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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

 
87
Average user Score
 
20
jimhill
01.20.15
After about 4 or 5 months it DIED and I then e-mailed Tech Support for some help. They have not had the courtesy to respond and that was five days ago. It comes with only a 90 day warranty so if you ask me - try another brand with at least a 1 year warranty. Don't buy a Roku.
 
90
dngpsu
11.11.14
I was given a first-gen Roku box as a gift. After almost 8 years of service, it was time for an upgrade. Due to ISP throttling, Netflix video playback would freeze, and often rebuffering would fail. The old model did not support on-the-fly adjustment of bitrate. I very much like the menu system and channel layout. It is a completely straightforward way to get around the system. One drawback is that if you install a large number of channels, scrolling through multiple pages can slow down the experience. This could be somewhat eliminated by having less space dedicated to ads, but I wouldn't expect that to happen. Another option would be to be able to group channels into sets, with those sets then being given individual menu pages or tabs.The device is snappy. I don't believe I have encountered any lag when using the device. It would be understandable to experience some slowing down if you jump around multiple channels, but I haven't noticed it. I have jumped from Netflix to Amazon Prime Video to Pandora to Plex, and getting back to the home screen and back into a channel works quickly every time. I do notice that some channels take slightly longer than others to load. For example, the new Google Play videos channel doesn't seem to load as quickly as Netflix or Amazon. The nature of this device makes determining the cause of that issue somewhat difficult. Is there something the Roku 3 device doesn't do that gives issues? Or, is it an issue with Google providing support for the channel? Is the Google Play service trying to do something that requires more local memory?
 
100
ktchergu
10.03.14
Great device. Simple and clean interface. Lots of great channel choices and great quality.
 
80
kylecharest
07.23.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
90
kingnerd
04.09.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
manueld
04.03.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
Whistletutor
03.24.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
tomryba
02.25.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
80
Marcelo
11.23.13
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
80
trevortrevor
11.22.13
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget