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4K Roku TVs bring higher resolution to simpler smart TVThe latest wave of TVs with Roku's streaming platform built-in add 4K resolution to the best smart TV system in the business. So how's the picture?
[MUSIC] Roku TVs have been some of CNet's favorite budget televisions for the last couple of years. And now they are available in 4K resolution. The two we just reviewed, one from TCL and one from Best Buy's Insignia brand continue the tradition of delivering more apps and a similar interface than any other smart TV system. But the 4K resolution doesn't add a whole lot. Right now, just a handful of TV shows movies and videos are available to stream in 4k from services like Netflix, Amazon and YouTube. And from what I've seen they don't really provide a significantly better picture than standard 1080p hi def stream. These Roku TV's have a good enough picture overall for most viewers, but it's not quite as impressive as [INAUDIBLE] with somewhat lighter black levels that rob the image of some punch [SOUND] But your quality might not be as strained but app access certainly is. These TVs come with every major 4K app and they can make 4K TV shows easier to find with a 4K Spotlight Section which gathers a bunch of 4K content in one place. You can also sort apps by whether or not they offer 4K content at all. Otherwise these are standard Roku TVs and that's a good thing. They're simple to use and places connected devices on the same home screen as apps. They also have more apps than any smart TV system, superior search and snappy load times in response to this. One TCL model I reviewed also offers Roku's enhanced remote, with a head phone jack for private listening and Roku's cool remote finder function. So you can cause the clicker to emit a sound when it goes missing. [SOUND] Overall, I like these 4K Roku TVs a lot. But since their picture quality isn't much of a leap from the cheaper non-4K versions, I don't think they're quite as good of a value. I'm David Katzmaier for CNET. [MUSIC]