Roku Ultra Review: Roku Ultra sets a high bar for streaming video players, though it’s shown up by the more cost-efficient Premiere+. If you don’t mind paying a bit more for a few cool, but impractical features, the Roku Ultra is for you.
Roku Ultra Review Pros:
- Solid 4K HDR performance
- Easy to use and setup
- USB port for additional storage
- Universal search
Roku Ultra Review Cons:
- No Dolby Vision support
- Very similar to the Premiere+
- Minor issues with heat
Roku Ultra is a strong contender for the best streaming video player period. It offers 4K and HDR compatibility, 1000s of channels of content and one of the most user-friendly operating systems on the market. And despite a lot of competition, Roku is still king of the streaming world.
At its core, the Roku Ultra is a born and bred performance monster, a trait it inherited from its predecessor, the 2015 Roku 4. It’s capable of delivering 4K videos in a blink of an eye, and it doesn’t struggle outputting the bright highlights and dark shadows that HDR has to offer. Roku Ultra’s biggest competitor therefore isn’t anything made by Apple or Amazon – it comes from within the company. We’re talking about the Roku Premiere+ and, to a lesser extent, the Roku 4.
You see, both of these boxes also handle 4K video, and the Premiere+ does HDR in the exact same way as the Ultra. So what does the Ultra do differently to warrant its superlative monicker? Well, it has an optical audio out port, a remote finder button, a remote with ‘A’ and ‘B’ buttons and includes MicroSD support for a USB port that allows for additional storage.
Are those extra features worth the $30 price difference between the $129 Roku Ultra and $99 Roku Premiere+? That’s a decision we’ll leave up to you.
Regardless of your budgeting preferences, the Roku Ultra is a top-performing streaming video player that has the chips to process 4K HDR in addition to an egalitarian search engine that can help you track down movies and shows wherever they may hide.