Roku 3

by Roku



by Google



by Plair Media

Price Best Price: $99.00
Best Price: $28.00
  • Low cost
  • Cross-platform: works with Android, iOS, Chrome OS, Mac, and Windows
  • Lets you put nearly any online video on your TV
  • Small form factor, very portable
  • Plays media directly from the Internet to your HDTV
  • Setup is simple when it works
  • No iOS setup at launch, but Google says it's coming
  • Crashes and errors if your Wi-Fi network isn't fast enough
  • Native app support limited to Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Music, and Google Play Movies & TV at first, but an SDK will let developers add support to more apps
  • iOS app can be buggy
  • Crashing required unplugging device
  • Doesn't work with Netflix, Hulu, and other sites
  • Odd shape can make it hard to plug in
At A Glance

The Roku 3 is a worthy successor to the 2 XS, with faster Wi-Fi, a headphone jack on the remote, and other hardware tweaks. Plus, it ushers in a much-improved user interface.

It needs more Android and iOS app support, but at just $35 the Chromecast is already a great value for YouTube junkies, Netflix aficionados, and cross-platform households.