Review: Roku 4 Our First Look

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The Roku 4 is here and it is a very powerful streaming box. There is a noticeable improvement in the speed of apps like Netflix and other apps like Sling TV that are known for sluggish performance on the Roku now work smoothly.

The setup was easy but dose require a browser to finish. Unlike the Fire TV 2 the Roku 4 remembers what apps you had installed on your old Roku and will automatically install them for you. As they are installing you can even link several accounts allowing them to be used as soon as they are installed.

Please note this is only our first impressions after a short test. We will have a more in depth review posted early next week after we have more time to test it out. Please watch the YouTube video at the top of this post for our full review.


  • 2,500+ streaming channels. Choose from the biggest selection of streaming entertainment, including movies, TV shows, music, sports, news, international, kids programming and more.
  • Captivating clarity. Brilliant picture quality for 4K Ultra HD TVs, with 4X the resolution of full HD and the next generation of streaming technology.
  • Advanced up-scaling of 720p for HD TVs and 1080p HD streams to brilliant 4K Ultra HD on 4K TVs.
  • Voice search. Just say what you’re looking for into the enhanced remote and get fast and comprehensive search results by title, actor, or director.
  • The Roku Feed. Follow your favorite entertainment and always know where it’s ready to stream and at what price.
Item Weight 2 pounds
Product Dimensions 8.2 x 8.2 x 2.7 inches
Item model number 4400R
Batteries: 2 AA batteries required. (included)
Color Name Black

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7 Responses to Review: Roku 4 Our First Look

  1. clocks October 22, 2015 at 1:31 pm #

    Anyway to tell the storage?

    Yeah, the search looks pretty fast. Going in and out of apps, and starting streaming doesn’t seem that much different from Roku 3 though. Maybe I need to see them side-by-side for the real effect.

  2. Ken7 October 24, 2015 at 7:17 am #

    There is a color phase error on the Roku4 that shifts color to the magenta. This is particularly obvious with flesh tones. Several owners are reporting this issue.

    • Admin October 24, 2015 at 7:43 am #

      I have not seen it but will be watching for it. With all new devices there will be issues but Roku is a good comapny. If you have a issue just contact them.

  3. Rick October 31, 2015 at 6:18 pm #

    Just received a firmware update that fixed the sound problems with Netflix and Prime. Now I love it.

  4. Fran November 1, 2015 at 2:55 am #

    I just got my Roku 4 in the mail today and set it up with my Panasonic Viera/Plasma TV which is several years old, but a Smart TV nonetheless. My husband and I were very impressed with the improved clarity of the picture. I also didn’t realize that I could link my Amazon Prime account to the Roku 4, which is much easier to navigate for us. Unfortunately, the unit is extremely loud (fan noise) and fairly warm to the touch. While on hold with the Live Chat, I discovered the problem online from the Cord Cutters article. I mentioned it to the representative and she instantly offered to ship out a return label for this unit and they will be sending a new unit. I hope the new unit does not run so warm-I did more reading and discovered that this tends to be a Roku issue. I have the first generation Roku in my child’s room and it does not get hot at all. Overall, this Roku offers a lot of options, and I really like it a lot.

  5. Dan B. November 2, 2015 at 7:05 pm #

    If the fan runs loud it is one of a number of units that did not receive thermal paste/material on the heatsink. As long as your new one does have that, it won’t run loud at all. I can’t even hear mine even running full [email protected] video.

    But I am very impressed overall with the performance of my unit. very snappy changing channels and loading video, very nice device!

  6. Kevin Harris November 12, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

    what kind of wattage does this version use? I know earlier models were really marketed at being low power consumers and since they stay on indefinitely this is an important factor.