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Roku Streaming Stick Review and Giveaway

Danny Stieben 23-05-2014

The latest rage in media streamers are small form-factor “streaming sticks”. The Chromecast was the first device to create this new category Google Chromecast Review and Giveaway We're giving away a Google Chromecast, so read through our review, then join the competition to win! Read More , but it’s no longer the only choice. Roku has made its competing Roku Streaming Stick that is similarly priced and supposedly offers all of the features Roku is known for.


Does the Roku Streaming Stick deliver on these promises? Is it worth the price? We’ll take a look at all of this and much more. And at the end of the review, you’ll have a chance to win one for yourself!

About the Roku Streaming Stick

The $49 Roku Streaming Stick is Roku’s attempt to compete with Google’s Chromecast. The idea behind the two is very similar – instead of using a relatively large box for all of your media streaming needs, you can simply carry around a dongle-sized stick that can do most if not all of the same things. The main benefits behind this idea is that the media stick is small, easy to hide, and cheap – the Chromecast only costs $35 and the Roku Streaming Stick slightly more, at $50.

roku streaming stick review boxed


While the Roku Streaming Stick is a competitor to virtually every media streaming device out there, including the Apple TV and Roku 3 (which we reviewed Roku 3 Review and Giveaway As more content becomes available online, the need for a traditional television subscription may not be enough anymore to justify the costs. If you’re already subscribed to services like Netflix or Hulu Plus, now may... Read More ), its biggest and direct competitor is definitely the Chromecast.

Although it’s more expensive than the Chromecast, its main advantage is that there are far more services that can be played via the Roku Streaming Stick which is around 1,200 services compared to just 17 (not including the Chromecast’s ability to display any Chrome tab on a computer). The Roku Streaming Stick even comes with its own remote, which the Chromecast doesn’t. However, there are still various other factors that can come into play, such as the device’s performance, as to whether one is necessarily a better overall choice than the other.

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Unboxing, Design, and Specifications

The device comes in a pretty small box. Included is the streaming stick, a USB cable to plug in to power the device, a USB power brick for a wall socket in case your TV doesn’t have a USB port, a user manual, and a remote with a pack of batteries for it. The remote is a nice addition, but it’s lacking the nifty headphone jack built into the side.

roku streaming stick review contents

The stick is 3.1 x 1.1 x .5 inches and weighs 0.64 ounces. That’s quite comparable to the Chromecast – it’s a bit longer, not quite as wide, and about just as thick, but almost half the weight. It also includes dual-band 802.11n WiFi instead of the Chromecast’s single-band 802.11n WiFi, and both devices support up to 1080p resolution. The Roku offering also allows 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound via HDMI, while the Chromecast leaves that question unanswered.

roku streaming stick review size comparison chromecast

First Run

When you start the Roku Streaming Stick for the first time, you’ll need to connect it to your WiFi and then log into your Roku account using your phone or computer – an account is required. It will then automatically start downloading all of the services that you’ve already added to your account, if any. You will however still need to log in to all of those services individually as it doesn’t remember the your credentials. Then you’re ready for the the full Roku experience.

roku streaming stick interface update

The Good Stuff

Here is where the Roku Streaming Stick absolutely shines. The stick supports all of the existing products and services that the other Roku devices support, which means that it can play over 1,200 different sources. This includes all of the major providers such as Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu. There doesn’t appear to be a limit on the number of services you can install to the stick.

roku streaming stick review interface apps

Better yet, the Roku Streaming Stick offers the killer feature that Roku devices are known for – the ability to search across all of your installed services. This means that if you have Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other services, you can use the Roku’s search functionality and find whatever you’re looking for no matter where it originates.

roku streaming stick review interface universal search

You do have the option to control the Roku through smartphone apps, but a remote is included anyway. It’s very handy to have while navigating the interface on the Roku Streaming Stick (which is identical the Roku 3). It’d be nice to have the headphone jack included in the remote, but that would undoubtedly have increased the price.


Because the stick comes fitted with a processor that’s similar to that found in the Roku 1, but includes the latest versions of all services (the same versions that the Roku 3 runs), there are some performance hits. Thankfully, the performance issues isn’t noticeable during playback or while navigating through the interface, but is when loading a service.

YouTube takes a whopping 30 seconds to load, while the Chromecast takes approximately 5 seconds. Maybe these are bugs that can still be fixed, but the problem is present nonetheless. It’d be great if the stick included a better processor, but I assume that the Roku 2 or Roku 3 chips either wouldn’t fit in that small amount of space or would have needed more power than an HDMI port can supply.

roku streaming stick review plugged into tv

Don’t dwell on that fact though – the performance is far from bad. Besides the loading times, the interface and playback is smooth, which is what you’ll be doing 99% of the time anyways.

Compared to the Chromecast

We’ve made quite a few comparisons to the Chromecast throughout the review, but let’s talk in a general sense about the two experiences. The Chromecast acts more like a receiver stick which can take certain things from your smart device or computer and throw it onto the TV screen. But that’s all you can do – you can’t really interact with the device directly. Everything from the content to settings changes need to be made with an app on a different device. And the fact that the Chromecast only has 17 supported services at time of writing does feel pretty lackluster when you think about it.

The Roku Streaming Stick, on the other hand, is like a regular media streaming box, except it’s crammed into a smaller space and is relatively cheaper (but still more expensive than the Chromecast). You can interact with it directly, and it even comes with a remote. It’s indistinguishable from any other Roku experience, albeit with slower app loading times. Do I need to mention again that it supports over 1,200 different services?


Overall, I would definitely recommend the Roku Streaming Stick. I had really hoped that more services would be made available for the Chromecast, but progress on that end has been moving at a snail’s pace. You can simply do so much more with the Roku offering, and you’re only investing $15 more for a far more capable device. I’m sure you can sacrifice three drinks from Starbucks to pay the difference, right?

Our verdict of the Roku Streaming Stick:
MakeUseOf recommends: Buy – the higher price compared to the Chromecast is worth all of the extras you get!
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  1. Anonymous
    August 30, 2015 at 6:29 am

    After logging on to ROKU account, my HBO-GO programs are often interrupted with the annoying "LOADING,PLEASE WAIT" message whereas this rarely happens on NETFLIX. Is there anything I can do on my client side or is this strictly a server issue?

  2. Ancilla J.
    June 7, 2014 at 3:03 am

    I would choose the Roku stick. I like the availability of more apps.

  3. Ryan
    June 6, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Chromecast ! because its Google ! :D

  4. Rachel B
    June 6, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I'd choose the Roku for greater choice

  5. Robin G
    June 6, 2014 at 12:55 am

    I have an older Roku and LOVE it! I would prefer the Roku streaming stick because I've used the brand before, and it's a great product.

  6. Paula Phillips
    June 5, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    I would pick the Roku it offers more choices.

  7. Serg
    June 5, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    more services available on roku

  8. Lo
    June 5, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Roku has a lot more services than Chromecast

  9. Ron Boman
    June 5, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    More options with Roku

  10. Rebecca S
    June 5, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    more services available on roku

  11. Charlie
    June 5, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Roku because it offers more services.

  12. Charlie
    June 5, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Roku because it offers more services.

  13. Charlie
    June 5, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Roku because it offers more services.

  14. Charlie
    June 5, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Roku because it offers more services.

  15. Nancy B
    June 4, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Definitely would go with ROKU! if I had a flat screen this could plug into it would be great... so I'm buying a box Roku instead!

  16. Maricel
    June 4, 2014 at 9:41 am

    I would pick the roku streaming stick because it supports 1200 different services and it comes with a remote.

  17. Jayendran
    June 4, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Chromecast, because it couple with Google

  18. Daniel Ooi
    June 4, 2014 at 8:47 am

    I would choose Roku Streaming Stick because it support more services than chromecast.

  19. RKB
    June 3, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Roku, more versatile.

  20. Emh-el L
    June 3, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Base on the review I prefer roku its much easy to use :) hope to win btw is this an international giveaway?

  21. Aleksey S
    June 3, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I'd like to try Roku, as it will be very useful for me.

  22. Nicole B
    June 3, 2014 at 1:55 am

    I would definitely choose Roku because of the speed and the easiness of hooking it up!!

  23. ita9080
    June 3, 2014 at 12:20 am

    It seems very intuitive and entertaining. Likes

  24. Bogdan
    June 2, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Chromecast, because I like Google.

  25. Sam K
    June 2, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    I would choose Roku because i'm used to it.

  26. Alex
    June 2, 2014 at 9:33 am

    I would choose the Roku because this review has proven its superior to the chromecast.

  27. Ryan Morin
    June 1, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    I would pick the Roku Streaming Stick because of its speed!

  28. Heather Reiter
    June 1, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    I have a roku on one of my TV's and I love it. I want another one for my other TV. love it

  29. Subhojoy Kukali
    June 1, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    I would choose Roku because I want to try something new and Roku gives us more choices than Chromecast

  30. Jim Forrester
    June 1, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    i like the Roku for its ease and not having to hook up my PC to the TV

  31. maria cristina
    June 1, 2014 at 9:58 am

    I would love to win first, and then I would love to try the roku because i need it for my home.
    Good luck everybody

  32. Helena
    June 1, 2014 at 8:30 am

    I would love to win first, and then I would love to try the roku because i need it for my home.
    Good luck everybody!

  33. Aleksandr Chernyy
    June 1, 2014 at 6:43 am

    I would choose Roku because I want to try something new and Roku gives us more choices than Chromecast

  34. Amanda Creen
    June 1, 2014 at 3:43 am

    Roku: So I can finally move this stupid Wii out of my living room into the kids room.

  35. Christina D
    May 31, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    I would choose Roku because I am familiar with what it offers and because several of my friends and family use them too.

  36. Amit Konstabler
    May 31, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Chromecast , cheaper

  37. ??????? ??????
    May 31, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Like chromecast but roku looks promising

  38. Mukola Obizuyk
    May 31, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    I would love to try the Roku first.

  39. Victor Obizuyk
    May 31, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Roku. Because it does more.

  40. Florentin
    May 31, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    The choice is Roku for the large compatibility

  41. Dmitriy S
    May 31, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Roku for sure!

  42. Mere Verzi
    May 31, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Roku because do more the the other and is something new for me. :)

  43. Shemp DeYoung (@shempgames)
    May 31, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    I would love to try the Roku first.

  44. Stephen L
    May 31, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Roku. Because it does more.

  45. Karin Shaim
    May 31, 2014 at 11:19 am

    the roku one!

  46. Al
    May 31, 2014 at 8:59 am

    The roku, because it appears to have a wider selection

  47. Darrell Bowman
    May 31, 2014 at 1:48 am

    Roku's been doing it longer, but I'd have to look into the Chromecast. Answer? I don't know yet. I'll take the Roku for free though :-)

  48. Michael
    May 31, 2014 at 1:12 am

    Like chromecast but roku looks promising

  49. Stephen R
    May 31, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Roku Streaming Stick 4 me... chromecast will be something I will get in d future but Ruku for me for netflix

  50. Helen S
    May 30, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Roku - because it's a more powerful device

  51. Tony G
    May 30, 2014 at 8:12 am

    I would pick the roku for the expanded capabilities and services.

  52. Bill Fleet
    May 30, 2014 at 3:27 am

    The Roku seems to have the comfort level of more mature software and platform, so that's probably the one I'd get.

  53. Jenny
    May 29, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Definitely Roku stick! I already have the box so it would let me watch my stuff at mom's house

  54. Harry Baker-Farmer
    May 29, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Roku because you can do more with it

  55. Jonathan
    May 29, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Roku, because of the wider selection of services.

  56. Todd H
    May 29, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Even though Chromecast has the "Power" of Google behind it, the Roku has been at market for longer. I would have to go with the Roku because it has had more time to mature.

  57. Barbara Handley
    May 29, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I have not tried Roku yet but I am very interested as it seems to fulfill my needs. The extra channels would be very welcome. I know people who recommend Roku as their choice.

  58. Peter Hewitt
    May 29, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Roku seems to give more choice at the moment

  59. David Vessey
    May 29, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I've tried the Chromecast and remain on the fence, so willing to give Roku a go!

  60. Pat E.
    May 29, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Roku - because of the extra channels and because it's not Google

  61. glenn hutton
    May 29, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Roku Streaming Stick because of the extra channels

  62. Woody
    May 29, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I have a Roku for one of my TV's and love it the stick sounds great, more features and support than the cromecast, and i like the little remote.

  63. Caroline Clarke
    May 29, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I would choose Roku because I have been wanting to try it for over a year now.

  64. Joses L
    May 29, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Roku... because MakeUseOf says so. XD

  65. Vivek S
    May 29, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Maybe Roku. My friend has a Chromecast, but he told me that he would like a Roku better. He only opted for the Chromeast for lower price

  66. Taiyewo A
    May 29, 2014 at 3:15 am

    Roku Streaming Stick...because of all the extra channel access

  67. Teresa Organ
    May 29, 2014 at 2:36 am

    Oops! I forgot to say why. I just think that it would be a good one to have.

  68. Teresa Organ
    May 29, 2014 at 2:35 am

    Roku Streaming Stick

  69. Nick Gonzalez
    May 29, 2014 at 2:35 am

    I would choose Roku cause it's not Google

  70. Steve G
    May 28, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    I have an existing Roku HD and I like the way it works, I guess brand loyalty is why I'd pick a Roku stick over Chromecast.

  71. Charity C
    May 28, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Roku, it seems to be a trusted brand.

  72. Mike Bates
    May 28, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I definitely would choose the Roku. It has many more channels and I like that you can search for a show across channels.

  73. Mary Harrell
    May 28, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Absolutely will buy for the many features and speed.

  74. Gregori G
    May 28, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I would prefer ROKU since it has a lot more options and does not require another device turned to control it. Also because seems like a SmartTV working out of the box. The only missing feature in Roku (which I researched is not possible now) is streaming any web browser page to it. That way one could watch online movies from other than ROKU apps.

  75. Matt
    May 28, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Roku. More options

  76. Nanao
    May 28, 2014 at 10:45 am

    The roku Streaming Stick because it seems that it has more interesting features than its Chromcast competitor. Therefore, I think the Roku Streaming Stick is the one I would buy.

  77. Dan Peters
    May 28, 2014 at 7:26 am

    I would choose the Roku over the Chromecast due to it giving you so many more options of what to watch.

  78. professandobey
    May 28, 2014 at 7:01 am

    I'd have to try the streaming stick first to see if the lag matters to us.

  79. Bill
    May 28, 2014 at 4:36 am


  80. Luis Z
    May 28, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Roku. Chromecast is too limited when compared.

  81. Ramon Martinez
    May 28, 2014 at 2:48 am

    Roku is more preferable because I think it is more established compared to other brands.

  82. Jon Galt
    May 28, 2014 at 12:54 am

    I have a Roku 3. I don't know if I have access to 1200 services, but so far my experience has been that only a very few are free. However, the Roku is a little better than Apple iTV, but not much.

    FWIW, the iTV has nothing for free except for whatever content you already own that exists on your other home computers. It is a "walled garden."

    I wouldn't waste your money on any of these. You can do better if you're looking for something that actually offers "free" entertainment.

    Think XBMC and Google Play.

  83. Todd
    May 27, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    No, I do not have wifi in my house.

  84. LouPop13
    May 27, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    I have no idea what it is, but I have a friend who I think would like one... :)

  85. DAN J
    May 27, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Simple... Roku

  86. Mike
    May 27, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Based on everything I have heard about Roku and Chromecast and my father's experience with Roku boxes for years, I would choose the Roku stick over the Chromecast. I think the main issue is Chromecast compatibility and reliance on Android mobile devices. Roku is much more established with a much bigger selection of channels. Although I love my Apple TV, the lack of channels compared to Roku is disappointing, especially with Airplay does not always work properly on every website and media source.

  87. Doug
    May 27, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    What about web browsing with Roku?

  88. Paul Welford
    May 27, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Roku gets more channels and has a remote. Easy choice.

  89. Elizabeth K
    May 27, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    I like the extras with Roku

  90. Michael
    May 27, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    The Roku has more options.

  91. Rebecca P
    May 27, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Honestly, I don't know enough to choose. Although, your review would probably make me buy one if I were in the market.

  92. jlp
    May 27, 2014 at 3:40 pm


  93. Richard
    May 27, 2014 at 3:09 pm


  94. Stephen G.
    May 27, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    I would pick the Roku Streaming Stick. I have two Roku 2 XSes, and they have served my family well, so I know the Roku services and channels work. In contrast, though the Chromecast wins on price, each time I'm tempted to buy one on that basis, I have to admit to myself that I don't much use devices with which the Chromecast functions.

  95. Ashley
    May 27, 2014 at 8:09 am

    I'd probably still go with the Chromecast because I love Google and Chrome so much, and I'm cheap, heh

  96. David S
    May 27, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Roku > Chromecast because $15 dollars more gets you 1200 channels instead of 17!

  97. Nikša T
    May 27, 2014 at 7:40 am

    I would because of the services and easy of use

  98. Jack
    May 27, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Roku seems to offer more.

  99. Thomas S
    May 27, 2014 at 4:56 am

    I'd pick Roku for all the services it offers.

  100. Cora R
    May 27, 2014 at 1:48 am

    Ruko seems to have more features.

  101. Wei Lian L
    May 27, 2014 at 12:37 am

    I haven't tried any of them but if I had to choose I would choose the Roku Stick simply because it has more to offer.

  102. Katharine W
    May 26, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    I'd pick the Roku for the remote.

  103. Ashley M
    May 26, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Roku based on your recommendation.

  104. Kevin
    May 26, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    I like that it has a dedicated remote, vs the Chromecast, which is pretty great too.

  105. Shannon Cross
    May 26, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Roku seems to offer more.

  106. Peggy Cole
    May 26, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    I am more familiar with Roku than Chromecast, so I think I would like the Roku better.

  107. TaniaM
    May 26, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    I wil pick the Roku for the amount of services it offers.

  108. Andre O.
    May 26, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    While the Chromecast looks pretty good, I would pick the Roku streaming stick.

  109. Paul G
    May 26, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    I would pick the Roku for the amount of services!

  110. Julie
    May 26, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    roku for extra features

  111. Victoria E
    May 26, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    I'd pick the roku as I have heard so much about it!

  112. Travis Faulkner
    May 26, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    I picked up a Roku a few years ago and love it so I'd probably go with Roku again but I have heard good things about the Chromecast

  113. Thomas Gerber
    May 26, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Roku --- I've heard good things.

  114. Tiffany D
    May 26, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    The Roku mainly because of Category 5 TV.

  115. Brent MacLeod
    May 26, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Roku. More stuff!

  116. Arena T
    May 26, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Because i'm already familiar with the roku system

  117. John P
    May 26, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    I already have a Roku 2 and I love it. I'd love to expand with the Roku stick rather than the Chromecast.

  118. Barrie
    May 26, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I would definitely choose Roku!

  119. Endracion
    May 26, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Definitely, the extra features do seem worth it.

  120. Kateryna K
    May 26, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Roku, because I've heard great reviews about it

  121. Goldseemon
    May 26, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Roku Streaming Stick, because it provides much more services compared to the Chromecast, and seriously, i've never even heard about Chromecast before this, which i went a did some research on myself and found out it's pretty pointless to even research about it lol and seriously, i've never even heard about Chromecast before this

  122. Goldseemon
    May 26, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Roku Streaming Stick, because it provides much more services compared to the Chromecast, and seriously, i've never even heard about Chromecast before this, which i went a did some research on myself and found out it's pretty pointless to even research about it lol

  123. Zeze
    May 26, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Roku have more channels

  124. Stephen Saad
    May 26, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    I would go with Roku, because chromecast doesn't really do what I need of it, and Roku seems to have much more option. At least for now. Expect lots of great things from Google in the future.

  125. Alex L
    May 26, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Yes, better support. actual remote.

  126. Rick
    May 26, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    I would pick the Roku because of its features.

  127. Paul Wilson
    May 26, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Chromecast - I think that ultimately it will have better support.

  128. Zak L
    May 26, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Roku, because you can do more than Chromecast for almost the same price.

  129. tim
    May 26, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    I have a Nexus 5 so I would probably go with the Chromecast.

  130. Nabil Z
    May 26, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    The Roku because The chromecast is a total loss of money

  131. Crystal E
    May 26, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I would go with the Roku! We have a Roku 2 in my sons play room and I love all the features and channel selection that they offer!

  132. Fatima
    May 26, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Roku Stick.. cause its much more cooler

  133. Sa J
    May 26, 2014 at 1:02 pm


    Amazon and/or Best Buy (can't remember which) has some pretty bad reviews of the Chromecast. I have a Roku box, the first version. It'd be nice to upgrade to the stick.

  134. Debby S
    May 26, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Roku, other than being slow offers more than broadcast

  135. Simone
    May 26, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Roku, greater support than chromecast

  136. Cathy E
    May 26, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Roke - I have a Roku and it's been great! I'd love to give the new style a try.

  137. Anand P
    May 26, 2014 at 7:54 am

    I can't tell you without using the Product itself, but Roku's Review are positive.

  138. jarvis j
    May 26, 2014 at 7:28 am

    ROKU has better cool features

  139. Jonas E
    May 26, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Roku, because it's not as limited as chromecast is

  140. Lorenzo S
    May 26, 2014 at 6:46 am

    I'd like to take a device like the Chromecast, but I never liked it because of its limitations, Roku I think is much better even if its price is bigger than the Chromcast.

  141. Geovanna Toliver
    May 26, 2014 at 5:22 am

    I would choose the Roku over the Chromecast because the choice is obvious, more services and a remote control.

  142. Anonymous
    May 26, 2014 at 3:26 am

    Roku is better!!

  143. april
    May 26, 2014 at 3:15 am

    I would probably pick the roku one because I have experience with roku products already

  144. Jonathan H
    May 26, 2014 at 2:19 am

    I'd pick the Roku

  145. David S
    May 26, 2014 at 2:04 am

    I would choose the Roku because of the number of apps supported, dual band WiFI, surround sound and also the remote control.

  146. Sharon Haas
    May 26, 2014 at 1:33 am

    I have a Chromecast and find it cumbersome and limiting. I think the Roku would do all that I had hoped the Chromecast was going to do when I ordered it.

  147. Nate
    May 26, 2014 at 1:31 am

    Roku has more options than the chromecast.

  148. Mike
    May 26, 2014 at 1:02 am

    Roku. I already have the other roku unit and its solid.

  149. Carol Oddy
    May 26, 2014 at 12:58 am

    I would pick the Roku stick because it comes with remote control.

  150. matt
    May 26, 2014 at 12:56 am

    roku it seems better

  151. Julian
    May 25, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Roku as it seems much more capable.

  152. Andrew
    May 25, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    I'd pick the Roku, because it's so much more capable than the Chromecast.

  153. Chris P
    May 25, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    the roku for 15 more bucks i get all i need

  154. Lane P.
    May 25, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Roku,because of brand loyalty and the extra features.

  155. Peter Greene
    May 25, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    I have two Chromecasts and they work perfectly for me. I'm not sure what I would do with 1,200 apps when all I need are a handful of content providers like Netflix and HBO GO. I like that I can use my phone or tablet to control the tv. It is so much more convenient that using a remote.

  156. Jason England
    May 25, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Chromecast, I like it's setup better

  157. Ron Ablang
    May 25, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I honestly don't know which one I'd pick.

  158. Salvador H
    May 25, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    after this review, I would pick the Roku

  159. Greta
    May 25, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Have to agree with most everyone else, I would prefer the Roku Streaming Stick because of its greater range of services. Worth the extra compared to Chromecast. Roku seems to have it all covered.

  160. Brian B
    May 25, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    I would pick the roku stick because I could use plex and also it has over 1,200 channels!!!!!

  161. Mihir C
    May 25, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Roku, for the extra features it offers!

  162. What name?
    May 25, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Either or. If you look hard enough you should be able to stream anything.

  163. Brian Kautz
    May 25, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Chromecast, for the price

  164. Steven R
    May 25, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    I would definitely take the Roku streaming stick over the Chromecast. I own a Roku HD and absolutely love it. With the Roku, I've been able to completely "cut the cable."

  165. Ted W
    May 25, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    well, other than greater selection, it isn't google.

  166. Peter D
    May 25, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Roku Stick - more choice for what I tend to watch.

  167. Jarred S
    May 25, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    As almost everyone else seems to be saying I would go with the roku, the vast difference in available content easily outweighs the slight price difference.

  168. AlSam
    May 25, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    App availability is greater on the Roky than Chromecast.

  169. Debra P
    May 25, 2014 at 10:06 am

    The Roku has better and more features and it's purple ;).

  170. Timothy C
    May 25, 2014 at 9:45 am

    roku streaming stick. more features. what use is a streaming stick that doesnt stream any services?

  171. Brian L
    May 25, 2014 at 9:22 am

    roku because like everyone is saying more channels than chromecast

  172. Ari T
    May 25, 2014 at 7:05 am

    The chromecast has all the services I use for now and more will be added. It might be worth it to save the $15.

  173. Brady W
    May 25, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Roku would be my choice because more is better.

  174. Barb
    May 25, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Roku - for the searching.

  175. Stephanie S
    May 25, 2014 at 4:55 am

    Definitely, I choose the Roku stick! Just the fact that it has over 1200 sources of entertainment alone makes the additional $15 worth it. I want one! :)

  176. Doris G
    May 25, 2014 at 4:30 am

    more features

  177. Eustacia M
    May 25, 2014 at 4:27 am

    I would choose the Roku because it has many more capabilities than the Chromecast.

  178. Suresh V
    May 25, 2014 at 4:26 am

    I would pick Roku becuase it has more features.

  179. Johncee D
    May 25, 2014 at 4:13 am

    I would pick Roku because it offers many more services.

  180. Damien C
    May 25, 2014 at 4:06 am

    Roku has more features

  181. Junil M
    May 25, 2014 at 4:02 am

    I'd pick roku streaming stick cause it has more channels than chromecast.

  182. Dave B
    May 25, 2014 at 3:53 am

    Hands down, roku is the winner by 1183 votes!

  183. Bill M
    May 25, 2014 at 2:52 am

    I'd pick the Roku. A bit greater expense far outweighed by performance and features(Like 1183 more channels).

  184. Sean M
    May 25, 2014 at 2:46 am

    Roku. It has so much more.

  185. Patty B
    May 25, 2014 at 2:46 am

    The number of services is impressive compared to chromecast

  186. Amanda
    May 25, 2014 at 2:40 am

    Ruku Steaming stick over Chromcast because you just get more.

  187. Raul Jara
    May 25, 2014 at 2:29 am

    Roku because is a standalone stick

  188. Jacob LaFountaine
    May 25, 2014 at 2:00 am

    I have both and it is a close battle but the Roku stick is just a bit easier to use because it is a complete package without having to have your phone/tablet nearby

  189. Jim Morgan
    May 25, 2014 at 1:51 am

    The Roku definitely has the edge because of its expanded capability.

  190. Dany B
    May 25, 2014 at 1:19 am

    I would love Roku its more performant.

  191. Jacob
    May 25, 2014 at 1:17 am

    I would pick Roku because, honestly, I find Google a bit intrusive and don't need them in my house even more than they are

  192. Anonymous
    May 25, 2014 at 12:59 am

    I would go Roku as I hate google and chrome . Too many security and privicy issues.

  193. Gaurav Bhargava
    May 25, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Roku for features/channels.

  194. Theresa A
    May 25, 2014 at 12:18 am

    I would pick the Roku stick because of its reputation as an awesome streaming device.

  195. David Yang
    May 25, 2014 at 12:05 am

    I would pick the Roku stick because of its reputation and reviews.

  196. justin f
    May 24, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    probably the roku, less confusing

  197. txvoodoo
    May 24, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    I'd choose the Roku stick, because I have a Roku and it's been great!

  198. Phillip
    May 24, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    The Roku because it has more services and I want to have more choices.

  199. Linda F
    May 24, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Roku would be for me. Because better everything.

  200. Paul Y
    May 24, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Roku, has more accessible channels

  201. lp
    May 24, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    definintely Roku. it just offers so much more. great review of the product as well. thanks

  202. kp
    May 24, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    I'd choose the Roku stick. It offers more bang for the buck for sure. It's lighter as well.

  203. Aaron
    May 24, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Roku for features, Chromecast for price

  204. Mystic M
    May 24, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Roku is better because it has been around longer and has more channels.

  205. Lori P
    May 24, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Definitely the Roku Streaming Stick. Would use it mostly for Netflix but like the huge library of available channels.

  206. Dan D
    May 24, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    The Roku Streaming Stick since it seems to be the better value.

  207. Va D
    May 24, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    I do have a Chromecast but if you say the Roku Streaming Stick is better I guess I will believe you for now.

  208. Keith W
    May 24, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    The Roku is more flexible.

  209. Cesar
    May 24, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I'd choose roku for the flexibility.

  210. Cesar
    May 24, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    I'd choose roku for the flexibility.

  211. Denis K
    May 24, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    I would choose Roku because it gives access to streaming entertainment

  212. Fran Viera
    May 24, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Roku Streaming Stick for sure. Who wouldn't want more channels!

  213. Mary W
    May 24, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Roku for me. It is clearly the better product for the money with more choices, a remote and a great review.

  214. Angela
    May 24, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Roku because it offers more channels and it looks really easy to use .

  215. Anne F
    May 24, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    I would pick the Roku because it has more resources

  216. Albert
    May 24, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    I pick the Roku stick since it plays from way more sources than the Chromecast.

  217. sandra
    May 24, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    I will probably choose the roku so that we can stream shows and movies at home

  218. Mark
    May 24, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    I would/will get the Roku Streaming stick since it has all of the Roku3 pieces w/1200+ channels. I almost got the chromecast when it first came out, but I think waiting (procrastinating really) was worth it. I see the Roku stick as the centerpiece for cutting cable and with a subscription to, I can get all local channels.

  219. Paul S
    May 24, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    It's been said long before my note: why would ANYONE prefer a 12- or 17-item service when $15 extra spent gets you more than a thousand…. Obviously I don't remember the actual numbers, but a chrome stick just doesn't do it for me.

  220. Ria A
    May 24, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Roku streaming stick ofcourse, coz it have more features

  221. Joshua Rivera
    May 24, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Neither. Amazon Fire TV

  222. Mario L
    May 24, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Great review! Thanks for the opportunity!

  223. Chip
    May 24, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    I would pick the roku for 2 reasons:
    - my wife would hate the chromecast if I exposed her to it (we own one)
    - more channels

  224. Angela
    May 24, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    I have a Chromecast & while it's cool & convenient, I think I would prefer the greater access to services and integration. The Chromecast is much more basic than the Roku Streaming Stick. The slowness is annoying but I deal with that via Netflix (especially) & other services through my TV apps so I suppose I would survive!

  225. Stephen Starr
    May 24, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    This looks like an ideal gadget for someone who doesn't have a "smart" tv. I want to win this one!

  226. Catherine R.
    May 24, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    I would pick the Roku because of it's versatility.

  227. AnGelo
    May 24, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Ya Roku it is. Lots of Features

  228. Luisa M.
    May 24, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Roku - for the features!

  229. JeffC
    May 24, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    I like the Roku because it has more features.

  230. Matthew Alaniz
    May 24, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Roku because of the extra features

  231. Denis K
    May 24, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Roku - cause it's much more versatile.

  232. David Wetherell
    May 24, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Chromecast. Why? Call it what it is, an addiction to all things Google... Intervention, anyone?

  233. Robert Tunnah
    May 24, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    The Roku, after watching the review.

  234. Max
    May 24, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    I'd get a chromecast so I can stream what I'm watching from my desktop to my tv

  235. Kim M
    May 24, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    I would pick the Roku because it has so many more features.

  236. MacHerb
    May 24, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Yes, I'd of for the Roku over the Chrome because of all the other services.

  237. Eileen Deliz
    May 24, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    I would use the Roku Stick. It has the functionality that I'm looking for. The Roku stick offers many more services than Chromecast.

  238. Daniel Velez
    May 24, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    I'd pick the Roku. It has better features for a slightly higher price-point.

  239. Dixie
    May 24, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I love my Chromecast but see many advantages to the Roku. I think I need both!

  240. Yinka Rose Reed-Nolanenny
    May 24, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I prefer Roku. I offers more.

  241. Sherron O
    May 24, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I already own the Chromecast, and we use it often. Netflix loads slowly on it too, but not as bad as in the video of Roku loading it. I would love to win a Roku, but I don't know yet if I would actually use 1200 services, since I'm not even using all 17 of Chromecast's.

  242. Nero T
    May 24, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    I love Chromecast because I want to stream my media from my phone to TV.

  243. John C
    May 24, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Already have Chromecast, but this looks quite good actually. I wish Chromecast would make a standalone remote, like Roku has; it does get old running my batteries down faster on the phone/tablet etc.

  244. Nicholas Green
    May 24, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Roku. It has way more functionality.

  245. Corry
    May 24, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    The Roku is definitely a better deal with many more services, the slower service load times wont matter because once you are in a service odds are you will remain using it for some time.

  246. Martin W
    May 24, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Interesting. Was thinking of a Chromecast but might reconsider now.

  247. Jared Turner
    May 24, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Chromecast because of its open sdk

  248. Kevin C
    May 24, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Roku seems to be superior

  249. Alexandru S
    May 24, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I'd go with the Roku after I've rad your review :)

  250. SH
    May 24, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    I had a Roku (version 3 I think) that was fine when it worked, but was a brick when it didn't work. My Chromecast has been OK for Netflix and Google Play but the phone apps are a bit clunky. I'd try a Roku stick again because I think that the dedicated device should be easier to use.

  251. Joel
    May 24, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    I already have a Chromecast, but this is tempting....

  252. Tom
    May 24, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Roku, more choices.

  253. Giuseppe P
    May 24, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I prefer an android minipc stick

  254. Alexandr T
    May 24, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    ROKU stick because many more services and remote control

  255. Ray M
    May 24, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Roku. I've had a set top Roku for 3 years and I'm happy with it.

  256. Karen H
    May 24, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    After looking at your review I think I would choose the Roku as well.

  257. Tom
    May 24, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Roku. Access to more content.

  258. Isaac R
    May 24, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    I would get the Roku . Like small size of both but with the Roku offering more Tha's my choice.

  259. Jon S
    May 24, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I think the Roku is the better product.
    In checking out Google's Chromecast I discovered that it has somewhat severe restrictions as to what it can do, compared to the Roku, which has a great many more channels than the Chromecast.
    Personally, I hope to get something like the new Minix 8.
    I want a device to stream the 'net to my TV.
    I want the option to use my TV like my desktop.
    How cool is that?

  260. Fuzzy
    May 24, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I think I would like to have both for odd reasons, but yeah, I'd go with the Chromecast because I'm so poor and I always opt for things that are less expensive and even with all the channels on Roku, Chromecast has Netflix and a few other things that pretty much make up everything I ever need on streaming. I use the heck outta YouTube and Netflix. Great video btw. For 99% of the people I'd reccomend the roku tho.

  261. Chris K
    May 24, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    As Chromecast had its issues when it first came out and a few updates later saw much more happen.... honestly, I like both. I could consider grabbing both at this point.

  262. Dror
    May 24, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    roku, because it's newer... but both are good

  263. Terri
    May 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Both are interesting, but I would choose the Roku.

  264. Paul T
    May 24, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Chromecast, because it's much easy to use!

  265. David Wallace Edgar
    May 24, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Nice review Danny. Can you advise on the usefulness of these devices in the UK. Other than, sat, Youtube, what programs can de received in the UK. Thanks in advance, David in Scotland

  266. Sean
    May 24, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Both would be nice.

  267. diane
    May 24, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    for myself, as I always wanted one.

  268. Rory
    May 24, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Tough choice but roku seems like a better MEDIA stick, whereas chromecast is a cheap receiver stick.

  269. Colin H
    May 24, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Chromecast, because it is very user friendly.

  270. Joe
    May 24, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I would pick Roku since I already have one of their devices and I'm happy with it.

  271. sun
    May 24, 2014 at 11:59 am

    You can interact directly with Roku so I think it might be better.

  272. Andrea Beneventi
    May 24, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Good question, maybe both ))

  273. MikeB
    May 24, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Roku stick because of many more services.

  274. Dana Wales
    May 24, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Roku seems to me to better the choice and we have used it in the past with great results,

  275. Bill M
    May 24, 2014 at 11:33 am

    The Roku since it's easier setup

  276. Michelle L
    May 24, 2014 at 11:31 am

    I'd pick the Roku Streaming Stick because it is loaded with cool features!

  277. Angela
    May 24, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I would go with the Roku Streaming Stick to see what it will do. I have a Roku and it is time for an upgrade.

  278. Paul H
    May 24, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Roku stick is starting to look better

  279. BlessedTA
    May 24, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Roku because it's plug and play

  280. Lorraine clayton
    May 24, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I want so badly to tell verizon where to stuff their cable bill I just want something quick and easy to use.

  281. Carrie W
    May 24, 2014 at 11:11 am

    I can't get past the first entry I've watched the video 3 times now and it won't do anything after that it just freezes ; (

  282. Howard
    May 24, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I would because of the features and more channels!

  283. Anthony
    May 24, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Roku - because it will just work out the box with the services I care about (netflix, iplayer, etc.). The chromecast might be a good idea when all the services support it and issues are ironed out, but when it comes to watching TV I don't want to be an early adopter, I just want to relax :)

  284. JC
    May 24, 2014 at 11:03 am

    I really want this. I don't have cable.

  285. Jonathan S
    May 24, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I would prefer the Roku Streaming Stick because you said it is better than the Chromestick.

  286. Diane W
    May 24, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Roku, because I don't like streaming from a smart device also like the additional channels.

  287. Maarten D
    May 24, 2014 at 10:58 am

    I think I would stick to the Chromecast.

  288. jeff
    May 24, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Roku because makeuseof recommends it.

  289. Denis R
    May 24, 2014 at 10:36 am

    I'd choose Roku, despite not being officially supported and available in my country, contrary to Chromecast. Many services won't be available but there are still many generic ones that should work.

  290. Amanda Bruenger
    May 24, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Roku Streaming Stick

  291. paulie
    May 24, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Roku Streaming Stick because it has so many more channels

  292. Diane K
    May 24, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Roku. I like having more options, even if the amount is almost overwhelming.

  293. Ben R
    May 24, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I think I would pick the Roku Streamer because it is more open for alot of services and finally acts better and it offers many servhich the Cromecast doesnt incloude

  294. Mai T
    May 24, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I'd pick Roku since I have Chromecast already at home.

  295. John
    May 24, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Roku would be my go to because it supports so many more channels!!

  296. Martine Henderson
    May 24, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Roku, because it is better value for money

  297. Bjørnar B
    May 24, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Roku cuz it supports more

  298. Nick
    May 24, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Roku. I have a Chromecast already. ;)

  299. Dave W
    May 24, 2014 at 9:19 am

    The Roku Streaming Stick because it has so many more channels than the Chromecast.

  300. Wally Krasiy
    May 24, 2014 at 9:14 am

    I love Roku's GUI more than Chromecast's one
    Plus your review seduced me (:

  301. Ms Terry Ash
    May 24, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I would choose the Roku simply because it does offer more. And, you're right, I can do without 3 coffees to get the better deal. As a techie geek, its a no brainer sacrifice. Thanks for the opportunity to tell why and get another entry.

  302. George A
    May 24, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Roku seems like the better buy. More options.

  303. Candice M
    May 24, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Roku, because is offers more features

  304. George A
    May 24, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I preferred the Roku over the Chromecast before your review. This convinced me.

  305. Joseph P
    May 24, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I would definely pick the Roku over Chromecast because it offers so many more media sources. If I wanted to spend a little more, I might consider a Roku 3 for the headphone jack.

  306. Edmund S
    May 24, 2014 at 8:45 am

    I would pick the Chromecast because of it's potential, especially since Google has released the API for it. It's just a matter of time before more and more apps are Chromecast available.

  307. Laurel N
    May 24, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Roku is more fully featured

  308. Beh H
    May 24, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Roku! Because I think it is more worth it!

  309. Asher
    May 24, 2014 at 8:20 am

    I have used the other ROKU device and was pleased with it. I think that the USB unit will be much better and a whole lot easier to use.

    Asher Hamilton

  310. Carl D
    May 24, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Roku, because it offer more feature

  311. Dubravka B
    May 24, 2014 at 8:11 am

    The Roku seems like the better deal

  312. Dubravka B
    May 24, 2014 at 8:10 am

    The Roku seems like the better deal

  313. moorandro
    May 24, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Roku, 'cause the features are better

  314. raymond crisostomo
    May 24, 2014 at 7:56 am

    i probably choose roku because of this review :)

  315. Alfred Chan
    May 24, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I will go for Roku Streaming Stick for sure, since the Chromecast seem more like a receiver stick only. But Roku Streaming Stick more like a media streaming box and able to give more function.

  316. Praveen Kumar
    May 24, 2014 at 7:42 am

    I would prefer Roku over chromecast because of its features.

  317. Larry
    May 24, 2014 at 7:42 am

    if i were in the market for one, i'd probably take the roku mainly because of the additional services offered.

  318. MartinB
    May 24, 2014 at 7:30 am

    The Roku Streaming Stick because there are more services that can be played.

  319. Ariel A
    May 24, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Yes , I will chose it because it's incredible USB.

  320. Eric R
    May 24, 2014 at 7:14 am

    The Roku seems like the better deal

  321. Andrei A
    May 24, 2014 at 7:07 am

    doesn't matter know nothing about either of them

  322. Jo-anne P
    May 24, 2014 at 7:06 am

    well after reading and watching your review i would have to say yes I would buy it and mostly because for the added $15 I get so much more content.

  323. Terri S
    May 24, 2014 at 6:51 am

    The Roku seems like the better deal

  324. Ismael R
    May 24, 2014 at 6:47 am

    At the moment, I'd probably go for the ChromeCast. I don't use the other services available through Roku right now, but if I did, then I'd probably go ahead and make the switch.

  325. Michele P
    May 24, 2014 at 6:46 am

    I'd take Roku Streaming Stick over Chromecast! I love my Roku and you what they say about if it ain't broke...

  326. Prabhdeep
    May 24, 2014 at 6:42 am

    I think these 2 are just different devices. Chromecast is used to send stuff from other devices to TV and Roku is mainly for streaming services. I would take both devices according to my needs.

  327. Aadarsh Jung Thapa
    May 24, 2014 at 6:35 am

    To Be Honest, Chromecast doesn't really make the cut. But The Roku however ... WOW!! just WOW!!!

  328. allen gagle
    May 24, 2014 at 6:29 am

    I have a Roku3 but this would be great for my cubbyhole of an office.

  329. Marko G
    May 24, 2014 at 6:24 am

    Cant answere the queation havent have see one in aktion

  330. Johnna Rhodus
    May 24, 2014 at 6:23 am

    I would choose the Roku streaming stick. I've had a few Roku's over the past couple of years,and I'm overall very pleased with Roku in general and the selection of channels they have available!

  331. Thomas Vase Jensen
    May 24, 2014 at 6:16 am

    hope 2 win

  332. Ionut B
    May 24, 2014 at 6:14 am

    I'd pick the Comcast. I heard good things about it

  333. Peter V
    May 24, 2014 at 6:09 am

    I'd definitely go with the Roku Streaming Stick over the Chromecast. I think $15 for over 1100 more channels is a decent deal.

  334. Peer W
    May 24, 2014 at 6:06 am

    Your review convinced me. I'd go ROKU!

  335. Jim Wood
    May 24, 2014 at 6:03 am

    For a few bucks more, the Roku makes my TV smarter.

  336. Cdiazgon
    May 24, 2014 at 2:20 am

    Look's like a good buy!!!

  337. John Steuer III
    May 24, 2014 at 2:04 am

    That would be terrible lol

  338. richard
    May 23, 2014 at 11:05 pm


    • Howard B
      May 23, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      Is your CAPS LOCK key BROKEN? :)

  339. Carrie W
    May 23, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Says the giveaway hasn't started yet ; (

  340. Jaineycakes
    May 23, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    I love the reviews, but I swear, I can never figure out how to enter the giveaways.

  341. Keshav Bhat
    May 23, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    I'd like to compare too!

  342. Bob
    May 23, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Is that 30 seconds just when starting an app (like YouTube) or 30 seconds between each video?

    • Pinner Blinn
      May 23, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      I've had the Roku stick for a few months now. The loading times are pretty slow, but once you're booted up and in an app, it does alright. To me it was worth saving $50. Plus it hides nicely behind my TV.
      The search function is pretty cumbersome becuase you're using arrow buttons on the remote to maneuver an on-screen keyboard. But some apps (ie, YouTube) can be beamed from a smartphone which couldn't be simpler.

  343. Jim Lewis
    May 23, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Looks really good. I have the Chromecast and needing to have the laptop to cast from is a bit of PITA honestly.
    I've experienced a lot of hanging of Netflix on the Chromecast too, but perhaps bandwidth is an issue there (it shouldn't be on cabled 20mbs service).
    Anyway, would love to trial the Roku Stick for comparison. Fingers crossed!

  344. Tanvir C
    May 23, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    This is a first I am here early :D

  345. Suresh V
    May 23, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Wow! I am too eary here. Will check back again. Thanks for sharing.

  346. Lynn
    May 23, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    This seems like a great product for my tv that I doesn't have cable services

  347. Mklopez
    May 23, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Waiting for the giveaway to start... [taps fingers]