Roku this week unveiled a brand new 4K streaming stick that promises to deliver a faster user experience as well as faster access to your home Wi-Fi.
The new streaming device is called the Roku Streaming Stick 4K, but Roku offers two different versions. The base model features a redesigned stick meant to hide behind your TV in an HDMI port while providing access to 4K streaming with support for Dolby Vision and HDR10 +. âLong-range Wi-Fiâ (802.11ac dual-band MIMO) offers connection speeds up to 2x faster, according to Roku.
The included remote lets you access content with voice commands using Alexa or Google Assistant, but also offers the ability to turn your TV on or off, change the volume level or mute sound, eliminating the need to use two remote controls. The faster experience and smoother streaming is possible thanks to a new quad-core processor, according to Roku, which is 30% faster than in its previous sticks.
The other version of the new stick is called the Roku 4K + Streaming Key. It’s the same streaming stick hardware, but Roku upgraded the included remote to the Voice Remote Pro, which uses a rechargeable battery and a voice-activated lost rangefinder. Other features include TV controls, personal shortcut buttons, private listening by plugging in earphones / headphones, hands-free, and support for Roku Voice.
The Roku Streaming Stick 4K is slated to launch on October 14 for $ 49.99, while the 4K + version will launch a few days later on October 17 for $ 69.99. Both versions of the stick can be ordered now, which includes free shipping and a 30-day money-back guarantee. Roku also offers a 30 day free trial Discovery + with your purchase (typically costs $ 4.99 per month).