Roku 3 Streaming Media Player

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Roku 3 Streaming Media Player
Price: $57.99
Shipping Options:: $5 Standard OR $9 Two-Day OR $12 One-Day
Shipping Estimates: Ships in 1-2 business days (Monday, Aug 17 to Tuesday, Aug 18) + transit
Condition: Factory Reconditioned

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Cnet Review

I use my roku daily, and because of it + Plex + Netflix, I find I rarely watch TV from my cable company any more.

Comments from a previous offer

I started with a Roku 2 XS that was great, but my new Roku 3 is a nice performance step up. The interface is faster, content starts playing a lot faster, rewind and fast-forward are smoother, etc., definitely worth it for me.

Just note this is the original Roku 3 (4200), not the current one (4230). The main difference is the new one has pretty nifty voice search and dedicated buttons on the remote to open Netflix, Hulu, etc. Internal hardware is the same, though, so if those things don’t matter to you, don’t worry about it.

I’ve got one of these and a Amazon Fire Stick that I use for Plex, SlingTv and Netflix. In my experience for these purposes the Roku does way better. The Fire Stick for SlingTv is terribly slow at everything it does and often pauses to buffer. For Plex the Fire Stick often hangs and crashes. I’ve had no problems with either on the Roku.

I also have several Chromecasts but they are hardly used anymore. You would be surprised how quickly you miss a basic remote control and they don’t support SlingTv yet :frowning:

I’m in for 2 and my Fire Stick is going on Craigslist or in the junk pile.

Does it do anything my Xbox one doesn’t?

Not really. The only thing that comes to mind is the Roku doesn’t come from a soulless empire.

Searches simultaneously across all of the services it supports (e.g. you don’t have to search specific services. If you search for The Wire, Roku will show that it’s available on both Amazon and HBO Now). Has a dedicated remote that is reportedly fast and easy to use. Has voice search through the remote. Has a smartphone app that lets you control it, as well as beam photos and videos to your computer. Supports pretty much all the major content services.

I don’t know if XB1 has all that stuff, but I’ll be there’s something new in there.

Does anyone know if the remote that comes with this is IR (line of sight) or RF?

I ask because I have a few of the Roku 2 (XS)'s with the RF and I can hide them behind the telly, and when looking at the comparisons I read a few comments about the newer ones only having IR.

I also use wired networking (not wireless) for my current Roku’s and I’m not particularly keen on using wireless instead.

ok I’m new to Roku so be gentle… anyone know which version this is? I’ve seen 4200r, 4200x, and I even think a 4200L? Also, is this the unit that has a usb slot for viewing movies or pictures via a memory stick/card/unit? Will this unit also be supported with updates for the next 3 - 5 years? Thanks.

Is this really that great a price?

I got a new, not refurb. one for $50 (yes it is a 3, not sure which exact version of the 3) at radio shack back in June or July. Mom (elderly) liked it enough and managed to be able to use it successfully that we want to get one for other mom.

It’s a 4200. Apparently the letters after the number don’t matter and only serve to indicate its point of sale :

R = retail
X = online
B = Black Friday special

Other letters before the model matter. Things like XS, XD, HD and so on… But those actually indicate a different model. So, this is a 4200.

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Arrived this morning.

What a disappointment. Paid extra for the two day shipping because I wanted it for an upcoming vacation this weekend. It arrived on time, but is unusable. It looks like the thing was caught in a flood; both the network and HDMI ports are severely corroded. I wouldn’t dare stick anything in them. If the ports look this bad, I’d be afraid to see what the inside looks like.

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Oh man, sorry to hear about your order. If you haven’t, please reach out to Roku; they can help.

If you need further assistance, please email support@woot.com with your situation and order details.

Well, at first ROKU didn’t want to work with me on the problem, and asked if I could return in to Woot. I insisted that they honor their 90-day warranty.

They had me plug it in and test. I wasn’t fond of that, didn’t want to see sparks fly or anything! Nothing smoked, but no video as I expected. I didn’t like that I had to plug my HDMI cable into that crusty thing either.

They eventually said they were sending me an email with RMA and instructions, so I guess we will see how that goes.

Still disappointed that it won’t be available when I leave this weekend, but alas, seems to be the story of my life…