A few years ago, I gave my parents-in-law a Chromecast for Christmas. They needed an easy way to watch Netflix and Chromecast was the hip, hot new thing. This will be perfect , I thought. I was wrong. The problems added up quickly.
The Roku Express depends on being in line of sight of its infrared remote, so you might want to stick it directly to the front of your TV. Little about that remote has changed either, save for a slightly different configuration of app shortcuts. Unfortunately, the Roku Express still relies on single-band If you have a newer router that uses A handy feature called Roku Feed is also available on both the player and the mobile app, letting you keep track of new TV episodes and movie price drops across various streaming services. The more substantial improvement is in the quality of individual apps, as Roku no longer allows new apps to use the tacky templates that once defined the platform.
Streaming 4K media is becoming more and more affordable. It supports 4K HDR10 video and has all of the apps and services available on other Roku devices, making it a very appealing budget purchase. Physically, the Roku Premiere is identical to the Roku Express. It's a small black plastic box measuring 0.
The Good The Roku Express is cheap, easy to use and loaded with streaming apps. The Bad It's slower, especially with Netflix, than alternatives that cost just a few bucks more. The Bottom Line The Express delivers everything good about Roku for a rock-bottom price, but it's worth spending a bit extra on a faster streamer. And in many ways Roku Express is a better product than Chromecast.