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We have collected 2 reviews of the Roku 2 XS. Experts rate Roku 2 XS 7/10. Reviewsor.com helps you find reviews, best prices, user reviews of the Roku 2 XS and Roku Media streamer.
The Roku 2 XS brings simplicity to media streaming but lacks support for DLNA streaming and many common file formats.Roku was first to market with a network streaming box capable of playing Netflix videos, and its product line remains the one we'd recommend to our non-techie friends and relatives. Our techie friends and relatives, on the other hand, know there are better media streamers on the market; but those devices—being more complex—are slightly more difficult to set up.The Roku 2 XS sits atop Roku's product line and delivers four features the less-expensive models don't: a motion-control remote, a USB port, an Ethernet port (in addition to an integrated wireless Ethernet adapter), and a free copy of the game Angry Birds. But the XS is just as limited as the rest of the lineup in one respect: It can't access music, movies, photos, or any other media stored on other devices on your network.If you're a collector who buys music and movies on disc; rips, encodes, and stores the files on a server or NAS box; and files the discs away for safekeeping, you should ignore the Roku 2 XS, because the only way you'll be able to play those files is to copy them to a USB thumbdrive (formatted as FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, or HFS+).
Much like the Apple TV, the Roku 2 XS is a media player that's designed to make it easy to access web-based video and audio content via your TV, rather than streaming files from a PC. Roku offers four different versions of the Roku 2 in the US at various prices, but in the UK, only two of these models will be available. The first is the entry-level Roku 2 LT, priced at £50, which is limited to 720p resolution HD video, and the second is the top-of-the-range Roku 2 XS, which I'm reviewing here, costing £100. It supports 1080p resolution playback and includes a motion-sensing controller. The first thing that stands out about the XS is just how small it is. This thing is really tiny. In fact, measuring 84mm square, it's actually smaller than the diminutive Apple TV. However, unlike Apple's telly box, the power supply for this one isn't built in, so it's not quite as tidy a package. The XS is very light too, weighing a mere 85g, but this means it tends to get pulled around by the cables that you attach to it. The Apple TV's extra weight and rubberised underbelly helps it stay in place. Nevertheless, I do like the glossy black finish of the XS, as well as the slightly quirky clothes-style tag with the embroidered Roku logo, that sticks out the left-hand side of the player. The XS sadly lacks an optical digital audio output for surround sound.
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