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Roku 2 XS

Roku 2 XS
alaScore 88

184 reviews

Oct, 2014

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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

 

Multiple streaming media services. Easy to set up and use. Angry Birds plays great.

HDTVs, game consoles, and Blu-ray players offer Netflix, eliminating the need for a separate, single-purpose set-top box. Few local media sharing features. Adding channels requires a credit card.

The Roku 2 XS puts a ton of online content, including Angry Birds, at your fingertips and on your television affordably, but it doesn't seem as useful as it did years ago, before many Blu-ray players and HDTVs offered the same services and more.

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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.

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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.

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Roku 2 XS Review

 

Quick Setup, Easy to Use, 1080P Capable, Bluetooth Remote Has Perfect Communication, Amazon Instant Video, Free Shipping, 3rd Party Apps Offer Unlimited Expandability, Built-In USB, Ethernet, WiFi and Micro-SD, Price

'Credit Card Required to Use, Can\x92t Stream Content from Local network, HDMI and Ethernet Cord Not Included, Apps Can\x92t Run in Background, Roku Banner Ad Runs Constantly on Home Screen, Boring Interface'

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'EH Buyer\x92s Scorecard: Roku 2 XS Streaming Player'

 

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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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Neflix is brilliant on the Roku, some great content available, Crackle has some free movies, compact box

No-premium movie rental service, not designed to stream video from your home network, XBox and WD TV are both better value on a features basis

"When you buy a Roku, what you're really doing is getting a Netflix streamer that does a few other nice bits and pieces. There's plenty of other useful content here, like BBC iPlayer and some fantastic video from the likes of TED and Revision3, but we...

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