Roku Express

The Good The Roku Express is cheap, easy to use and loaded with streaming apps.

The Bad It's slower, especially with Netflix, than alternatives that cost just a few bucks more.

The Bottom Line The Express delivers everything good about Roku for a rock-bottom price, but it's worth spending a bit extra on a faster streamer.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Ecosystem 10.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 6.0
  • Value 8.0
7.8 Overall

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Review

Is Roku's $30 streamer its best value yet? Not so fast

Last year's best-selling TV streaming device was the $35 Google Chromecast. This year, Roku really wants to take back that crown with the Roku Express, an entry-level streamer with an asking price that's $5 less.

And in many ways Roku Express is a better product than Chromecast. It has an actual remote and on-screen display, which I find much easier to use than Chromecast's phone-based system. And along with all the other major apps like Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Sling TV and thousands more, it has an app for Amazon video, which Chromecast does not.

On the other hand, the Roku Express is simply not as good as Roku's own $50 Streaming Stick, our favorite streamer ever. It's slower to respond, especially with Netflix, its remote has to be aimed at the TV, and the box itself isn't as slick as the minimalist, no-cable-required Stick.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Roku
  • Type digital multimedia receiver
  • Additional Features Midnight Mode, smartphone remote controlled, voice search
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