Roku refreshed its product lineup recently, including the addition of the new Roku 3. Like the other models, it connects to your TV and uses an internet connection to stream content from several different providers including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, HBO Go, Leo Laporte’s TWiT network, and hundreds more.
As Roku says on its site, Roku 3 is “fully loaded and lightning fast”. What gives Roku 3 the “lightning” speed is its new processor, which is five times faster than other models. It also features motion control for games, and comes with Angry Birds Space included. Roku has an improved interface too, with a centralized search function for searching titles across all channels.
Roku 3 is the only model that supports ethernet, which is more dependable than Wi-Fi, and has USB & microSD for playing other media. While every Roku model has been able to work on “virtually any TV”, this new Roku 3 requires an HDTV with an HDMI connection. Fortunately, all modern TVs will support this.
There are four different models available on Roku’s website ranging from $49.99 to $99.99, but Roku 3 is currently cheaper on Amazon for $88.