The newly announced Roku 3 ($99) is the company's flagship streaming-media box, with a completely redesigned user interface, a faster processor, and a neat new feature that lets you plug headphones into the remote.
The rest of the Roku 3's connectivity will look familiar. The back panel is more compact than ever, with an Ethernet port, HDMI output, microSD slot, and power plug. Wireless connectivity has been upgraded, too, with the Roku 3 sporting dual-band Wi-Fi, which has long been on the wish list of Roku fans.
Noticeably missing is the standard-def AV output that was included on the Roku 2 XS; you'll need to get a Roku LT, Roku HD, or Roku 2 XD if you want analog compatibility.
The Roku 3 is available today for $99 from Amazon and Roku's online store, and it's coming to retail stores in April.
So far, the new Roku 3 feels like a very polished update to a series of streaming boxes that were already excellent. I'll be testing the new box and updated interface over the next few days with two main questions on my mind: Is it better than the Apple TV? And is it worth spending the extra on the Roku 3 compared with the $50 Roku LT?