Amazon currently has the Roku Express 4K streaming stick on sale. For a small dollar you get an excellent alternative to the Fire TV devices from the shipping giant. Apple customers in particular should take a closer look.
Amazon is currently charging just €30.22 for the Roku Express 4K streaming stick. For comparison: The cheapest 4K version of the Fire TV Stick is €59.99 – is almost twice as expensive. Compared to the RRP of the Roku stick, which gives you a particularly good overview of the offers from Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ and Co., of €39.99 you save around 24 percent.
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Ease of use is a priority at Roku. This can also be clearly felt with the Roku Express 4K stick. Unlike the competition, no in-house streaming service is brought into focus. Instead, you get a neutral overview of all supported apps in the start menu. Advertising? Annoying banners cluttering the home page? Not with Roku!
The film and series pages seem ingenious. In the main menu you can simply search for the film or series you want and you will then be served a practical overview, which even sorts the titles by price. What more do you want?
The supplied remote control also impresses with its pragmatic design. However, voice control or the option to control your television is not included. Since Roku also uses an infrared remote control, unlike the Fire TV Stick, you need a connection to the stick without major sources of interference, but you can of course simply plug it into your TV as usual.
The good news first: The app range of the Roku Express 4K stick is constantly being expanded and is now almost perfect. All common applications such as Netflix, YouTube, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, WOW and Apple TV are supported. However, apps like Joyn and Twitch are missing. The latter should deter livestream fans. An overview of all supported apps can be found here.
Another advantage of the Roku Express 4K stick is the AirPlay2 support, which even the Fire TV Stick, which is twice as expensive, does not have on board. With Roku, you can cast movies and series directly from your iPhone to the TV.
The most important question of image quality remains. And we can reassure you here too. Then Roku’s 4K stick supports HDR10 and HDR10+ for a crystal clear picture, which in no way has to hide from the Fire TV Stick or the Fire TV Cube. Dolby Vision, on the other hand, is not supported, which is not surprising given the competitive price.
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By the way, you can also connect the stick to the Internet via an Ethernet adapter. Roku itself does not offer an in-house device for that skill extension, but there are numerous products from various other providers such as the UGreen Ethernet Adapter for currently €15.99.
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