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Link to the Roku Express: http://amzn.to/2flD1je
Roku Express Plus: http://amzn.to/2fd0svz
Link to Tape Strips for the Roku Express: http://amzn.to/2fcWuDw
Link to Scotch Double-side tape for Roku Express: http://amzn.to/2dUbswY
Today I am reviewing the all-new Roku Express streaming media player. The Roku Express is the least expensive Roku currently on the market and is also probably the least expensive streaming player on the market. It competes directly with the Fire TV Stick, though it’s currently a bit cheaper than the Fire TV Stick. The Roku Express is a pretty simple device that measures just 3.3 inches by 1.4 inches by just 0.7 inches thick. The body of the device is made from plastic and has a HDMI port, a micro usb port and reset button on the rear face. The express connects to TVs via the provided HDMi cable, so this should work fine for most modern Flatscreen TVs. However, if you have an older TV that only has an RCA input, you can get the Roku Express Plus, which has both HDMI and RCA outputs. I’ll leave links to both models below. The Roku Express is powered through the provided micro usb to USB cable which can either connect to a USB port on the TV or can be powered from a wall outlet using the provided AC adapter. Unlike Roku’s streaming stick or the Fire Tv Stick, which have radio frequency remotes, the express has a standard IR remote. And this means that the express needs to be visible to you when you press the remote. So Roku recommends mounting the Roku Express on the bottom of the TV’s bezel, as you can see here. You could also mount it on the table, right in front of the TV’s stand or even on the top bezel of the TV. They provide a strip of double-sided with the device to help you mount it. More about the tape in a minute. However, you can’t mount it behind the TV or underneath your TV’s table. The remote just won’t work. And talking about remotes, the Express comes with a simple, yet pretty standard Roku remote with quick buttons for Netflix, Hulu, Sling and Vudu. Very comfortable responsive and easy to use. And since this is an IR remote, you can use either a Universal remote instead or even program it into your television provider’s remote. You can also use Roku’s smartphone app to control the TV. And the app is pretty useful when you’re typing in passwords or just searching for stuff within apps. The entire system is pretty simple to setup. And I’ve put up a separate, detailed setup video, so feel free to check that out. The Roku Express’s interface is a standard Roku interface, that’s meant to make streaming online videos easier and much more comfortable. It has all your your popular apps, like Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, HBO and Amazon Instant Video, arranged in tiles on the Home Screen. And all those apps actually performed surprisingly well. The device didn’t hang or freeze up at any point and was surprisingly pretty fast when navigating through menus. Playback was also flawless on all the popular apps that I tested and the 1080p resolution kept things pretty sharp. It doesn’t playback media in 4K and can only do a maximum of Full HD. But for this price point, I doubt anyone would complain. In addition to the most popular apps, Roku’s expansive app store also has a massive selection of apps for almost any streaming service on the planet. The Express also gives you the option of renting or buying TV shows and movies through Fandango Now’s extensive selection. Overall, the interface is very simple to navigate through and I was actually pretty surprised by how responsive it was, especially considering this is a $30 streaming device. The only gripe I have though, is with the provided double-sided tape. It’s just not very good quality tape and doesn’t stick very well and your device won’t really stick properly to your TV, especially over a longer period of time. So while Roku figures out where to buy better good double-sided tape, I recommend two options. If you have regular scotch double-sided tape lying around, use that instead. It will be a bit harder to pry it off the TV when it’s time to sell your Tv or your Roku Express, but it will work. And if you want something that’s easier to peel off, use these self-adhesive strips, that come with removal handles. I’ll leave links to both the scotch tape and the strips below. However, I do hope Roku provides slightly better tape in the future.Despite that minor hiccup, the Roku Express is truly an amazing device. It’s simple and inexpensive, yet packs a lot of functionality and performs surprisingly well. It’s a small and worthwhile investment, to turn a regular TV into a Smart TV.
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