Roku Budget Media Streaming Boxes Reviewed

Thanks to their amazing price point, Roku in recent years have become a household name when it comes to media streaming boxes. Today we are going to take a closer look at three very budget friendly models, the Roku LT, Roku 1 and Roku 2.








These three models retained the brand’s signature look, sporting a square jellybean design with small fabric like tag on one of its sides. They measure just 3.5 x 3.5 x 1 inches in dimensions and are designed to discreetly blend into your home media console. It might not be as compact as the recent Google Chromecast, but at the same time, it would be quite a stretch to call it bulky. Just like the Roku 3, on the back of these three models, you will find both analog and HDMI ports, making it compatible with virtually any TV models in the market. There is also built in wi-fi to allow it to wirelessly connect to your home’s internet connection.


The cheapest amongst the three is the purple Roku LT that is priced at just $50 per pop. It comes with a tiny, simple remote that is extremely easy to use thanks to its good layout. Despite their price point, you can use this little box to access more than 1000+ free and paid media streaming services including popular ones such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, HBO Go and Accu Radio.

Another cool feature worth mentioning is the cross platform search where you are able to search the movie or content that you want to watch and find out which channels that it is available one. This would save you a lot of time from browsing through the large array of channels. A notable downside to the LT is that it only supports up to 720p in HD mode so it might not be too suitable for extra large HDTVs. If getting 1080p is important for you, you might want to consider getting the black Roku 1 for just $10 extra.

Add on another $20 and you can get yourself the Roku 2. It comes with dual band wi-fi that allows for a more reliable content streaming experience. The remote that comes with the Roku 2 works on wi-fi where you do not need to point it at the streaming box for it to work. The remote also has a headphone jack where the audio on the TV would automatically mute once you plug in your headphones. This is one of my favorite features on the Roku 2.

For $100, you can get the Roku 3 that not only comes with the same nifty remote, but also some additional ports on the back of the box. This model comes with a Ethernet port, an SD card slot and more importantly a faster processor.


All-in-all, the Roku line of streaming media boxes have proven to be formidable competitors to the Apple TV and Google Chromecast, thanks to its extremely competitive pricing and its set of very practical, no-nonsense features. Regardless of the Roku model that you settle with, be rest assured that you will be getting a great value for your money.

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