In our review of the Roku 3 we concluded that the Roku 3 was among the best available set-top boxes on the market. It’s a fast, affordable device that is easy to use. But if you are still undecided about purchasing one, then it can help to see a list of the pros and cons to help you answer questions about concerns that you might still have.
Pros of the Roku 3
- Faster processor than earlier Roku versions. The menus move faster, and videos start quicker.
- Over 700 channels of content. This includes a wide variety of free and paid options.
- One time purchase. No monthly or yearly Roku charge. (But you will need to pay monthly subscription charges for Netflix, Hulu, and many of the other premium subscription channels that cost money.)
- Wired Ethernet port
- USB port
- Dual band wireless card makes it easier to connect to networks
- Remote control with a headphone jack lets you redirect the Roku audio from the TV through headphones connected to the remote
- Includes a MicroSD slot to expand the memory on the Roku 3 for additional channel downloads
- The user interface is incredibly simple to navigate
- The search feature makes it easy to find content
Cons of the Roku 3
- Some of the more popular channels do require a monthly subscription
- Only has an HDMI connection (but you can read this article to learn how to bypass that)
- Less expensive Roku models will be more than adequate for many people
- You either need an existing wireless network in your house to use it, or the Roku 3 needs to be located somewhere that it can easily connect to a wired network
- No comparable alternative to the Apple TV’s AirPlay
- No access to iTunes content
- Doesn’t come with an HDMI cable