Roku 1 review: A solid Roku box with a limited audience

The other reason is if you need analog analog video output. The Roku 1 is now the cheapest box with legacy analog connections, so it will work an older TV that has a composite video input (i.e., the yellow video port.)

Otherwise, the Streaming Stick looks to be a superior product in just about every way, especially if you're ever tempted to grab your Roku and bring it to a secondary location, like a relative's house.

Roku boxes compared
For a deep dive on the full Roku experience, check out CNET's full review of the Roku 3. Below is a breakdown of Roku's full product line.

Roku 1 ($50): 1080p video; HDMI and analog video outputs.
Roku Streaming Stick (2014) ($50): smaller form factor, adds RF remote and dual-band wireless, YouTube support out-of-the-box.
Roku 2 ($80): adds Wi-Fi Direct remote with headphone jack, YouTube coming later this year.
Roku 3 ($100): adds dual-core processor, motion control remote, Ethernet jack, USB port, SD card slot; no analog video jacks; YouTube currently supported.

Editors' Top PicksSee All

  • Roku 3

    Starting at: $79.95
    4.5 stars

    The Roku 3 nabs CNET's Editors' Choice Award for streaming-video boxes, with tons of content...

  • Roku Streaming Stick (2014)

    Starting at: $39.99
    4 stars

    Roku's Streaming Stick offers a wide variety of apps, a real remote, and a compact design...

  • Apple TV

    Starting at: $84.95
    4 stars

    The Apple TV is an indispensable living room companion for people invested in iTunes content...

  • Roku 2

    Starting at: $57.90
    4 stars

    The Roku 2 offers tons of content sources and an innovative remote with built-in headphone...


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Quick Specifications See All

  • Type Streaming player
  • Functionality Content streaming
  • Connectivity Protocols Wi-Fi
  • Type Standard remote control