Roku has unveiled its latest offering that's bound to catch the eye of budget-conscious consumers. The Roku Express 4K bundle, which includes the Roku Express 4K and the Voice Remote Pro, is set to hit the shelves exclusively on Amazon for a modest $50.
This announcement comes hot on the heels of Amazon's introduction of its new Fire TV Sticks 4K, making it an exciting time for those seeking affordable yet high-quality streaming experiences.
The Roku Express 4K is positioned as Roku's most affordable streaming device, yet it doesn't skimp on features. It supports 4K Ultra HD resolution, high dynamic range (HDR), including HDR10 and HDR10+, and comes equipped with dual-band wireless networks (2.4GHz and 5Hz) and a robust quad-core processor. These specifications ensure a smooth and high-quality streaming experience for users.
One of the standout features of Roku's streaming devices is their user-friendly operating system, Roku OS. Setting up the Roku Express 4K is a breeze—simply connect it to your TV using the provided HDMI cable, power it up, and connect to Wi-Fi. This straightforward process makes it accessible to users looking to add smart capabilities to their non-smart TVs.
Roku devices grant users access to a wide range of streaming services, including popular platforms like Hulu, Netflix, and Peacock, as well as free ad-supported TV (FAST) channels like the Roku Channel.
The Roku Express 4K's streaming experience is further enhanced by the inclusion of the Voice Remote Pro. This intuitive feature eliminates the need to press a microphone button, making voice commands effortless. For instance, users can say, "Hey Roku, where's my remote?" and the remote will emit a sound to help locate it.
Comparable to Amazon's premium offerings like the Omni Series TVs and the Fire TV Cube, the Voice Remote Pro offers robust voice controls at a fraction of the cost. Beyond voice functionality, it includes standard TV controls, a headphone jack for private listening, two customizable shortcut buttons, and dedicated channel shortcuts for popular services like Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV+, and Paramount+.
One of the convenient aspects of the Voice Remote Pro is its rechargeable battery. This eliminates the hassle of constantly replacing batteries, and the bundle even includes a micro USB charging cable for added convenience.
The Roku Express 4K also boasts compatibility with various smart home ecosystems, including Apple AirPlay for screen mirroring, as well as integration with HomeKit, Google Home, and Amazon Alexa.
Available for pre-order now, the Roku Express 4K and Voice Remote Pro bundle is attractively priced at $50. Shipping for pre-orders is scheduled to commence on October 3.