27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Great box, expanding channel lineup, great remote, low energy, try one!,
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Roku 2 XS 1080p Streaming Player (Electronics)
I replaced my Roku LT with this XS model and i'm glad I did.
The unit appears faster than the LT to do things like add new channels, etc and zip through menus.
I have noticed a large build up in channels for the Roku in recent weeks and it is now light years away from where it was when it was first launched, so treat the old reviews with a major pinch of salt. Remember, you can always return the item if you do not like it, so worth a try at least.
I like the mix of free and paid content on the Roku, there is something for everyone there, there are now multiple free movie channels and now tv show channels, mostly with old 50s movies, but there are some newer films such as on Crackle and if you can pay Netflix. Rumoured to be coming soon is SkyNow.
As for other channels, there is sports content, cooking, foreign channels, tech, weather, reviews, traffic cameras, you name it, its on there. Do however keep your expectations in check. Your not going to get the latest blockbuster movies or TV shows for free, that is a fantasy, but you will get free content and you will get new movies if you pay, this is a new industry and content will improve as it grows and matures, so keep that in mind.
It's certainly better than most Smart TV platforms and so far I have tried AppleTV, Sony Qriocity and Samsung Smart Apps and it beats all of those.
Connectivity: There are multiple options to hook this box us to use content stored on your Mac or PC, I personally choose Plex and it works well. The XS also has a USB socket and will play many files via that socket, so USB keys, USB HDD's, etc.
Sound too technical, don't panic, you just plug in, and follow the on-screen prompts, if your using wired ethernet/network cables its super easy, if your using wireless all you need is the name of your wireless network and the password, which is normally printed on your router or on a card, etc. Easy peasy.
The Bluetooth remote is nice, no need to point it directly at the box and there can be a table in the way, it doesn't care as its done by radio rather than infra red light. The remote has gyroscopic sensors so you end up with something like a Wii controller which you can use in games I recommend Angry Birds and You Don't Know Jack (free and paid versions) which really show the machine off in its best light.
It's a small black box with HDMI, Ethernet, power, memory card slot (micro or miniSD forget which) and a USB on the side, also wireless built in. Due to the radio remote...you can tuck it away behind the telly or anywhere out of sight, which is quite cool. It uses a tiny 2w of electricity while watching a movie, less when not, crazy, the Sky HD box uses around 40w in standby alone, so the Roku never turns off, it doesn't need to.
Great box, lots of great stuff on it to explore and there are more channels several times a week right now as I write this.