Roku's new $50 stick matches a quad-core CPU in a smaller body

Roku’s final Streaming Stick was loads of issues: Compact, cheap and excellent for bringing on trip. However you would not name it quick, per se. That is one thing Roku aimed to repair with the newest model of the Streaming Stick, which packs in a quad-core CPU to ship eight occasions the processing energy of its predecessor. Much more spectacular, this new Stick is nearly as small as a USB flash drive and it is nonetheless $50.

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Whereas the corporate will not discuss any RAM or storage enhancements, reps say they’ve tweaked the gadget’s antennas for higher reception. It does not help 802.11ac WiFi but, however you’ll be able to no less than get 5Ghz 802.11n. The brand new Stick sports activities Roku OS 7.1, which gives a number of enhancements in terms of following films and TV exhibits.

There’s additionally a barely redesigned distant, which is a bit smaller than Roku’s previous couple of remotes. Sadly, it does not have a headphone jack or voice management help. On the brilliant aspect, the brand new Roku cellular app gives each of these options. The power to stream audio from no matter you are watching proper out of your telephone, particularly, seems notably useful for all Roku customers.

In a quick demonstration with the Roku Stick sitting in an enclosed A/V cupboard, it was noticeably snappier than the earlier mannequin. Easy issues like navigating round menus shortly, or scrolling by means of Netflix titles, was virtually as clean because the extra highly effective Roku four. As a annoyed proprietor of the final Stick, this one appears like an enchancment in nearly each means.

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