Roku 2

Roku 2 Review | Prices, Features and Content

Information verified correct on March 30th, 2017

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A step up in speed from the previous model, Roku 2 is a seamless way to stream the hottest channels. Explore a variety of apps, tv shows and movies with Roku 2.

Roku 2 uses dual-band wireless and a fast processor to create a smooth streaming experience. The device provides access to thousands of popular channels, and can easily be connected to your HDTV.

Plus, Roku 2 is very mobile-compatible. If you are browsing apps like Netflix or Youtube on your smartphone, you can launch them straight to your TV with the Roku 2. Additionally, you can download the Roku app onto your IOS or Android to control playback, access voice search and more.

If you don’t have wireless, you can hook up your Roku 2 to an ethernet cable.

You can also stream with the device away from home with Hotel and Dorm Connect. This feature lets you stream from your wireless-enabled hotel room or dorm. All you have to do is use your Roku remote and your smartphone, tablet or laptop, and sign in with your login credentials. The Hotel and Dorm Connect feature only works with current generation Roku 2 models.

Price and packages

You can purchase your Roku 2 for a one-time, upfront price of $69.99. There are no monthly fees to maintain the streaming player itself. It can be purchased straight from the Roku website with free shipping, or you can buy it at retail stores like Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Radioshack, etc.

Should your Roku 2 disfunction or break, it is covered under a one year warranty.

Alternatively, if you are unsatisfied with your Roku 2 for any reason, you can take advantage of Roku’s 30-day, risk free, money-back guarantee.

What devices and platforms is Roku 4 compatible with?

You will need an HDTV.

Top picks for Roku 2

With the Roku 2, you can access 3,000 channels, and more than 300,000 movies and TV episodes. The device gives you the ability to search across 20 top streaming channels so you can find the best price and option.

Though most channels are free, select channels do require an additional subscription charge, or an on-demand fee.

The most popular streaming channels include:

The most popular TV shows include:

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Pros and Cons of Roku 2
Here are a few things you can expect from Roku 2:

Pros

  • One-time charge of $69.99 for the Roku 2 streaming player
  • Access to 3,000 channels on demand, and over 300,000 TV episodes and movies
  • Mobile app packed with features
  • Roku 2 can work without wireless if you have an ethernet cable
  • Hotel and Dorm Connect feature for streaming away from home

Cons

  • You still have to pay to subscribe to some channels
  • Remote does not have a headphone jack
  • Does not come and an HDMI cable

Verdict

If you have an HDTV and are looking for a way to stream your favorite tv shows and movies, Roku 2 offers a faster and smoother streaming experience than Roku 1. The device can integrate with your phone through the mobile app, and you can stream away from home with the Hotel and Dorm Connect feature.

It is important to note that for $30 more you can get the Roku 3, which comes with significantly more features. The Roku 3 includes a remote that has voice searching capabilities, and a headphone jack for private listening. The Roku 3’s remote also has motion control for a better gaming experience. However, if you are looking just to stream tv shows and movies, the Roku 2 is a great value and gets the job done with ease.

Frequently asked questions

Will Roku 2 work with my TV?

Roku 2 will work with almost all HDTVs. You can plug the device right into your TV or receiver. For an HD experience, you need a HDMI cable and an HDTV.

What do I need to set up?

To get started, you will need a wireless router, a power source, an HDMI cable, and an HDTV.

When you purchase a Roku 2, the box comes with the following: Roku 2 player, standard remote, two AA batteries, power adapter, quick start guide and special content offers.

Which player is right for me?

Roku comes in a few different generational models. Roku 1 is best for old TVs. The Roku Stick is usually deemed the best value, Roku 2 is a step up in speed from the previous model. The Roku 3 has more features, and will work well if you want the ability to play games and voice search. Roku 4 is the newest model, and offers 4K content viewing compatibility.

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