Media streamers are a big business and fill an important gap in today’s TV viewing habits. Today we are going to review one of newer items in our stock, the Roku LT.
The Box and Remote
The Roku LT comes in a nice looking box with flashes of purple around the side and the box features the technical information that is pretty standard.
Opening it up we get to the Roku itself and its remote control, the Roku is extremely small measuring just 84x84x23mm and weighs just 85 grams meaning that it should be possible to mount this almost anywhere next to your TV.
The Device is quite simple in design and only offers a small amount of connectivity on the back only offering a HDMI port, AV out and power port, It would have been nice to see a wired ethernet port, as there is plenty of room on the back as this could mean that if your wireless signal is not strong enough you may need additional hardware in order for the device to work effectively, say something like a wireless extender perhaps.
Front and Back
The remote control is also minimalistic in design featuring a small amount of buttons, although this to me is better than having lots of buttons that might not ever get used, in the box you also get some batteries which is a nice touch.
The only item remaining to in the box is the RCA cable for connecting to older TV’s however this will not allow you to view content in the 720p that the Roku can output and a HDMI cable is required (which is not supplied although can be purchased here)
The Roku LT is designed as a streaming player first and foremost allowing you to stream video from popular video and audio services such as Netflix, BBC Iplayer and Spotify, some of these are free to use depending where you are in the world but many others require a subscription to the service such as Netflix and Spotify. It also has a small amount of games available which were also fun, although its bigger brother the XS does come with a free copy of Angry Birds.
Setting up the device was exceptionally easy, the interface of the Roku LT being very easy to navigate and very responsive, in our tests it found the wireless network fine and when streaming from Iplayer and other programs there was no noticeable stutter or issues although Roku recommend a minimum of a 1.2Mbps connection to avoid buffering issues.
In conclusion I really enjoyed using the Roku LT, it is built for a job and does it exceptionally well, whilst it does have some issues, namely the lack of an Ethernet Port, Full HD Support as well as missing one or two of other catch up TV services such as 4OD and ITV Player, however it does offer a lot of choice to make up for it and is exceptional value for money