Roku Reviews

Roku 3600R: The 2016 Streaming Stick

June 7th, 2016 ★★★★ by rokureviews.net

Roku Streaming Stick (3600R)The new Roku Streaming Stick delivers powerful streaming – it’s the only pocket-sized streamer available with a quad-core processor. With 8x the processing power of our 2014 Streaming Stick, the new Roku Streaming Stick gets you to your favorite shows fast, with smooth and responsive navigation and channels that launch quickly.

General

The Roku Streaming Stick (3600R) allows access to an enormous amount of digital content, just like the other Roku devices. Most of the available content is VOD (Video On Demand), however the amount of livestreams that can be accessed is constantly increasing. A lot of popular channels like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus, HBO are available on the Roku Streaming Stick. The Roku Streaming Stick features a channel store that categorizes all the available content, which allows for easy browsing.

Roku App

When paired with the Roku mobile app a lot of extra functionalities become available to the user. Using the Roku app you can browse and select channels to stream on your Roku Streaming Stick. The ‘My Feed’ function of the Roku app allows you to track movie and show releases, plus the date on which they will become available on your Roku device. It’s also possible to receive a notification when the price of a movie or show changes, or when a product is available to free.

Roku Streaming Stick (3600R)

Performance

The Roku Streaming Stick (3600R) outputs 1080p (Full HD) resolution video. If you want to watch 4K (Ultra HD) content you will need to purchase a Roku 4 instead. The 3600R features solid hardware, which allows for smooth and fast browsing through the available content. The Wi-Fi on device appears to be up to par with older Roku devices, which in general feature an easy set-up and a stable connection to your Wi-Fi network.

Roku Streaming Stick 3600R VS 3500R

Multiple improvements have been made over the older Streaming Stick from 2014, a lot of which were long overdue by now. The newer 3600R features more RAM memory and a new quad-core CPU compared to the 2014 version. The streaming performance of the new Roku Streaming Stick is impressive, especially when compared to the more expensive Roku 4. As long as demanding games are not involved, the performance of the 3600R seems to be rather close to the performance of the Roku 4.

Installation

The installation of the Roku Streaming Stick is extremely easy. Simply plug the Roku Streaming Stick into the HDMI port of your TV screen. The Roku Streaming Stick requires a wall outlet for power, using the power adapter that comes bundled with the stick. 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 price difference between the Roku Streaming Stick 3600R and the older 3500R is so small that it’s always a good idea to go with the newer 3600R over the older 3500R version. For $39-49 the Roku Streaming Stick (3600R) offers a lot of functionalities with great performance to boost.

Conclusion

The 3600R’s new processor offers huge improvements over its predecessor. Although the 3600R doesn’t offer 4K video, it still has a lot of other useful functionalities, especially for its low price. The price tag of $39-49 assures that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy a large number of channels on your television. Overall the 3600R is a very impressive piece of technology that will fit the bill for everyone looking to get a streaming device.

The Roku Streaming Stick (3600R) is available on Amazon from $39.00.

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