The New Roku Express Gets A Few Upgrades For The Same $30 Price


The Roku Express has gotten a 2022 refresh, bringing new features that improve performance. First announced in 2016, the Roku Express is Roku’s cheapest streaming device. It sits below the Roku Express 4K/4K+, Roku Streaming Stick 4K/4K+, as well as the Roku Ultra and Roku Streambar models.

While the Roku Express is technically Roku’s cheapest streamer, Roku did announce a cheaper device in 2021. However, it was a limited edition product. Called the Roku LE, the streaming device was announced as a Black Friday 2021-exclusive device with a $15 price tag and support for HD streaming. It was sold exclusively by Walmart and had a design similar to the Roku Express but in a different color.

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The new Roku Express doesn’t appear to have gotten a design upgrade and looks identical to the previous generation. It also has the same simple (IR) remote with dedicated keys for Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV+ and Paramount+. Because the design hasn’t changed, the new streamer still has a micro USB port for power. However, that shouldn’t be a bother since a power cable is included in the box, and this isn’t a device that will frequently be unplugged like a phone. In addition, the new device is capable of HD streaming and is reported to be easy to set up. So what has changed?

Same Design, Same Price

First, Roku says that the new Roku Express now has support for dual-band Wi-Fi. This means that it can now connect to both 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks. The latter has a shorter range but faster speeds which should translate to uninterrupted streaming. In addition, Roku says that the new device has more storage but doesn’t say what the capacity is. Nevertheless, it says users should experience quicker channel start times.

The new Roku Express is compatible with Apple AirPlay, HomeKit, Google Home and Amazon Alexa. It also supports Digital Stereo over HDMI and DTS Digital Surround Sound over HDMI. The streaming device is already available for pre-order on Roku’s website, Amazon, and Walmart, priced at $29.99. It is expected to begin shipping on Oct.13, with general availability slated for Oct. 16.

Alongside the new streamer, Roku also announced the Roku Wireless Bass. This new audio product is its new subwoofer and can be connected to the Roku Streambar, Roku Wireless Speakers and Roku TV Wireless Soundbar. Because it is wireless, users can place it anywhere in the room. It is already available for pre-order on Roku and Amazon, with general availability scheduled for Nov. 7, priced at $129. It will also be available for purchase on BestBuy in November.

Source: Roku

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