Roku Streaming Stick+
While the Roku Streaming Stick+ has better range than its predecessors, and the power to process 4K HDR video, a few niggling issues like slow pop-in time on the home screen and lack of Dolby support keep it from reaching its full potential.
- 4K HDR Streaming Stick
- Wi-Fi antenna placement
- Roku OS 8
- Proprietary power cable
- No Dolby Vision or Atmos
- Occasional pop-in issues
[Update: Beginning on October 20, the Roku Streaming Stick+ will get a changeless value drop from $59.99 to $49.99. Notwithstanding the value drop, Roku reported that new models will incorporate a refreshed remote that incorporates volume and power controls just as the new quiet catch. We’ve refreshed our survey to mirror the value change.]
With the streaming space as hot as its at any point been, the Roku Streaming Stick+ sits in an exceptionally packed market contrasted with when the organization’s media boxes were new confronted and moderately unmatched.
Apple television 4K and Amazon Fire television 2017 caused a major mix upon discharge (particularly Amazon’s spending well disposed number). So it tends to be on occasion simple to overlook that it was Roku who kickstarted the streaming transformation 10 or so years back.
Be that as it may, notwithstanding the developing challenge, the Roku Streaming Stick+ remains moderately unparalleled as far as its specs. It’s the main streaming gadget in the stick-molded structure factor to offer both 4K and HDR screen choice, and is just genuinely undermined in that particular class by the Chromecast Ultra and recently referenced Amazon Fire television.
Its solid spec sheet separates it. It might be minimal bigger than your standard USB thumb drive, however it can yield 4K HDR10 streaming gratitude to its inherent 802.11ac Wi-Fi radio wire. That sits outside the frame which, as per Roku, offers a quicker and increasingly stable streaming background.
At last however, while size, execution and cost lift the Roku Streaming Stick+ to extraordinary levels, a couple of niggling issues like moderate fly in time and absence of Dolby backing keep it from winning top awards.
Price and release date
Surprisingly, the Roku Streaming Stick+ only costs a mere $49.99/£59.99, after a recent $10 price drop. It’s a price that makes the old Roku Premiere+ obsolete and places the 4K streaming stick in ‘impulse buy’ territory.
For comparison, the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is regularly priced at $49.99 / £49.99, but can often be found for $34.99 / £39.99. This price can drop even more during shopping holidays like Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Last but not least Google’s 4K streamer, the Chromecast Ultra, goes for $69 / £69 and it doesn’t come with a traditional remote.
Design and features
Roku’s streaming sticks have consistently been misleadingly basic gadgets, however the new Roku Streaming Stick+ takes that structure reasoning to another level: It’s similarly as petite as its ancestors (an insignificant 3.7 x 0.8 x 0.47 inches and 0.9 ounces) yet stuffs much more power into the glimmer drive-sized structure factor. Notwithstanding the extra equipment, be that as it may, it will even now perfectly fit behind your television, and draw control from either your television’s USB port or from the divider.
It is, generally, a natural plan. It’s a structure factor that Roku spearheaded five years back with its elliptical and inventively hued purple Roku Streaming Stick, and it’s obviously served the organization well throughout the years. The structure factor was mainstream enough for Roku to warrant an update a year ago and during the time has been duplicated by both primary equipment makers and modest thump offs the same.
New for the Streaming Stick+ is that peculiar, exclusive power link that houses the outside reception apparatus. It furnishes the Roku Streaming Stick+ with multiple times the range as the old Roku Streaming Sticks and lessens impedance. The advantage here is a quicker and increasingly stable streaming background which means quicker burden times and less time buffering.
The drawback is that, should the link break or go MIA under any circumstances, you can’t simply supplant it with any old scaled down USB link. Fortunately, Roku has thought about that situation and will make individual links accessible for procurement – for example you won’t need to rebuy the whole framework since you’ve lost (or obliterated) the power link.
The significant bit of leeway Roku has over its opposition – in particular the Chromecast Ultra – is that, similar to each other model Roku makes, the Streaming Stick+ comes bundled with a remote.
While the Streaming Stick’s remote doesn’t have every one of the extravagant accessories that the Roku Ultra has, despite everything it feels genuinely premium. It has an amplifier worked in for voice search, devoted media catches for Netflix, Sling, Hulu and PlayStation Vue, and gratitude to its IR Blaster/HDMI CEC association, it can control the volume on your television and some outside gadgets.
It would’ve been decent to have 3.5mm sound jack incorporated legitimately with the remote, yet not having one here isn’t a dealbreaker – and besides, there’s consistently the Roku application for iOS and Android.
Roku OS 8
Obviously, what’s equipment without programming to oblige it?
On account of the new Roku Streaming Stick+, you’ll need to acquaint yourself with Roku operating system 8 – a siphoned up form of the populist working framework that includes couple of new streaming administrations and applications, including Roku’s free streaming channel, Roku television.
Prior to now, Roku had most everything a streamer could need: Netflix and Amazon, clearly, yet in addition YouTube, Pop and Vudu too. In the event that you’d like to stream some sound, Roku offers both music pillars, Pandora and Spotify, yet in addition Deezer, VEVO, SiriusXM, Amazon Music and TuneIn, as well.
The most recent expansion to the line-up is Roku’s own streaming channel – an allowed to-watch arrange that has movies and Television programs the organization has authorized from studios like Columbia and Central. The movies run in quality and swap every once in a while, yet thinking about it’s everything free substance, it’s difficult to whine excessively.
While we were looking into the Roku Streaming Stick+, The Roku Channel was demonstrating The Warriors, The Quest for Happyness, Drive and Men dressed in Dark, among many others.
While the huge, populist offering of 3,000+ streaming channels is unmistakably the feature of Roku operating system, we’re likewise enamored with its perfect and basic format, just as its vigorous pursuit stage. About everything is anything but difficult to discover on the stage, supported in no little part by profoundly incorporated voice search usefulness that scours more than 200 applications to locate the best costs on shows and movies, and highlights like My Feed help us monitor the substance coming in the blink of an eye that we have our eyes on.
The interface is feeling somewhat dated over the long haul, however we’d preferably have something that works – regardless of whether it’s somewhat more established – as opposed to something that accidents out of the blue every single time you turn it on. (Hack, Android television.)
So what’s it like to utilize Roku’s somewhat little streaming gadget? In a word: Fantastic.
In more words, the Roku Streaming Stick+ is a superb gadget – bouncing in the middle of applications is a snappy and effortless undertaking, and recordings start up immediately, regardless of whether they’re in 4K HDR.
Not exclusively does the new Roku Streaming Stick+ ably play 4K UHD substance, it can play it from a tolerable range, as well. This is an immense help for those of us who keep our excitement far away from our switch, and will probably improve the experience for any individual who experiences moderate buffering times or successive falters.
Up until this point, there hasn’t been an excessive amount to scrutinize the Roku Streaming Stick+ about. Also, that is on the grounds that, as a standard 4K HDR10 streamer, Roku’s most recent cycle of the streaming stick is an inside and out incredible gadget. In any case, start discussing future-confronting innovation and things become somewhat murkier.
The huge spot we could see Roku missing out to the challenge not far off is on arrangement support. Apple shocked numerous when it reported that it would bolster both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, two new advances that guarantee better visuals and better sound, individually – neither of which will be offered on the Roku Streaming Stick+. Dolby Vision is bolstered on the Chromecast Ultra too, and Atmos is accessible on Xbox One consoles. For Roku to choose not to see these advances feels somewhat limited.
The other little issue we had with the Roku Streaming Stick+ is that, every once in a while, it experienced some fly in issues on the home menu. To be progressively explicit, while perusing the menu, a few pieces of the interface would take a couple of moments to stack. It is anything but a major issue and it’s not something that happened constantly, yet the time spent sitting tight for the My Feed area to populate could’ve been spent streaming substance.
Roku has done something really special with the Streaming Stick+ and it’s important to recognize it. By squeezing 4K HDR streaming hardware into a device the size of USB stick, Roku has made a svelte, small, powerful and affordable streaming device.
While the Roku Streaming Stick+ is perfect for the here and now, we’re definitely worried about how it will hold up – especially against the increasingly fierce competition from Google and Amazon. The other concerns we have are with its proprietary power cable – if you lose it, it’s not all that easy to replace.
The Roku Streaming Stick+ is playing to its strengths – it’s small, it’s powerful and, thanks to its new external Wi-Fi antenna, has an extended range. It’s priced appropriately (especially after the recent price drop) and, don’t forget, the Roku Streaming Stick+ comes with a remote and Roku’s all-around awesome Roku OS.
On the downside, though, the Roku Streaming Stick+ does use a proprietary power cable now. Lose it, and you can’t just replace it with any old mini-USB cable you have lying around. On top of that, issues with pop-in and a lack of future-facing technology stop the Roku Streaming Stick from winning our unbridled recommendation.
All said, if you’re looking for a streaming stick with exceptional range and power – and don’t mind a few minor drawbacks – the Roku Streaming Stick+ is a competent addition to your audiovisual arsenal.