Pros Headphone feature is awesome, super fast to connect, no lag.
Cons Price. I want to buy a third one!
Summary Read all the reviews, it might not be for you though I doubt it.
It's the best streaming media player on the market by far in my opinion.
Pros Fast interface, lots of channels.
Cons - Not very good at accessing local media.
- Does not support 1080i, only 720p and 1080p. This was not clearly advertised anywhere. In fact, their advertising states "up to 1080p" which implies 1080i.
Pros Super easy setup - LOTS of excellent content - No brainer to use - Picture quality is outstanding!
Cons Wish it had all the major vendor channels...like the new Redbox Instant that Redbox and Verizon just made available.
Summary I have waited a few years for ROKU to advance and when I saw the new features in this version I decided it was time to go for it! Both my Samsung TV and Blue Ray players have the web "apps" built in and they work. BUT...it's a pain in the neck to try to move from app-to-app with both of those. I especially found trying to login to my Amazon Prime Videos a pain...had to load Yahoo then hunt for it...which means I rarely watched anything there. As I'm either lazy or just can't handle poor designs...I just wasn't willing to live with the "free" interface I have with those devices. So...in comes my Roku 3 last Friday to hopefully provide me the solution I was hoping for.
Installation was a no-brainer...pick an HDMI port on my Pioneer reciever, plug it, add power...then go through the activation with the ROKU website. Fortunately I had my ASUS Zenbook handy so I didn't have to run back and forth to/from my office to do the ROKU and several of the channels' activation code inputs. Within about 10 minutes of unpacking I was up and operational! The interface is "sweet"...very obvious so anyone will feel comfy with it. The screens are vivid and colorful, so all feels nice. When loading a channel the response is nearly immediate! I was really impressed with how quickly most of the HD content (Netflix, Amazon, etc.) started up...not sure how much memory is in the ROKU but it seems to do a great job, for most channels, of buffering your content so you get a seemless view. My wife and I spent several hours enjoying the content over the weekend...to the point I got the "Wife Stamp Of Approval"...no small deal! ;-)
I can recommend the purchase and use of the ROKU 3 based on my experience. At $99.95 it's a fair deal for what you get and is definitely a very nice addition to my home entertainment system!!
Pros Private listening is amazing
No need to point remote at box
Remote is easy to use and full of features, while still compact, but not too compact like apple's
Easy to navigate and fun customization
Search across many apps
Cons No YouTube
Netflix not as easy to navigate
Setup is not as easy (entering codes on a computer needed)
Remote isn't backlit
Summary I have been an avid apple user for years. I decided to make a departure from the norm and pick up the Roku 3. I have never been more pleased. The Roku superior or equal to Apple TV in almost every way. The Roku is fast and easy to use. My 2 year old son has already mastered the remote and can pull up Curious George to his heart's content. My wife and I love the private listening for that reason. My son can enjoy his shows, and my wife and I don't have to listen to them. It's pretty amazing.
The inclusion of Amazon Prime is huge. Very few devices have it, and Apple TV isn't one of them.
I was concerned that I could airplay from my mac or phone onto the Roku, but with the help of a few programs and apps, I can play Hulu from my computer on my big screen without having to pay for Hulu Plus.
The remote is much better than Apple TV. I get the whole minimilist thing, but with kids you lose you Apple TV remote every few minutes. Not to mention it isn't intuitive or easy to use. With no labels or direction, its a few slow learning curve. The Roku 3 remote is amazing. With an easy to spot lanyard, and clearly labeled and naturally place buttons it is a joy to use. My only critic is the lack of backlighting. However, the remote is intuitive and simple enough that a week or so with the remote creates enough muscle memory to make up for it.
Last Word: If you are on the fence between an Apple TV and a Roku 3. Hands down go with the Roku, and this is coming from a huge apple fan. The only reason to get an Apple TV over Roku 3 is if you can't live without YouTube directly on you TV. For most users the Roku 3 just makes sense.
Pros Much faster than previous versions (I have the original roku and roku 2).
Headphone feature is great (we use a splitter and my husband and I listen at night with headphones so we don't wake the kids).
Quality is great.
Cons Had to sync the remote when I got it. Minor inconvenience. Set up was seamless just had to sync all my accounts to the new roku player.
Summary Would highly recommend roku's new device. The new remote that allows you to stream sound to headphones alone makes it worth the upgrade. Speed was considerably faster than the original roku unit too.
We are cord cutters and we mostly watch things on Hulu, amazon, netflix and pandora. Works great for what we need. Thought about adding an Apple TV too because we have an apple ecosystem but haven't taken the plunge yet.