Best Roku device deals still available: Streaming Stick 4K for $30, Streambar for $80

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Streaming devices make it big gifts. They can transform any TV in an entertainment center where all your streaming services are easily accessible in one place. Roku is currently offering its best streaming devices at or near the lowest prices of all time, many of which will end on Saturday, December 4. We have also rounded up a larger list of best Cyber ​​Monday deals still available.

Our favorites are the Roku Streaming Stick 4K and the Streambar, both of which offer 40% discounts. The Roku Streaming Stick 4K is our first overall choice with excellent voice remote control and 4K capability. Meanwhile, the Roku Streambar is a great streamer-soundbar combination, perfect for small TVs, and its lowest price ever of $ 80. And those looking for a wired Ethernet connection, as well as Dolby Vision, might want to check out the flagship Roku Ultra.

The best Roku deals still available

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This is the best streaming device deal we’ve found. The Roku Streaming Stick 4K is currently on sale for a lower price than the Roku Express 4K Plus, our favorite streaming device. The two are almost identical, so we recommend that you buy the cheapest one.

The 4K Streaming Stick supports Dolby Vision HDR, unlike the Express 4K Plus. The other main difference between the two is the narrow rectangular design of the Streaming Stick 4K, which plugs directly into an HDMI slot on the back of the TV. Both streamers offer voice remote control, 4K HDR streaming, and Roku’s excellent interface, which we like better than Fire TV or Google TV.

Read our Roku Streaming Stick 4K review.

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The Roku Ultra, the company’s flagship standalone streamer, offers more amenities than some of Roku’s other models. It features Dolby Vision video, faster responses, enhanced Wi-Fi, and a wired Ethernet port – especially welcome if your home Wi-Fi is overloaded. And while it comes with a good remote, including one that matches a physical remote search button on the Ultra’s body, it’s still not as impressive as the Voice Remote Pro. To complicate matters, the Express Plus 4K also works with wired Ethernet dongles, and adding a dongle and Voice Remote Pro to the Express Plus 4K is generally cheaper than an Ultra 4K UHD.

However, the Ultra is easy to install and might be worth upgrading for anyone interested in a fast streaming device with Dolby Vision and a wired Ethernet port.

Read our Roku Ultra (2020) review.

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Combo soundbar / 4K HDR streamer, Roku Streambar is a great way to ‘smartify’ a bedroom TV with enhanced sound and streaming in one fell swoop. This compact speaker will outperform the sound of almost any TV and is especially good at bringing up hard-to-understand dialogue. Even if you don’t need the (excellent) streamer, the soundbar itself is a steal at this price.

Read our Roku Streambar review.

Expired Offers

The offer (s) below are currently expired but may return, so we have kept them here for reference.

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The Roku LE is the cheapest streamer we’ve ever seen. It’s a small dongle that connects to your TV and via an included HDMI cable, comes with a basic infrared remote control and broadcasts in HD resolution (1080p). It’s basically the same as the Roku Express, except it’s white, not black.

The LE is cheap, but we think it’s still worth paying a little extra for a 4K Roku with a better remote, which are on sale for as little as $ 29. On the flip side, at this price point, it makes sense if all you want is basic streaming at the lowest price.

This device is exclusive to Walmart and is available now online and in stores starting November 26.

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The Premiere is a 4K streamer with HDR10 compatibility and a simple remote control – no voice commands or personal shortcuts. It’s an older model, however, and unless you’re really strapped for cash, you’re better off using the 4K Streaming Stick instead.

Walmart

The Walmart exclusive version of the Roku Ultra is nearly identical to the main Ultra and features a similar case design, an Ethernet port, and support for 4K HDR with Dolby Vision. It comes with a remote control that has a headphone jack for private listening.

As for the differences between the Ultra and the Ultra LT? With this cheaper option, you’ll forgo Dolby Atmos support, a USB port, personal shortcut keys on the remote, and the (very useful) remote search feature.

This offer is currently out of stock online, but may be available at your local Walmart.

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The Roku Streaming Stick 4K Plus packs the exact same Roku Streaming Stick 4K listed above along with the new, usually separate, Roku Voice Remote Pro. The Voice Remote Pro, which typically costs $ 30, largely retains the look of the company’s other remotes, but notably comes with a midfield mic for voice control and a rechargeable battery. Maybe the best thing about the new remote is you can just say, “Hey, Roku, find my remote,” to make the clicker beep wherever it is – a game changer for those who scour. constantly cushions on the sofa. And Roku remotes can eat away at batteries quickly, so using rechargeable batteries means you no longer need to keep a supply of AA on hand.

Roku also has a remote finder that works with any Roku remote with a built-in speaker, but this type of remote isn’t included with the original 4K Streaming Stick. If you’re the type of person who tends to lose TV remotes, upgrading to the Roku Streaming Stick 4K Plus – and the accompanying Voice Remote Pro – could be quite handy. Typically $ 70, this package is currently at an all-time Amazon low of $ 49.

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Our favorite streamer is now $ 10 below its normal price and close to an all-time low from Amazon. We love the Roku operating system because it has the most streaming app options, the easiest streaming platform interface, and the best looking. It also has a content independent platform that doesn’t push any media streaming service provider, like Amazon Prime Video or Apple, over another. The Express 4K Plus is one of the cheapest streaming TV options with 4K HDR. (Even if your current TV doesn’t support these formats, your next one probably will.) Thanks to the AirPlay update, this Roku device is one of the cheapest ways to connect your iPhone or other Apple device. to your TV. It’s a great gift for anyone looking to get the most out of streaming without breaking the bank. Read our Roku Express 4K Plus review.

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