Roku Streaming Stick (2016)

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Roku's $50 Streaming Stick makes 1080p set-top boxes obsolete

Summary

Roku's latest Streaming Stick is everything you'd ever want from a streaming device. It's fast, has a rich library of content and it's easy to move around the house. The only problem is that there's no 4K support.

from $49+
Pros
  • Fast performance thanks to a quad-coreCPU
  • Portable and easy to set up
  • Mobile app packs in a lot of useful features
  • Tons of streaming options
Cons
  • No 4K support
  • No headphone jack in the included remote
Roku's $50 Streaming Stick makes 1080p set-top boxes obsolete

Roku has seemingly done the impossible with its latest Streaming Stick. It's smaller than the previous 2014-era version, it packs in a faster quad-core CPU and it's still just $50. The speed improvements, in particular, are a welcome change because the last Streaming Stick sometimes stalled when doing simple things like browsing menus. With performance like this, the only reason you'd choose a clunky set-top box over the Streaming Stick is if you needed 4K support (it's stuck at 1080p for now).

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Scores

Engadget

91
 

Breakdown

Audio quality
8.0
Media support
8.7
Video quality
8.0
Design and form factor
8.6
Ease of use
8.4
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Specs

Streaming Stick

Type
Audio / video player
Video outputs
HDMI
WiFi
yes
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Specs

Streaming Stick

Type
Audio / video player
Video outputs
HDMI
WiFi
yes
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