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Roku 2 XS

Roku 2 XS
alaScore 88

183 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 183 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Receivers & Amplifiers the Roku 2 XS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 183 reviews)

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Roku 2 XS


Roku was first to market with a network streaming box capable of playing Netflix videos, and its product line remains the one we'd recommend to our non-techie friends and relatives. Our techie friends and relatives, on the other hand, know there are...

Brain-dead simple to set up ; Broad range of apps and services ; First Roku streamer to support games

No DLNA support, so you can't stream content you own over your network ; Supports a very limited collection of audio and video file formats and codecs ; Can't mount disc images

The Roku 2 XS is a fabulous media streamer—for casual users, at least.

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Roku 2 XS: Popular Web Streamer Adds Ability to Play Games


The latest version of the popular Roku media streamer adds Bluetooth support and a microSD card slot, allowing you to use the Roku2 for downloadable games. Out of the box, the Roku 2 XS (The latest version of the popular Roku media streamer adds...

Easy to use ; Access to tons of free and paid Web content ; Enhanced Bluetooth remote has motion sensor

No 5GHz Wi-Fi support ; No support for streaming media via home network

The petite Roku 2 XS offers casual gaming support via an enhanced, Bluetooth enabled remote, but its ability to stream a ton of free and paid Web content to your HDTV is still its strongest selling point.

Editor's Choice!

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Roku 2 XS


Roku is calling its new line of streaming-media boxes "Roku 2," but this is actually the fourth iteration of the device, which started its life as the "Netflix Player" in 2008. Like Apple TV, this is still a Netflix video streamer at its core--and a...

The Roku 2 XS is an ultrasmall Wi-Fi streaming-media box that offers dozens of Internet video and audio services, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, Pandora, NHL, NBA, and MLB, among many others. It works with HD and standard...

The best streaming channels require paid subscriptions or pay-per-view fees. The Roku 2 XS doesn't currently support DLNA access (streaming media from networked PCs), and USB file support is very limited. Don't expect a full-blown Wii-like gaming...

Thanks to a varied range of content offerings--including Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Pandora--that beats the Apple TV, the Roku 2 XS is the best all-around streaming-media box you can get for less than $100.


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New Roku Streaming Box Gets Smaller, Angrier


Roku's latest shrink-rayed media streamer comes with a gaming remote for playing -- you guessed it -- Angry Birds.

Netflix channel now has 1080p streaming, 5.1 surround and subtitles — if your bandwidth supports it. Big, beautiful HD content on some channels like Vimeo

Lengthy setup time. Forget about playing your MKV and other high-bitrate files, unless you convert. RF Bluetooth motion controller feature is limited to playing games, provides no navigation or UI functionality

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Best digital media player


When it comes to an easy, effective and inexpensive way to get streaming video and other media from the web to your living-room TV, reviewers say the Roku 2 XS is the best choice for most. One big reason is the vast lineup of content partners -- more...

Inexpensive, easy to use, wide library of content providers, great picture quality, gaming features and Wii-like motion controller

Need to sign up separately with most content providers, no easy way to stream media from a computer, few games at launch, only a few free content providers

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"Needs lots of improvement, customer service terrible!"


We were at first excited to purchase Roku2 player at our Costco, but has been mostly a dissappointment, as mentioned in all the Roku cons above.Will be returning to Costco and leaving same review there as well. Roku customer service also told us they...

size and portability.

No Youtube access, it only has RATERIXX which is TERRIBLE,it has hardly any video selection at all, RATERIXX is a waste of time.I was forced to create an account and give my credit card after first bought.

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"Best streaming device I've tried"


One minor con from above:

Streams more smoothly than any device I've tried.

Minor installation glitch, see summary below (didn't allow enough room to explain the solution here).

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"Have you called 'customer service"? WOW."


What started out as a "maybe this will be a cool device" turned into a small claims lawsuit (yes, I had to file a small claims lawsuit against the company).

Would be great if they SUPPORTED THE THING. Customer service SUCKS big time!

After 2 "remote wands" the remote STILL doesn't respond correctly.

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"It's the size of a deck of cards and works great!"


I've heard of this for a long time but never looked into it. I received this as a gift and i was surprised how much i use this machine i can hardly see because it takes up no space at all. All in all if you want to cut cable costs this thing is great.

STREAMING! This is what you bought it for right? Streams high def and the picture looks great.

I have it in bedroom so it's not use as much out in the living room so for now no cons i can see for me personally.

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"Good by ridiculously high cable & dish subscriptions!"


We won't go back to straight cable or dish. This allows us much more to view.

Love the ease of finding a show we like. Love the shorter, or no commercials feature.

Some short commercials on Hulu plus. Netflix has to "load" sometimes, but I just get up and take a break or something...