We just got our hands on the Roku Streaming Stick+. Combining a remarkably simple interface with 4K HDR streaming in a tiny package that can conveniently connect directly to an unused HDMI port on the back of your TV, the streaming stick+ looks to be the one to beat for cord cutters looking for an affordable way to cut the cable bill.
Roku’s service agnostic interface does not give favor to any particular streaming service and the cross platform search is still the best on any device. However, the remote itself does feature dedicated remote buttons for Netflix, Hulu, Playstation Vue and Sling TV – despite that most will only use Netflix and one of the other 3.
Speaking of the remote, looking past the curious branded button selection, its one of the standout features of the new line of Roku devices. You can now control power and volume on your TV, eliminating the need to ever use your original TV remote for anything beyond deep menu settings.
The Plus streams all HDR in the HDR10 format and unlike Apple TV does not support the higher fidelity TV that supports Dolby Vision HDR., standard. Not really an issue unless you have a
However, unlike the new Apple TV 4K, the Roku Streaming Stick+ supports Dolby’s best in-home audio format Dolby Atmos. Currently the only Roku app that currently supports this audio format is Vudu.
All in all, the Roku Streaming Stick+ is a 5 star performer and is a top pick recommended for cord cutters who want an affordable, fast, service agnostic streamer that supports 4K and HDR all for under $70 bucks.