Just over three month ago I posted my review of the budget ROKU streaming box, the ROKU LT. Since that review a lot has happened on the ROKU front. I decided that rather than post a “what’s new” styled post, I would actually review the flagship UK ROKU streaming box, the 2XS.
The ROKU 2 XS is £50 more expensive than the ROKU LT however in this review, we will ask weather that £50 increase is worth it and what do you actually get for your money.
[toggle title=”Cost & Purchasing” state=”open” ]The MSRP (Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price) of the ROKU 2XS is £99.99 and there are a number of UK locations who sell the product. Check out the ROKU website to find out who is selling them in the UK.
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- UK Power Adapter
- Gaming Remote
- RCA Cable
- ROKU 2XS Box
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USB Media Formats
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The ROKU 2XS has recently had an Interface Update (or a software update to us common folks) which has completely transformed the look and use experience of the ROKU box itself.
Long gone is the single horizontal channel listings and it has been replaced by a new, fancier and easier to navigate UI which I have to admit is miles nicer than it’s predecessor.
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- Set up your home router with a service like UnoTelly to unlock the US content for the UK (Box must be set up from scratch using this method)
- Take a look at the Roku Private Channel List as there are some great ones like JustinTV and NowhereTV
- Keep a laptop or phone nearby when setting this up as you will need it to use some of the channels
- Download the Roku App to use as a Remote Control, it helps for those “where is the remote” moments
- Download the Play To App from the ROKU store (this allows you to stream from another device in the same WiFi network to the ROKU)
[toggle title=”What’s The Difference?” state=”close” ]At the start of the review I asked the question, what does the ROKU 2XS offer over the ROKU LT and the answers are pretty simple, takes straight from the ROKU website it offers:
- 1080p Video Streaming
- Enhanced RF remote with motion control for games
- Ethernet port and USB port
- Expandable memory slot plus Bluetooth
[toggle title=”Conclusion” state=”open” ]When it comes to upgrades they are often at a major cost just as the upgrade from the LT to the 2XS is however in 90% of the cases the upgrade is noticeable and worth the additional outlay on cash…
The ROKU 2XS is no different, though £50 more than it’s younger sibling, the differences are astronomical. Not only can I now watch video in 1080p rather than 720p but I can now keep my children entertained for hours playing Angry Birds on a 50 inch television using the same remote control that I watch my movies etc.. with.
I have also found the Play To App to be one of the best additions ever as I can now play movies straight from my phone to my TV. Though this is not specific to the 2XS it’s a wonderful feature I just had to mention.
I have to admit that I haven’t yet found a use for the expandable memory slot however I have used several times the USB port to connect my HDD full of photos and movies. The addition of this port has expanded my use of the device considerably over the LT.
So in closing, would I advise you to buy the 2XS over the LT? Well to be honest I’d say no. Why? Well it’s simple, if you can live with 720p and have no interest in gaming or media sharing then the outlay of the £50 simply isn’t worth it however that said, if you consider yourself techy or an advanced user then you 100% must choose the 2XS for it’s additional features and ports. [/toggle]