Roku Streaming Stick+ Review

Roku Streaming Stick+

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8.0/10

Roku Streaming Stick+ is super-charged with a long-range wireless receiver for 4x the wireless range and smooth streaming anywhere in the house. Enjoy brilliant HD, 4K, and HDR picture quality, plus a voice remote with TV controls.

Roku Streaming Stick+ Review

The Roku Streaming Stick+ does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a stick that goes right into your HDMI port. You can then use it to stream content from several providers. I was a little disappointed to see no included HDMI extender cable, but you can grab any HDMI extender.

There’s a plug included with a USB power cable with a long-range wireless receiver. This does have an extender cable if needed. You can though run the Stick straight off the USB plug on your TV.

After plugging in the Stick, the onscreen guide runs you through connecting to the Wifi. Make sure to plug this into a 2.0 HDMI port to get the full 4K at 60fps. You can register the device on the Roku website to easily download “apps” to it.

Roku Streaming Stick+ Review

The interface is clean and simple. Most of the space is dedicated to the apps and channels you get your content from. I did find some of the apps are looking a bit old compared to their counterparts on other devices. The store offers access to thousands of channels and hundreds of games. Moving around is smooth and there weren’t any graphical issues I noticed.

There is a feed section which shows you what you should be watching and new shows that are out. These include selections from Netflix, Youtube and Prime Video. This is all in 4K and with HDR support. For us brits, there are also apps for iPlayer, ITV Player, All 4 and 5 on Demand. Now TV also makes an appearance which is nice to see.

4K contents work as advertised. The Mind Flayer on Stranger Things 3 looks amazing and the colours are vibrant. The HDR also makes darks very dark, and this is noticeable as Stranger Things 3 is 80% night. I didn’t notice any streaming issues, though the stick was above my wifi router.

Roku Streaming Stick+ Review

The Roku app on your mobile is a must. This allows for voice search and adds to the overall navigation of the stick. There’s the cast option which allows you to share local media to the people in your living room. There is also a way to have the sound go to a pair of headphones, but I noticed serious lag when using Bluetooth earphones.

This is a great simple device to have at home. There’s hardly any setup and works as advertised. This has 4K and HDR support with all the major streaming giants on there.

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