Streaming has been revolutionized again!
When it comes to TVs and you–the consumer’s–system, folks, small and thin is sexy.
Roku has beautifully crafted their newest streaming device to rival the Apple TV, but at a cost of less than ninety-nine dollars. And it is smooth, silky black, and shaped to be roughly the thickness and overall size of a hockey puck.
That’s right, a hockey puck!
But do not let the size fool you, the Roku 2 XS is packed to the gills with all of the streaming capable goodness that one could imagine. The XS unit contains an HDMI, A/V Out, Ethernet, micro-SD (for expanding memory for future games that could come available), and a USB for its connections.
CNET has declared the XS the best streaming box on the market for less than a hundred bucks. And it comes with dozens of video and audio channels that include Amazon Instant Video, Pandora, Hulu Plus, Crackle (though this does not stream in HD yet), sports channels (including MLB, NBA, and the NHL), and of course, Netflix.
The Netflix interface on the XS is superior to all other models (even the great Sony), as the menus are HUGE and easy to maneuver. The XS box has specialized in being intuitive to consumers for years now, and they have perfected a Mac-like interface for half the Mac-price.
Any TV can connect to the Roku 2 XS, and it is wireless as well, if there are no wires to be found for the Internet.
And it comes with a blue-tooth Wii-like remote that plays the “Angry Birds” game that comes with the XS for free! Simply pull back on the gorgeous remote to ease back the birds’ sling and go to town on the Angry Birds’ pigs.