Amazon has released Fire TV, and Apple users have started enjoying the newly-released Apple TV as well. But where others only see this as a stiff competition between just the two tech giants, it seems that the Roku 4 has its own set of merits that could give it an edge over the other two as well.
Let’s see if the Roku 4 can actually jump into the ring and make this a three-way battle for the best streaming player around.
Easy Content Search across 2,500+ Channels
A huge advantage compared to the other two, the Roku 4 has the widest possible range of channels, movies and shows simply because it is not as restricted as the Fire TV or the Apple TV. Imagine having over 300,000 movies and TV show episodes to choose from. That’s more than enough content to keep you busy for hours everyday!
What’s even better is its ability to show you the top streaming channels in terms of price and content. You can even use your Roku feed to start following your favorite actors, directors, TV shows and movies, and you can be notified in case new content is available or when the price drops on certain content that you might be interested in.
4K Ultra HD
Yup, that’s one point for the Roku 4 and the Fire TV, and 0 points for the Apple TV. Roku 4, just like the Fire TV, supports 4K Ultra HD content. This means that whatever the maximum resolution is on your TV, the Roku 4 will definitely make the most out of it.
It also has advanced upscaling, allowing the system to adapt to the best video quality that your TV can provide. This works regardless of whether you have a 4K Ultra HD TV, or a regular HD TV in front of you.
Features and Specifications
Is the Roku 4 a worthy investment? Here are a few features:
- Biggest selection of content from over 2500 streaming channels
- Amazing picture quality perfect for 4K Ultra HD TVs
- Advanced upscaling that streams 720p and 1080p HD streams to 4K Ultra HD when using 4K TVs
- Search content through voice command
- Follow your favorite kind of entertainment through the Roku feed
- Get automatic updates in case of new releases and price drops under your favorite categories
- Lost remote finder
- Headphone jack on the remote, allowing you to continue watching without disturbing anybody else
Customer Reviews and Scores
The Roku 4 received an average of 3.3 out of 5 stars out of 219 reviews. Seeing that this is definitely a better version of its older versions, what could have made people rate it lower than the others?
One complaint that people have about the Roku 4 is the sound of the fan, which becomes even more audible if you have hard surfaces all around it with nothing to absorb the sound. This means that you would have to place it in a room where it can be positioned farther away from you so that you won’t notice the noise too much.
Of course, the moment you start watching your movies, the whirring sound that the fan emits becomes a non-issue. After all, would you rather get a device that’s more expensive and does not stream in 4K just because it’s quieter? I definitely do not think so.