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Roku HD-XR


$130.00 Released October, 2009

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Built-in 802.11N WiFi for fast wireless network connectivity. Affordable price. Low power consumption.

The Cons:Released without fully functional USB connectivty options. Cannot output in full HD (1080p). Crappy remote control.

The Roku HD-XR is one of two digital media streamers (HD SD, HD-XR) released in October 2009 as competitors to the original Roku HD. The HD-XR is an immediate step-up from the HD in that it includes superior 802.11 Draft N Wi-Fi connectivity.

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Like its predecessor, the XR easily connects to a television; offers pause, rewind, and play functions; and can hookup to the Internet wired or wirelessly. Another notable addition is a USB port, which upon its release was rendered absolutely useless. Users had to wait for a firmware upgrade that allowed for video playback from UMS devices like hard drives and flash drives. Additional features include versatile connectivity options; MLB, Netflix, and Amazon support; and the potential for Facebook/Twitter/MSNBC/etc. streaming with the release of the Roku Channel Store.

Features

  • Digital Media Streamer
  • Wired/Wireless Connectivity
  • Composite/Component/S-Video/HDMI
  • USB Interface
  • Internet Streaming
  • Roku Channel Store (2010)

Specifications

  • Networking: 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n dual-band
  • Security: WEP, WPA, WPA2
  • Video Modes: 16:9 HD, 16:9 anamorphic, 4:3 standard
  • Remote Control: NEC protocol
  • Power Consumption: 6W peak, 4W standby

Outputs

  • Composite Video (480i)
  • S-Video (480i)
  • Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr - 720p/480p)
  • HDMI (720p/480p)
  • Stereo (L/R RCA)
  • Digital Optical (Toslink - Stereo/Surround)
  • Digital over HDMI (Stereo/Surround)

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Pros
  • 5

    built-in 802.11N WiFi for fast wireless network connectivity

  • 5

    affordable price

  • 5

    low power consumption

  • 5

    analog and digital video/audio out including HDMI

  • 5

    compact and lightweight

  • 5

    can stream content from online media outlets such as Netflix, Amazon On Demand

  • 4

    USB port for playback from flash drive or external disk drive

  • 4

    ethernet port for wired connectivity

  • 4

    can output in 720p high definition

  • 4

    upgradable firmware

Cons
  • 4

    released without fully functional USB connectivty options

  • 3

    cannot output in full HD (1080p)

  • 1

    crappy remote control

  • 1

    Doesn't indicate whether channel is paid content or not from interface.

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