Roku Stick 2017

Roku Stick 2017 vs Roku Stick 2016 – User Speed Test


We are slowly working out way through the new Roku lineup and today we have a head to head user speed test of the 2017 Roku Stick vs the 2016 Roku Stick. So today we put them head to head so you can get an idea if it is worth upgrading from the 2016 Roku Stick to the 2017 Roku Stick.

Here is our video review:

The 2016 Roku Stick Details:

  • Powerful quad-core processor and fast dual-band wireless. 8x more processing power than before.
  • Access to Amazon, VUDU, Netflix, Hulu, Google Play, and more.
  • Portable for different HDTVs in your home, hotel, and dorm rooms.
  • Unbiased search results across top channels to find where it’s free or cheapest to watch.
  • Comes with mobile app for iOS and Android with voice search and private listening.
  • Power Consumption Operational: 3 Watt, Audio System: AV components
  • Integrated dual-band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Stream over 3000 entertainment channels
  • Upscales 720p HD to 1080p Full HD

The 2017 Roku Stick Details:

  • 802.11ac dual-band wireless
  • Up-scaling 480p & 720p to 1080p on HD TVs
  • Digital stereo over HDMI®, DTS Digital Surround™ pass through over HDMI®
  • Voice remote with TV power and volume buttons
  • 5.0V – 1.5A USB power adapter

You won’t find any real speed difference here. The main reason you may want to upgrade is the new remote. The new remote will allow you to turn on and off the TV as well as adjust the volume of your TV. That may not be enough to make you want to replace your 2016 Roku Stick but if you are buying a new player you may want to get the 2017 over the slightly cheaper 2016 version.

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  • Andy Munro

    Worth buying the new one for me just for the Digital stereo over HDMI®, DTS Digital Surround pass through over HDMI. Last year the only model to offer this was the Ultra. now it seems to have been rolled out to all the 2017 models

    • Lisa

      Looking at the 2016 Product Comparison chart that I downloaded from Roku it indicates all 2016 models from the Express to the Ultra have the Dolby Audio and DTS pass through via HDMI. I have a 2015 Roku 2 (model 4210) and it passed Dolby Digital 5.1 audio from VUDU to my receiver over the HDMI cable.

      • Andy Munro

        It appears all the 2017 models have the 5.1 passthrough, but the only 2016 model to have it was the Ultra.

  • Dave Warner

    Has the PS Vue interface been updated for Roku OS 8?