- 1080p HD streaming and motion-based gaming
- 2 Enhanced Game Remote with Motion Control included
- Built-In WiFi b/g/n Wireless Connection
- Free Full Edition of Angry Birds Game
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For the price, amazing. 03/19/2014
This review is from: Roku2 XS Bundle Wireless Streaming Player w/2 game remote& motion controllers
I wanted to get my parents off ultra expensive TV providers and get them on Netflix. I've had plenty of experience with Netflix on every gaming console out there, so I let them borrow my PS3 while I shopped for a new device. I did a lot of research about this device and got some
input from family and friends that had one. I read so many people having compatibility issues, usb drives not working and all this stuff and figured if I had too many issues I'd just send it back. I'm glad I took the gamble though and it's apparently people simply cannot read, period. Device works EXACTLY like it's advertised. If your files won't play it's because it's not on the list, so make sure you read the list. If you are still hoarding avi files from 2008, of course they are not going to play, but if you are in fact in tune with 2014 and understand what mp4/aac can do for quality then congrats you won't have a single problem.
As far as Netflix, the only "problem" I found was that it's still back a couple years with it's featured app settings in that it's operated around just one playlist. If you are used to the new app where everyone in the family can have their own playlist, then you need to look at the Roku 3 because it has the updated app. You can also search around on the channels and find a much better browser for Netflix in general with any Roku which is a huge plus. The streaming app itself is adaptive as well and that was very important for me to know given their internet isn't that great. However I had no issue in getting very close if not a great streaming 720p picture and it wasn't using very much bandwidth on the network at all compared to other devices. That's something I can't say for the PS3 which is probably one of the best streaming devices out there as far as I'm concerned.
The bonus I didn't know was that there are other free channels and stuff as bonus on the device. Even stuff from major TV channels for free (with ads of course) which was very surprising. My parents are fans of the show Vikings and they can still keep up with it because of this device despite no TV provider.
I did my homework and despite that minor complaint with the Netflix app I couldn't be happier. I will upgrade their box to the Roku 3 eventually and just take this one for my own personal use at some point.
Netflix app is still last-gen and unlikely to be updated.
MKV support comes with very specific codec needs and subtitles will only work if they are hardcoded. Wrapped SRT will not work. Anime fans take note there ;)
I know all is fair in capitalism but some stuff is marked free channels that have a bit of carrot-on-a-string going on. Minor gripe but will take a while and can't complain about free, but will take a while to sort all of these out for functionality. Would be nice if something was paid or free, not both is what I'm getting at for confusion sake.
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