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Roku Express

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Review by Sophia 0 0
  • Cheap
  • The most channels available in the price range
  • Sluggish menu navigation
  • Remote requires line of sight
Roku Express I've done quite a few Roku reviews by now and generally haven't been let down. Roku offers a range of products that are available for all price ranges, and viewing needs. Now we will be looking at the... Read full review
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Device Type Media streamers come in two types: TV sticks or TV boxes. Generally speaking, there are a few main differences between the two. The most obvious one is size. TV sticks are much more unobtrusive becaus ... Show more
TV Box
Video Quality
4K Capable 4K or Ultra-HD is the latest (and highest) screen resolution for TV sets. If you have a 4K TV, you must have a 4K capable TV box or stick in order to stream at the maximum resolution. For reference, 4 ... Show more
Web Content
Total Apps/Channels
Major Apps Available Does the device have some of the most popular apps/channels?
  • Netflix
  • Hulu
  • Amazon Prime or Instant Video
Amazon Video, Crackle, HBO NOW, Hulu, Netflix, PBS KIDS, Showtime Anytime, SlingPlayer
Downloadable Content Some media devices offer the opportunity to download content (rather than stream it) for a quicker experience uninterrupted by buffering. An example of this is Apple TV, which allows users to download ... Show more
Web Browser Some media streamers will come with a web browser that allows you to search the internet on your TV, in addition to the myriad of apps available for download. While an interesting feature, the experie ... Show more
Live TV
Live Broadcasts A TV box or stick that connect to broadcast is key for those who want to watch live TV. Oftentimes, you can pay for a subscription to a TV network’s app (HBO, Starz, CBS, etc.), but this can add up fi ... Show more
Record/Catch-Up TV If the TV box can connect to broadcast TV, you may be able to record live programs and replay past programs within a certain time period. This means no more missing your favorite shows! Set the box to ... Show more
Pause/Rewind Live TV While watching live TV, you may want to pause the program or rewind a part you missed. Some media streamers are limited in how far you can rewind, such as 30 minutes. Also, if you pause the program fo ... Show more
Remote Capabilities If the TV box or stick comes with a remote, it may also double as a microphone or contain a headphone jack for private listening. Microphones are useful in remotes because they allow you to use your v ... Show more
App Specific Buttons (Netflix, YouTube, etc.)
Voice Control A microphone—whether in the remote or on the box/stick—allows the user to control the TV using their voice. You can search for programs, change channels and apps, turn volume up or down, turn power on ... Show more
Smartphone/Tablet Control Some media streamers allow you to control your TV with your smartphone or tablet by downloading an app on your device. The Google Chromcast is one example of a media streamer that does not use a remot ... Show more
Gaming Controller Options If you plan to use your media streamer for gaming, you’ll need a controller. Some TV boxes and sticks use the remote as a controller, which is sufficient for basic games and kids play. You may also re ... Show more
Network Connection Type The different network connections available for media streamers includes Ethernet, wireless/Wi-FI, Bluetooth, satellite, aerial/cable, and AirPlay. Most all media streamers will have Wi-Fi. If you hav ... Show more
  • Wired/Ethernet
  • Wireless/Wi-Fi
Device Connection Type The different outputs or device connections include HDMI, digital optical audio output, USB, SD or microSD. TV sticks will connect to your TV through HDMI, but won’t contain any outputs (except for po ... Show more
  • HDMI
  • USB
Other Features
  • Midnight Mode
  • Smartphone remote controlled
  • Voice search
  • Internet radio playback
  • Internet video playback
Popularity 0-100 scale indicating how frequently people buy the product online. Recalculated daily.
92 / 100
  • The Roku Express delivers fast HD streaming at an incredible price.
  • There are no monthly rental fees for owning a Roku Express-it's so affordable, you can make every TV in your home smart.
  • Because Roku Express is from Roku, you'll get great features like an easy-to-use remote, simple navigation, and unbiased search across top channels.
  • Roku Express - HD Streaming Player does not include composite cables
  • Refer manual before use for troubleshooting steps
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1 Year Limited Warranty
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13 oz
1.4 x 3.3 x 0.7 inches
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Key features
  • Delivers fast HD streaming
  • No monthly rental fees

Roku Express is a very popular option on the lower end of the price range. It's in the top 3 bestselling streaming players and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as GooBang Doo ABOX A1 2017 or Amazon Fire TV Stick .

Roku Express was released in 2007. There are dozens of newer streaming players on the market. Show newer Streaming Players

Roku Express is $20.40 cheaper than the average streaming player ($59.99).

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Questions about Roku Express

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I live in an area for which TV reception is not reliable e.g. the TV connected to Dish receives many channels but even with an indoor antenna that I move around constantly, the other TV in the home gets three-five channels and sometimes only sporadically. Will the Roku or Fire Stick work for me or will I have the same issues with reception? Thank you.
Related: Roku Express, Amazon Fire TV Stick, TV Boxes and Sticks | Submitted by anonymous 308 days ago
A: Depends on your internet connection

Unlike satellite dishes, streaming media players like Roku and the Fire Stick rely in your internet connection, rather than satellite signals or your cable provider. Some players allow you to view content that you have pre-downloaded onto your computer or phone/tablet, but you will still need to have internet connection to install updates and set it up. If you have a fast and reliable internet connection, you won't have any issues. 

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We have HD TV's but not smart TV's. All have HDMI ports. Don't quite know difference between Roku Express and Roku 3600R. I don't mind paying difference. How do I hook up 3600R? Then do I have to set up a Roku account? Why if free.

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a cheap android box with an easy to use interface.... user friendly.
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