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conclusion:We like it

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Roku's newest Stick ditches the MHL requirement of the original, making the switch to HDMI while also lowering the price. Though Roku devices tend to be small, the Stick manages to be even smaller with what TechHive calls a "convenient" dongle form factor. However, users will still be greeted by the same familiar user interface, one that CNET says is "best-in class" and Gizmodo calls "simple." With this interface you still have access to Roku's massive library of channels -- a line up the Chromecast can't boast and is still working to catch up to. The streaming quality is also good, and Wired says it "never presented any major issues," and the Stick's dual-band WiFi was "entirely adequate." The one downside of the newest Stick is that it might be a little pokey compared to current Roku models, with CNET experiencing "slow bootup times" on a few channels. The Chromecast still wins the crown for cheapest media streamer, but for an extra $15 you can snag yourself a Roku Streaming Stick and get better video offerings along with an included remote.

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Critic reviews

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9.0
Gizmodo Mar 28, 2014

This stick is a great buy; the only real downside is that it's going to make doing anything other than watching TV an insanely difficult task.

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9.0
PC Mag Apr 1, 2014

The HDMI version of Roku's Streaming Stick puts almost all of the best features of the excellent Roku 2 into a tiny gadget you can hide on the back of your HDTV.

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8.0
CNET Mar 28, 2014

Roku's Streaming Stick offers tons of apps, a real remote, and a compact design for just $50, but the slow bootup times of some key apps keep it from being the ultimate streamer.

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7.0
Wired Apr 14, 2014

If you’re going to buy just one device, I would still recommend the Roku 3. It has the best hardware features, and it has the private audio option. But if you have an Apple TV and you just want some additional programming choices ... the Streaming Stick makes a great entry-level choice.

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9.0
Audioholics Jun 18, 2014

For me, the Roku streaming stick is a no-brainer for anyone looking to step up to a more expensive TV model for the “smart” features.

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8.0
TechHive Apr 4, 2014

The $50 Roku Streaming Stick aims for the sweet spot between Roku’s line of set-top boxes ... And it mostly nails the best parts of each, with the familiar, user-friendly Roku experience in a small Wi-Fi-enabled stick that you can hide behind your TV.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint May 22, 2014

If you are looking to enhance your living room, or as we more likely suspect "smarten" a second TV in the house, then the Roku Streaming Stick does a good job.

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8.0
TechRadar Apr 4, 2014

This app-streaming stick isn't cheaper than a Chromecast, but it comes with a whole lot more apps and a remote. It's also a fraction of the size of a Roku 3.

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CNET Mar 4, 2014

The onscreen interface allows for a more traditional TV browsing experience ... from my initial impressions, the new Streaming Stick has a decent shot at dethroning our current streaming box Editors' Choice, the Roku 3.

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Pocket-Lint Mar 5, 2014

Essentially, the Streaming Stick acts as the set-top box you've come to know: you do all the navigating and content playing through the device itself. On the other hand, the Chromecast plays content you've triggered from your everyday devices.

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TechRadar Mar 9, 2014

The Roku Streaming Stick looks like the complete package, crammed into an unassuming little stick. With its unified search and simple interface, it's everything a seasoned Roku fan looking to upgrade should expect.

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