Reviews are giving the Roku Streaming Stick 4K compliments on how well it carries its basic streaming features, and you just might too.
It may share fairly similar looks with the company’s previous generation model, but the Roku Streaming Stick 4K is undoubtedly a step up regardless of appearance.
According to BGR, with this product in particular, users get access to a nice selection of well known streaming services Disney+, Hulu, Netflix, and AppleTV+, but let’s take a closer look at it.
The updated media streaming device is around 3.7 inches in length and has a MicroUSB port that allows it to be powered through an outlet, though it can be plugged into the built-in USB port of a TV as well. What matters most, though, is how the remote itself is designed.
It’s fairly simple to navigate, and its thin frame sits comfortably in hand. However, it doesn’t come with a mic mute switch, headphone jack, or extra customizable buttons, unlike its more premium sibling (the Roku Streaming Stick 4K+). Nonetheless, it responds smoothly enough to voice commands and runs on two triple-A batteries.
Software and Other Features
The Roku Streaming Stick 4K comes with the company’s own software, HDR10 support, and Dolby Vision, guaranteeing a perfectly enjoyable viewing experience.
Its operating system follows a grid layout that shows you your various channels and apps; those who have no prior experience interacting with Roku products have nothing to worry about as the system is not too complex to get familiar with before long.
Beneath its hood is a trusty quad-core processor that allows the interface to function in a speedily responsive manner, quite comparable to the previous Streaming Stick+ model. Still, considering that the processor is technically faster on the 4K, this upgrade should somehow contribute to the newer product’s longevity.
Video and Audio Quality
Once more, the Roku Streaming Stick 4K operates with Dolby Vision and has HDR10 support, so anyone with a compatible television should be able to enjoy the benefits of these crisp video features.
To add to its perks, it boasts Dolby Atmos passthrough compatibility as well, allowing for enhanced audio experience for buyers with the right setup to support it. It’s a great alternative to pricey higher-end streaming devices such as Apple TV 4K or the Roku Ultra, especially since the earlier Streaming Stick+ did not offer Dolby Vision.
While the Roku Streaming Stick 4K isn’t quite on the level of something like the Apple TV, with its affordability, it is definitely good enough to mimic it whilst still clearly being its own thing. Overall, it is a powerful and compact device that does the job, and it seems to be hinting that Roku could be headed towards an even more exciting direction with its future products.