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Which Roku should I buy?

By Callum Tennent

Roku is one of the biggest names in the TV streaming market. But with such similar models, how do you decide which one to buy? Our guide is here to help.

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Roku is a big name in internet TV streaming, and one of the few brands out there dedicated exclusively to it. When it comes to picking a TV box for your home you'd be remiss to overlook it.

As far as internet TV boxes go, Roku devices have just about everything you could want. The Roku 2, Roku 3 and Roku Streaming Stick all have Full-HD picture, wi-fi capability, app control, smart-search, an intuitive TV guide and an enormous selection of channels and players. There are a few key differences though, which we'll explain in the table below.

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Which Roku should I buy?

Roku 3 (2015)

Roku 3 (2015)
Today's best price £74.00
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Reviewed Dec 2015
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The Roku 3 is, rather confusingly, an update of the previous Roku model, also called the Roku 3. So what's the difference, and are the changes enough to justify purchasing this latest iteration? Find out in our full review.

Roku 2 (2015)

Roku 2 (2015)
Today's best price £68.97
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As the name suggests, this Roku 2 is 2015's update to the previous year's model of the same name. But what's the difference? Not a great deal - it's ditched the phono outputs and added USB and Ethernet ports, though. Are the changes enough to justify purchasing the latest iteration of the Roku 2? Log-in to find out.

Roku Streaming Stick (3500EU)

Roku Streaming Stick (3500EU)
Today's best price £39.97
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Reviewed Sep 2014
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The Roku Streaming Stick (3500EU) is the latest addition to the Roku range, joining the three black boxes that it currently offers. It's not much bigger than a memory stick, so how does it compare to larger rival models? We tested one out in our lab to find out.

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