A Roku box is the single best way to bring streaming media into your home. It slings not just Netflix, but also Amazon Instant Video, CNET, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, MLB.tv, Pandora, and a host of other awesome channels.
For a limited time, you can get the refurbished Roku 2 XD for $59.99 shipped. That's a savings of $20, and the same price you'd otherwise pay for the lesser Roku 2 HD model.
Never mind that it's a refurb: it comes with the same 90-day warranty as new Rokus. (I'm a bit surprised that the boxes aren't covered for a year, but it's not like they have any mechanical parts to break.)
So, what's the big difference between the XD and the HD? Simple: the former supports 1080p video, while the latter tops out at 720p. Netflix can stream at that resolution (I'm not sure about the other services), so if you have a bigger TV, you'll definitely want that 1080p support.
And if you want the state-of-the-art Roku, you can get the refurbished Roku 2 XS for $74.99 shipped (using the same link above). Here you're getting not only 1080p, but also a motion-sensitive remote, USB and Ethernet ports, and Angry Birds. I'm not sure those items are worth the extra $15, but the option is there for those who want it. The XS sells new for $99.99, so it's still a great savings. See CNET's video review below.
I cannot overstate my love for le boxes Roku. They're cheap, they're adorably small, they have no monthly fees (other than what you pay for service like Hulu Plus and Netflix), and they work beautifully. I'm not embarrassed to say I now own three.
If you haven't yet pulled the trigger, here's your chance to score a higher-end model for a lower-end price. Oh, and make sure you grab the Roku remote app (| ), which is equal parts fun and practical. Android users should also check out from your device to your box.
Bonus deal: Currently backordered but still available for purchase, the Kingston DataTraveler SE9 16GB flash drive is $8.95 shipped from Adorama. Are you kidding me? Wonder how long before we're seeing 32GB drives for under $10. In the meantime, this is amazing.
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