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Roku Ultra 4K (2017)

Roku Ultra 4K (2017)
alaScore 93

11 reviews

Mar, 2021

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 reviews of Roku Ultra 4K (2017). The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the size. The design also gets good feedback, whereas many are less positive about the price.

usability, design, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Roku Ultra 4K (2017) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Will Greenwald (

Roku Ultra (2017)


Roku's top-end 4K media streaming box, the Ultra, is packed full of handy features, but whether they're worth the $100 price depends on your viewing needs. For many, the $70 Streaming Stick+ will be just fine.

Lots of streaming apps and services. Wired network connections. Headphone jack in the remote.

No Dolby Vision support. Voice search is very limited.

The Roku Ultra is a capable, full-featured media hub, but the Streaming Stick+ presents just as good a value. The Ultra's larger price tag and design get you an Ethernet port, a USB port, a headphone jack in the remote, and the ability to make the...

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : David Katzmaier (

Roku Ultra review


Call it the "cascading upgrade effect" (CUE). Every time some newfangled home theater format comes along, like high-definition, 3D, 4K or high dynamic range, you have to upgrade everything associated with it. Not only do you need a new TV, but you also...

The Roku Ultra can access more TV shows and movies in 4K and HDR than most rival devices. It has the most features of any Roku streamer, and unlike the Chromecast Ultra it actually includes a remote (and an Amazon Video app). Roku's ecosystem offers...

It's more expensive than the Roku Premiere+. Content in 4K and HDR is still uncommon, and your HDR TV probably already has compatible apps. Unlike some of those TVs, the Ultra doesn't work with with Dolby Vision HDR. Some app interfaces are less...

If you own a 4K TV and an AV receiver or sound bar that doesn't pass 4K HDR signals, the Roku Ultra is a great 4K streaming choice.

Jan, 2017

Expert review by : Will Greenwald (

Roku Ultra


The Roku Ultra includes just about every media-streaming feature you can think of, at a premium price.

Speedy performance. Supports 4K HDR video. Advanced remote with headphone jack and microphone.

Added features don't quite justify the premium over the Premiere+.

Conclusions The Ultra is Roku's most impressive streaming device yet, but at $130 it's a bit pricier than the comparable (but not HDR-compatible) Amazon Fire TV . The $100 Premiere+ is a better overall value, offering the same selection of 4K content...

Oct, 2016

Expert review by : Jared Newman (

Roku Ultra (2017) review: Stuck in the middle


If you need a streaming box with hardwired ethernet support, the Roku Ultra is the cheapest one available.

The remote’s TV controls are a major improvement ; It has an ethernet port ; Straightforward software

Software lacks ambitious ideas ; Voice recognition can be spotty ; No more optical audio port

One might imagine a future in which the Roku Ultra becomes more of an aspirational product, with beefier hardware and more forward-looking software to match.

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Samuel Axon (

Roku Ultra and Streaming Stick+ review: High-end streaming with low-end frills


The company that makes the best low-end devices doesn't impress at the top.

Most 4K TVs already have streaming apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video built in. A lot of people own game consoles that come with those apps, too. The Roku Ultra and Streaming Stick+ only do a few things to dissuade users from sticking with what...

Dec, 2017

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Expert review by : Marshall Honorof (

Roku Ultra (2017) Review: More of a Great Thing


Aside from losing the optical audio port, there's nothing that makes the Roku Ultra (2017) weaker than last year's model — but there's nothing that really makes it much stronger, either. The revamped remote is convenient, but the hardware is just about...

Incredible app selection ; Improved remote ; Easy to watch your own content ; Full 4K HDR functionality

No optical audio port ; Search and interface haven't advanced much

The Roku Ultra (2017) is an excellent value, especially if you can live with run-of-the-mill audio, but it's similar to last year's model.

Oct, 2017

Sound & Vision TOP PICK

Expert review by : Barb Gonzalez (

Roku Ultra Streaming Player


Roku has once again upped the streaming game by including HDR and more in its highly recommendable Ultra 4K media player. I bought the Ultra the first week it came out and purchased the UHD copy of Batman v Superman and the Atmos worked from day 1 - as...

Excellent 4K HDR picture and sound quality; Optical audio output for full Dolby Digital Plus surround sound; Agnostic voice search finds movies/TV shows on most streaming channels

Playback control for music and slideshows is awkward; Doesn’t play Dolby Atmos from Vudu

Jan, 2017

Expert review by : Sean P. Aune (

Roku Ultra Review – Can it set a new standard for streaming devices?


TechnoBuffalo reviews the new Roku Ultra.

Nov, 2016

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Marshall Honorof (

Roku Ultra Review — The Media Streamer to Beat


With a $130 price tag, the Roku Ultra had a lot to prove, but in my experience, the device has succeeded in almost every way. The physical product is small and unobtrusive; the interface is snappy and functional; the channel selection is unparalleled,...

Small, quiet design ; Unparalleled channel selection ; Snappy interface ; Useful bells and whistles

Should have included an HDMI cable for the price ; Remote won't suit all users

The Roku Ultra lives up to its name, with 4K resolution, HDR support, digital audio, USB connectivity and more than 3,500 channels.

Oct, 2016

Expert review by : Jared Newman (

Roku Ultra and Roku Premiere+ reviews: The priciest Roku still isn't the best Roku


Even before the Roku Ultra arrived, spending more than $100 on a Roku box wasn't really necessary. Last year's Roku 4 was a compromised device at $130, with an internal fan and an unusually large footprint for a media streamer. And besides its support...

Nov, 2016

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