Roku XDS Streaming Player Review

Category: Televisions - Date: August 22, 2012

The Roku XD|S Streaming Player was the ultimate choice for enjoying streaming and on demand video and audio content from the comfort of your living room. Among older (2010) Roku models, the XD|S is the highest-end, containing the most features. As the little, unintrusive hardware box that it is, the Roku XD|S truly amazes with what it is capable of.

Hardware

The Roku XD|S has some great hardware inside of it for its relatively inexpensive price, including a Nexperia PNX8935E1/M101S1R3 processor, 256 MB of RAM, 802.11n Wi-Fi, HDMI out, USB 2.0, Ethernet and more. It certainly surpasses the minimum requirements for providing the functionality that the Roku XD|S, like 1080p streaming.

Design

As for its design, the Roku XD|S is a small box around the same size and weight of other Roku boxes as well as third-party competitors such as the Apple TV. Necessary ports can be found throughout the XD|S’ side and rear, and the device is otherwise very plain and simple. A mostly basic remote control is also included with the Roku XD|S, with very few buttons in order to maintain simplicity.

Size

The Roku XDS is 4.9 in x 4.9 in x 1.2 inches and weighs in at 7.2 ounces. It is certainly a good size for the device and allows for easy placement practically wherever you’d like to go and is very lightweight as well.

Battery

The Roku XD|S operates on two AAA batteries so therefore obviously does not require any recharging. While this can be a downside as it relies on the continuous purchasing of batteries (unless using rechargeable batteries) it is to be expected of the inexpensive streaming player.

Conclusion

The Roku XD|S is a great little device for streaming audio and video in high definition from a variety of sources, from Netflix to Pandora. While now outdated and replaced with the Roku 2 XS, the XD|S remains a great model that you can certainly find for cheap if you know where to look. While lacking a few things that the new Roku 2 model has, the XD|S remains a great streaming player with impressive features even today.

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