There is no one perfect streaming device that will work for every cord cutter. By comparing your options, you can find the right device to meet your streaming needs, provide the features you’re looking for, and fit your budget.
In this post, we’re comparing the Roku Ultra and the Roku Streaming Stick+, which launched just before this holiday season.
|Roku Streaming Stick+||Roku Ultra|
|Picture Quality||1080p HD, 4K Ultra HD, and HDR||1080p HD, 4K Ultra HD, and HDR|
|Wireless + Connectivity||802.11ac dual-band MIMO||802.11ac dual-band MIMO and Ethernet Port|
|Remote||Voice remote with TV controls||Enhanced voice remote with TV controls and personal shortcuts|
|Headphones||Premium JBL headphones|
|Storage Expansion||microSD and USB|
|Connect to TV Via||HDMI® (4K video via HDCP 2.2 HDMI®)||HDMI® (4K video via HDCP 2.2 HDMI®)|
|Long-range wireless receiver (offers up to 4x range)||ü||Roku’s Best Wireless|
|Dolby Audio™ and DTS pass through via HDMI®||ü||ü|
The Roku Streaming Stick+ is small, lightweight, and designed to be portable. Setup is easy. Just plug the device into your TV and you’ll be ready to start streaming. Pop it out and take it with you when traveling to keep using your favorite apps wherever you go.
Don’t let its size fool you. The Streaming Stick+ has brilliant picture quality, allowing you to watch in HD, 4K, and HDR. With the included voice remote, you can also find your content quickly. Use voice commands to search by title, actor, or director across 1000+ channels.
Great for: those who travel, college students who want to bring their streaming device home for breaks, secondary TVs
The Roku Ultra was designed to offer the power and quality to anchor a whole streaming setup. Roku’s top of line media player offers a strong connection, either wireless or by connecting via ethernet. Looking for a private viewing experience? Use the included JBL headphones.
The Roku Ultra also comes with an all new enhanced voice remote. Use your voice to set personal shortcuts for one touch control, search across channels, turn captions on, and more. This “fully loaded” device has faster loading times, a lost remote finder, and USA and micro SD ports.
Great for: heavy streamers, primary TVs, those who want a home theater experience
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Jess Barnes attended Edinboro University and spent years working in nonprofit before taking up freelance writing in 2012. Jess has been working for Cord Cutters News since 2017.