Review
EH Buyer’s Scorecard: Roku 3 Streaming Player
A closer look at this streaming set-top box, from in-house and around the web.
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April 10, 2013 by EH Staff


These days, you can’t have a TV that isn’t connected to the web. Sure, it’s possible—it’s just not preferable. There’s too much audio and video out there for the taking.

Of course, not everyone can afford to upgrade that HDTV every time a new feature comes along. Thankfully, there are a lot of products that can make that dumb TV a whole lot smarter. As far as media streamers go, Roku is certainly one of the most popular. And that popularity has definitely gone up a notch since the introduction of the Roku 3.

The company’s latest box crams a lot into a very familiar, very compact form factor. Besides making more than 750 channels of entertainment available at one’s fingertips, the box boasts a faster processor and an “enhanced” remote. That remote is a key difference here. It has motion control for gaming, as well as a built-in headphone jack for late-night and/or personalized viewing.

Other features include 1080p output, 7.1 and 5.1 surround pass-through, WiFi, a microSD slot, and both Ethernet and USB ports.

What the Manufacturer Says

Finally, a sequel that exceeds your wildest expectations. An effortless new interface. Faster and more powerful hardware. Even a remote with headphone jack for those late-night movie sessions. Meet Roku 3—our most amazing streaming experience ever.
Visit Roku to Learn More About Roku 3

Reviews and Ratings from Around the Web

Roku 3
Media streamer
Supports 1080p
Over 750 channels
Built-in headphone jack
HDMI only
No 3D support

Big Picture Big Sound
“There are a lot of media streamers on the market. Without a doubt, every one of them has perks and provides a little something that your system didn’t previously have. That said, it’s hard to beat the options that are being offered under the tiny chassis of the Roku 3. Not all of them are freebies or selections that you’d actually be interested in, but there are just enough—and you could spring for a few too, you cheap-o.”
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Engadget
“Any failure of the Roku as the one true set-top box similarly fades when you look at its competition, all of which falter in one or more areas; whether DVR, game console, media player or HDMI-connected PC, they suffer from complicated UIs, subscription fees or high upfront prices that the Roku just doesn’t have. We just want to lean back and watch, and despite having room for improvement, the Roku 3 still does that cheaper, faster and better than the rest.”
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The Verge
“The good news is that if you’re not an Apple user or don’t have much need for AirPlay, you only need one box—and that box is the $99.99 Roku 3. It’s the best, most versatile, and most usable set-top box on the market, and buying it is a no-brainer. It was for me, anyway—mine’s on its way to me as I write this.”
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What Electronic House Says

While you probably don’t need 750 channels of anything, it’s certainly nice to have options. Some of those options are a tad bit obscure, but make no mistake; in this area, Roku is really hard to beat. It’s also nice that the company just keeps getting better with each release. A faster processor and perks like motion control and the headphone jack make the Roku 3 the company’s best box yet. And at $99, it’s hard to resist the addition or an upgrade.

What is Electronic House Buyers Scorecard?
Rather than bring our users a single opinion on a product or service, our EH Buyers Scorecard combines what the manufacturer has to say about their product with real ratings and reviews from other websites, along with our own opinions and knowledge of the product to derive a wider lens recommendation that can help you in making a purchase decision.


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