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