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89 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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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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
89 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

89
 

User Reviews

20
jimhill
After about 4 or 5 months it DIED and I then e-mailed Tech Support for some...read more
90
dngpsu
I was given a first-gen Roku box as a gift. After almost 8 years of service,...read more
100
ktchergu
Great device. Simple and clean interface. Lots of great channel choices and...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
83
Average Critic Score
 
80
AllThingsD
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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CNET
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.
 
80
Time
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.
 
80
Mashable
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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Laptop Magazine
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.
 
90
CNET
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.
 
80
PC Mag
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.
 
90
TechHive
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.
 
90
The Gadgeteer
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.