Roku Streaming Stick

75
Global
Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
75

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Engadget Summary

The Roku Streaming Stick is designed to make it easier than ever to add streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video to your HDTV, but it doesn't work with all TVs. As PC Mag points out, "its finicky requirements keep it from being useful to all but a handful of users." All Things D, which generally found the Streaming Stick to be a "tiny, convenient device," also called it a "niche product." If you have a compatible TV (one with an MHL-compatible HDMI port), it could be worth considering -- or you can pick up the gdgt Must-have Roku 2 XS, and use it with almost any currently available HDTV.

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Model

Key Specs

Type
Audio / video player
Video services
Netflix, Amazon, Other
Audio services
Pandora
Video outputs
HDMI
WiFi
yes
Ethernet
None

General

Type
Audio / video player

Supported media

Video playback
yes

Services

Video services
Netflix, Amazon, Other
Audio services
Pandora
Photo services
Flickr

Storage

Internal storage
no
USB
None
Memory card reader
no

Speakers

Speakers
None

Remote

Remote (included)
yes (AA batteries)
IR blaster
no
Serial control
no

Power

Power adapter
Internal

Other features

Upgradeable firmware
yes
Front text display
no

Outputs

Video outputs
HDMI (1 outputs)

Inputs

Video input support
no
Audio input support
no

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Ethernet
None

Compatibility

Requires desktop software
no
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