Roku has recently come out with a new lineup of devices. You may be wondering if it is worth it to upgrade? This article will help you to determine if the new features of the Roku Premiere Plus Streaming Media Player are worth it for you.
Roku Premiere Plus Streaming Media Player
Roku Premiere Plus Streaming Media Player is an improvement from the previous Roku 3 box, which is its closest predecessor. The new device supports HDR (High-dynamic-range video) and 4K video quality, both of which are needed for the best picture in 2017. The remote is also different from that of the previous models. It has a black matte finish with rubber buttons rather than the old glossy plastic found in the previous models, making for a nicer feel in the hands. With an improved CPU, the box is somewhat snappier than the Roku 3. If you have a Roku 2 or less, you will really notice an improvement in the speed of the Roku Premiere+.
Design of the Box and Remote
The Roku Premiere+ is designed as a small black box that is shiny and has a classic look, which can easily fit and disappear inside any entertainment center. You can play your videos from a microSD card through its media player, and also stream a huge variety of content with your internet connection.
The remote includes a handy headphone jack for a private audio listening, without requiring running a long cable from your television to your sofa. The remote does not provide a remote beeping locator, which is present in the Roku 4 and the Roku Ultra.
Apps Available on Roku
There are several content providers on Roku, which are available in the Roku Channel Store.. There are big names such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO, Pandora, Plex, YouTube, Crunchyroll, and Spotify. Roku also allows you to rent or buy movie titles or TV series from Vudu and Fandango.
The Roku also allows you to mirror the screen from your smartphone (iPhone or Android) onto your television. You just turn on screen mirroring on your phone, and the Roku will show up on your phone. Click connect, and the picture/video/audio from your phone will display on the TV connected to your Roku!
Roku Premiere Plus reliably provides 4K HDR content to the screen. It also does a better job in streaming 1080p video. As long as you have a fast internet connection, you can watch the video without buffering or stutter. If you are on a wireless network, you need a very strong signal to stream 4k content effectively.
Here is a quick look at its specs
- HDR (High-dynamic-range video) support (to drive an HDR TV)
- Quad-core processor
- HDMI port (HDCP 2.2 HDMI® is supported for 4K)
- 10/100 Ethernet port
- 802.11 ac wireless
- Video output of up to 4K/30 fps on HDM1 2.0a or 1080p/60 fps
Roku comes with a charger, earphones and a pair of AAA batteries for the remote control. The package does not come with a HDMI cable, which is necessary for the connection between the streaming player and your TV. Moreover, you need to have a 4K TV to enjoy 4K videos.
Roku Premiere Plus is the best mix of performance and value for a 4K streaming device. It has robust hardware that supports content from several providers. While there is no content exclusive to the Roku, it does provide a very handy way of accessing all your favorite streaming content in one small, classy looking box. Some may prefer the interface of the Apple TV, or the Amazon Fire TV, but the Roku is no slouch, and provides great value for your money.
If you have an HDHomeRun, and are wondering if you can watch your signal on your Roku, the answer is yes, but it is not straight forward. For more details, please check out this article. If you are looking for a box to play your HDHomeRun signal, I highly suggest you look at the Amazon Fire TV instead.
With all these considerations, we give the Roku Premiere Plus an 8/10 for quality, performance, features and ease of use.
For more information on the Roku Premiere Plus, I highly suggest you check out Amazon.com: click here. The almost always sell Roku boxes for the best price, and they have a great return policy, so if you are not happy, you can easily return for a refund or an exchange.