My Review of Roku 2 XS Streaming Player

Originally submitted at Roku

Adds an enhanced remote for playing games, plus extra connectivity options.

Better than most Settop boxes

By AJ Nemasis from Sierra Vista, AZ on 4/22/2012
5out of 5

Pros: Reliability, Easy to use, High quality picture, Compact, Great value

Cons: Difficult to set up

Best Uses: Bedroom, Living room, Secondary TV, Primary TV

Describe Yourself: Power User, Home entertainment enthusiast, Technophile

I purchased the Roku box after hearing about it on I have purchased the new Apple TV, Sony Google TV also. This box blew them out of the water in some aspects. First thing that was perfect was the services that the Roku can do, such as Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Hulu Plus. Each streams perfectly and in 1080p without issue. Where the apple TV only does Netflix and their own service. Now the Google TV tries to make up for the fact they can only do Netflix at this time by working with your cable system to allow you to search for items that you are looking for which would be a good item for the roku box to somehow add to their service.

The one item that I would love to see the roku box get that the Google TV has is some type of keyboard on the remote. Having to type in user names and passwords using arrow keys is a mind numbingly slow process.

All in all I use the Roku box more than I use the Apple TV or Google TV because they have the better services which give me the best options for watching movies and TV Shows. Great job guys!!



~ by AJ Mitchneck on April 23, 2012.

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