Originally submitted at Roku (corrected below)
Soo close to perfect
Pros: Fast Setup, Plays From Usb, Plays Desktop Videos, Simple Controls
Cons: No Repeat Play, Feeble Fast Forward
Best Uses: Home, Professional, Movies
Describe Yourself: Enthusiast
Was this a gift?: Yes
The Roku 3 is almost as good as a well-designed DVD player plus the benefit of playing HD. It makes us reconsider the extra cost of a second Tivo box, which carries its own monthly fee as well as the cost of an extra cable card.
I can play videos stored on the computer downstairs on the TV with the Roku upstairs. I can play videos stored on a USB drive. Quality is excellent.
My only complaint is about fast forward – it only lets you navigate to a specific time and doesn’t let you watch the material as you skip ahead. Hey, I know the advertisers don’t like it, but that’s too bad – it’s useful for lots of things beyond skipping ads. At the very least, the non-advertising channels should allow it even if it doesn’t work on advertising-sponsored channels.