Roku Reviews

Roku 4: The best Roku yet?

June 14th, 2016 ★★★★☆ by rokureviews.net

Roku 4The future of streaming is here. The Roku 4 offers brilliant picture quality for 4K Ultra HD & standard HD TVs and powerful wireless for the best streaming experience. The included point anywhere remote offers voice search, headphones for private listening, gaming capability, and even a lost remote finder. Enjoy more than 2,500 streaming channel, offering access to 300,000+ movies and TV episodes, plus games, music, sports, International, kids programming and more.

General

The Roku 4 (4400R) does not disappoint: With a huge selection of more than 2,500 streaming channels and another 300,000 movies and television episodes there is always something to stream to your television. The Roku 4 features a quad-core processor compared to the Roku 3’s dual-core processor, which is needed to provide the ability to stream 4K (Ultra HD) video. Of course services like Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go and even Spotify are available in the Roku 4.

Remote Control

The Roku 4 ships with a remote control for usage with the streaming device. The remote control is simple to use and responds quickly to user input. There are dedicated buttons for Netflix, Amazon, Rdio and Sling. Sadly, Roku has not decided to include programmable buttons on the remote. The remote has a voice search feature which allows you to look up movies and TV series by simply telling your remote what you would like to watch. Roku has included a ‘lost remote finder’, which allows you to locate your lost remote by pressing a button on the device itself.

Roku 4

Performance

The Roku 4’s performance is completely flawless. The device has no problem playing 1080 (Full HD) video and can even handle most 4K (Ultra HD) video streams. The experience in the menu is very smooth and the device doesn’t suffer from frame dropping. Some users have had issues with fan noise when making intensive use of their device. This issue does not seem to be widespread and has most probably been fixed in production.

Roku 4 VS Roku 3

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 a Roku 3 or the newer Roku Streaming Stick (3600R).

Installation

The installation of the Roku 4 is very easy. Simply plug the device into the HDMI port of your TV screen using an HDMI cable. The device 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. If you wish to stream 4K video then we recommend setting up the 5Ghz band on your device.

Pricing

The 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 4 is a (relatively minor) improvement over the older Roku devices. For a $30 premium over the Roku 3 you get the ability to stream 4K (Ultra HD) video on your Roku device. The amount of 4K content is currently unrivaled and the remote (and its remote finding feature) is an improvement over the older version. If you don’t mind paying a small premium then the Roku 4 is definitely the best Roku available.

The Roku 4 (4400R) is available on Amazon from $119.88.

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