Roku Reviews

Roku 3: Affordable and great

May 1st, 2016 ★★★★ by rokureviews.net

Roku 3The Roku 3 is the fastest, most powerful Roku player. Enjoy more than 2,000 streaming channels offering access to 250,000+ movies and TV episodes, plus games, music, sports, and more*. The included enhanced remote offers voice search, headphones for private listening, point anywhere ease of use, and motion control for gaming.

General

The Roku 3 is very easy to both use and set up. The processor, although being a dual-core, is very fast. The Roku user interface is extremely easy to use and allows simple access to an enormous amount of movies and TV shows. The Roku user interface allows you to compare the prices of movies and shows between different sellers, which is a nice feature to have.

Voice Search

The biggest new feature of the Roku 3 over its older brother is the addition of voice search. The voice recognition is not perfect, but it’s definitely easier than typing the title of a movie one character at a time! The voice search is built into the remote, but it’s also possible to download the Roku app to get the ability to use voice search on other Roku devices.

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Performance

The latest iteration of the Roku 3, the 2015 4230R model, has a faster processor than the older version. The updated device is very similar to the older version, however the slightly faster processor does help. The user experience tends to be extremely smooth and the Roku 3 seems to have no trouble streaming 1080p (Full HD) video. The menu is very responsive and doesn’t seem to suffer from random drops in framerate.

Roku 3 VS Roku 4

If cost is not an issue then we definitely recommend the Roku 4 over it’s older brother, the Roku 3. The Roku 4 offers 4K (Ultra HD) video support and has a faster processor, compared to the older model. If you do not need 4K video support and don’t want to spend a lot of money on your Roku device then we would probably suggest this model or the newer Roku Streaming Stick (3600R).

Installation

The installation of the Roku 3 is very easy. Simply plug the device into the HDMI port of your TV screen using an HDMI cable. The Roku 3 requires a wall outlet for power, using the power adapter that comes bundled with the device. After booting simply log in with your Roku account, or create a new account if you don’t already have one. If you want to access paid content like HBO, Netflix or Amazon you will have to set those up using authentication and / or access codes, which is pretty self explanatory.

Pricing

The Roku 3 is quite reasonably priced at around $99, sometimes even dropping to as low as $85. The newer Roku 4 is the most expensive Roku device available at around $129. When compared to the Roku 3’s $99 there is a $30 increase in price for a relatively low number of upgrades. The biggest reason to spend the extra $30 would be the Roku 4’s support for 4K video. The Roku 4 is also a bit faster than it’s $99 relative.

Conclusion

The Roku 3 is an extremely viable option for everyone who is looking to pick up an affordable streaming device. Since the device is a bit older it lacks support for 4K video, however this does help keep the price down when compared to the Roku 4. The Roku 3 gives you access to a huge amount of digital content and is an impressive device all around.

The Roku 3 (4230R) is available on Amazon from $83.99.

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