Price (RRP) £79.99
The Roku 3 box offers a large catalogue of streaming apps and services, with 2,000 channels and over 100,000 films and TV episodes. The streaming player comes with access to programmes from BBC iPlayer, Demand 5, All4, ITV Player, NOW TV and others.
Roku claims their range topping Roku 3 is lightning fast and fully loaded. It features a ‘Fast HD optimised processor’ not found on the simpler Streaming Stick.
A point-anywhere remote, operating via radio, rules out having to use an awkward and archaic line-of-sight functionality. The main difference between the Roku 2 and 3 is in its added motion control for games in the latter, and a remote with headphone jack capability.
The video output is maxed at 1080p, with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound taking care of audio, identical to the Roku 2 and Stick.
Storage expansion is a convenient feature, permitting users to store more channel and game data by way of a microSD card slot. The box itself has an ethernet port and a USB port for personal media playability. Video formats catered for include MP4 and MKV. Users can also view images on the Roku 3.
Top of the range streaming player
In-ear headphones are supplied with the box, as well as the remote, batteries, a quick start guide and the player itself. A power adapter is also included.
All users need to use the Roku 3 is a broadband internet connection, a wired or wireless router or modem router, and an HDTV with an HDMI cable. Like Apple TV, the Roku 3 player does not come with a HDMI cable in the box, so this needs to be purchased separately.
For the jump in price compared to the Roku 2 and Stick, the benefits aren’t that overwhelming. The main advantage in owning the Roku 3, however, is the private listening feature which should keep house-mates and family members happy.
Users might consider opting for the Roku 2 over the Roku 3 box. For those who want the best Roku has to offer this player is a sleek, all-round media device that offers great quality programming and gaming options, with high definition picture quality and fast, reliable streaming capability.