Roku takes on Chromecast with new $49.99 dongle

Roku streaming stickMany of you who read this site for any length of time have probably realized that I absolutely love Google’s Chromecast streaming dongle – it’s cheap, it’s reliable, and practically all of the media partners I use are on board (Netflix, YouTube, etc.).

Apparently, Roku is feeling the heat.

Earlier today, Roku announced the new Roku Streaming Stick, which brings all of the functionality of a full-sized Roku box into a form factor practically identical to the Chromecast. Sure, this isn’t the first streaming stick Roku has created – but this one is half the price, at only $50, and it is now compatible with all televisions that have an HDMI input, not just MHL-compatible TVs.

The Streaming Stick is just over 3 inches long, and it does include a micro-USB port to power it if necessary, just like the Chromecast. Some things it has that the Chromecast doesn’t are a traditional remote control, an on-screen user interface, and access to all of Roku’s 1,200 apps (or channels).

Output maxes out at 1080p (sorry, no 4k quite yet), and it is compatible with dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz).

Who’s planning on picking one of these up?

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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