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Roku LT review

A teeny tiny media streamer

Our Verdict

For

  • Extremely small
  • Low power consumption
  • Can handle 720p high definition
  • Simple to use

Against

  • No HDMI cable included
  • Limited channels at the moment

The space underneath our TVs is getting pretty cramped as we add various boxes to enjoy our media. Set top boxes jostle with Blu-ray players, consoles and DVRs. This is why the Roku LT is a breath of fresh air - its tiny body means that it can easily fit near your TV to stream media from services such as BBC iPlayer and Netflix.

Simplicity is the Roku LT's game, with no on/off switch. This means it's permanently on, but Roku assures us that it only draws the same amount of power as a nightlight, so you shouldn't be stung by any huge electricity bills.

The remote is almost as streamlined as the box itself, with the minimum of buttons for selecting the services and navigating the Roku LT's menus. Because of the simple remote, entering your Wi-Fi password can be a bit frustrating, but once done you can begin streaming videos and music.

The Roku LT can handle 720p video, which is good but not the highest resolution we've seen. And it comes with an HDMI port, but no HDMI cable - you'll need to buy one separately. It does come with composite AV cables, however.

While BBC iPlayer is present and correct, there's no ITV Player, 4oD or other TV catchup services, and if you stream films via Lovefilm rather than Netflix, then you'll be out of luck for the time being. The Roku LT should be updated regularly, so we hope for some more channels in the future.

Verdict

The Roku LT is a nicely designed product, but a bit too simple.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNetwork Audio/Video Player
Wireless LANYes
HDMIYes
Internet StreamingYes
Brand NameRoku
Audio FormatsMP3
Scan Format720p
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Height25.4 mm
Width99.1 mm
Depth99.1 mm
ColourPurple
ManufacturerRoku, Inc
Product ModelLT
Product NameLT Network Audio/Video Player
Manufacturer Part Number2400EU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.rokulabs.com
Marketing InformationMeet Roku

Once upon a time, watching a movie at home meant ordering a DVD online, waiting for it to arrive, then having it sit on your coffee table for weeks until you were in the mood to watch it.

Then we invented Roku-the original streaming player. Now, millions of people use Roku to choose what they want to watch instantly. Whether you're exploring over 750 channels and hundreds of thousands of movies and shows, delving into what really interests you, or just stumbling across something new, Roku makes it happen easily, instantly and affordably. Movie night-or any night-will never be the same.

ProtocolsWEP, WPA2, WPA
Package Contents
  • LT Network Audio/Video Player
  • IR remote control
  • 2 x AAA batteries
  • A/V cable
  • A/C Power adapter
  • Getting Started guide
Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Limited Warranty90 Day
Weight (Approximate)102.1 g