Roku 3 Review

Roku devices have been streaming Internet content since 2008. That would explain why every streaming content player, except for iTunes, supports the Roku brand. Unlike Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, Roku does not have any content to push for. Roku has also opted for the “open source” format, like Boxee, allowing 3rd parties to provide “Private Channels”, another source of content for the Roku devices.

The latest Roku generation (Gen 3), the Roku 3, has seen a major hardware upgrade and a complete UI redesigned and it paid off. The Roku 3 makes a (dumb) TV looks smart, the content is easy to get to and a lag free navigation system.

Roku 3 Specifications
Video Outputs720p / 1080p

Audio Output

Digital Over HDMI (7.1 and 5.1 surround pass through)
Storage ExpansionmicroSD card slot for additional game and channel storage

Remote Control

Built in headphone jack and motion-control (uses Wi-Fi Direct). Streaming player includes IR receiver (compatible with various universal remotes)


802.11 dual-band (a/b/g/n compatible) with WEP, WPA, and WPA2 support 10/100 Base-T Ethernet
USB Media FormatsVideo: MP4 (H.264), MKV (H.264)
udio: AAC, MP3
Image: JPG, PNG

Power Consumption

Less than 3.5W (typical) when streaming HD video


3.5 x 3.5 x 1 inches


5 ounces

Power Input

12V – 1A power adapter


The device is barely smaller than the Roku XS 2 (3.7 x 3.7 x 1.2 inches) although a bit heavier, 5 vs 3.5 oz. Which should help with placement because of the dangling cords. Personally, I am not concerned about the size, the device would be half hidden somewhere within the TV cabinet/stand area anyway. I do check for heat and adjust the placement for a better airflow if needed. A temperature check was performed after about one hour of streaming showed 94F on the top, the room temperature was 77F.

Roku 3 Review

The back side is compact and crowded with, a DC-IN, a reset slot, a 10/100 ethernet port, an HDMI and a Micro SD slot. On the side is a single USB port for playback media. Gone is the standard AV. Which probably helped with the size reduction.

Roku 3 ports

Roku 3 ports on the back of the device

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