I recently bought a Roku2 XD device. I already have an Apple TV2 but I was curious at what this device could do. The Roku2 is pretty much the same device as the ATV2 except the XD model supports 1080p video whereas the ATV2 will do up to 720p. It is also cheaper than the ATV2 (XD model). So far I have been enjoying it. It’s a lot lighter than the ATV2 and from I’ve read, consumes less power (2 watts).
If you haven’t seen my unboxing video, check it out below.
I also made a demo video just browsing around the many different channels.
So far, the only thing I wish it did was stream my files from my DLNA server. It does however, have a mini SDHC slot. I could store them on of those cards but that’s more work. Maybe one day, they’ll release a patch or someone will create a hack.
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.