The Roku Streaming Stick costs $50, plugs right into the HDMI port on your TV, and lets you access content from more than 1200 internet channels using a wireless remote.
Roku’s new Streaming Stick lacks MHL and instead has a microUSB port for power. Plug the stick into your TV’s HDMI port, plug in the power cable, and connect to the internet and the little device can make your dumb TV smart.
It supports 720p and 1080p display resolutions, 7.1 and 5.1 channel audio, and 802.11n WiFi. The Streaming Stick measures about 3.1″ x 1.1″ x 0.5″ and weighs just over 6 ounces.
While it’s about $15 more expensive than a Google Chromecast, the Roku Streaming Stick comes with a remote control and doesn’t require you to use your phone, tablet, or PC as a remote (unless you want to). It also supports most major online video services including some that aren’t yet available for Chromecast (I’m looking at you, Amazon Instant Video).
On the other hand, the Chromecast is proving to be a versatile device and there are a growing number of app developers who are coming up with new ways to use it. So the choice between a Roku and a Chromecast at this point might be six of one, half dozen of the other.
Still, if you’d prefer a tiny dongle that you can plug into your TV to Roku’s more traditional set-top-box style devices, now there’s a… stick for that.
via Zatz Not Funny