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86 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

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 4 is exactly what we'd expect from Roku: asolid media box that plays well with multiple video services. But its only real benefit over the recentRoku 3 is 4K support.

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Pros
  • Fast and easy to use
  • Solid selection of 4K content
  • Wide variety of apps
Cons
  • Software is beginning to feel dated
  • Doesn't support HDR, making it obsolete by next year
86 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

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).

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Score Breakdown

 
86
Average Critic Score
 
80
CNET
The Roku 4 is the best way to get the most 4K video today, but isn't worth the extra money for most buyers.
 
90
Digital Trends
Simply put: The Roku 4 is the best 4K Ultra HD streaming set-top box on the market today.
 
90
Gizmodo
The Roku 4 is just great if you’re buying your first streaming box. But maybe not worth a $130 if you’re a Roku 3 user.
 
90
Consumer Reports
Consider the Roku 4 if your current UHD TV doesn't support some of the 4K streaming services offered on that device, or if you think you'll be buying a 4K set in the future ... So far, this speedy, easy-to-use, and content-rich device is our top choice for a 4K-enabled streaming player.
 
80
PC Mag
The Roku 4 adds 4K video streaming support and some useful interface tweaks for the company's most powerful media streamer yet. But the price is a bit higher than we're used to seeing from Roku.
 
90
The Verge
This is not a must-upgrade-now kind of gadget. That said, Roku as a whole is still the best-in-class streaming video box, due mostly to its volumes of programming, content-agnostic approach and ease-of-use.
 
90
TechRadar
If you own a 4K TV, this is hands down the best video streaming system money can buy, offering more options than any one competitor. If you don't need Ultra-HD and still want some of the same amazing OS, consider stepping down to a Roku 2 or 3.
 
80
Fortune
The Roku 4 is an excellent streaming device. It’s just not a big enough improvement to compel you to buy an upgrade from the Roku 3.
 
80
Tom's Guide
The Roku 4 streams in full 4K at up to 60 frames per second and has more than 2,500 channels, but it's familiar and a bit pricey.
 
90
Engadget
The Roku 4 is exactly what we'd expect from Roku: a solid media box that plays well with multiple video services. But its only real benefit over the recent Roku 3 is 4K support.