I just picked up the new Roku2 XD. Best Buy had them in already and thought it would be a great replacement for my Apple TV2. I’ve had my ATV2 since it became available and at first I thought it was a great device. After a few weeks of use, I changed my mind. I don’t rent or purchase movies from the Apple Store and in order to stream my own content I’d have to import the video into iTunes and keep my computer on. This made my NAS box with DLNA capability useless. So I pretty much paid $99 to stream Netflix because that’s all it can do in my household.
Roku came out with their second version, the Roku2. Roku was the other device I thought about getting instead of the ATV2. What made me get the ATV2 over the original Roku was its size and the fact that most of my computers and devices at home are Apple (at that time). I wish I had done more research but oh well. Now that I have the Roku2 XD, it has been great and impressive. For me it has been a better device than the ATV2. Here is a short list of what my Roku2 can do that my ATV2 can’t.
- Supports 1080p
- Steams Amazon’s Video on demand
- You can listen to Pandora
- You can add channels and they are a lot
The channels are easily added and if you’re familiar with the Wii and its channels, it is set up the same way. You browse and install/add. There is no way to shut off the device. You just have to set the screensaver timer and that’s it. From what I heard the power consumption is very low. According to their website, it uses only 2 watts while streaming video.
Check out my unboxing video and a quick physical comparison to the Apple TV2.