What's most important in today's streaming devices is the interface, an interface that lets you find what you want to watch as quickly as possible and jump in. You also need plenty of good content to enjoy. The newest box from Roku, the Roku 3, achieves both these things better than any other device I've used, making the $99.99 streaming box the best streaming device you can buy today. Visit http://beststreamingdevice.quality-
Unlike the Apple TV which can make you click through as many as four or five menus before you're able to jump into the thing you want to watch, every detail in the Roku 3's user interface is designed to minimize your effort.
Scrolling vertically lets you cycle through apps or menu options in an infinite loop so there's no need to navigate back to the top of a list. (If you've used Apple TV's menus before, you know this can be a pain.) Scrolling horizontally lets you dive deeper into your selection, meaning you can launch the app you want or get more information on a specific piece of content. These are tiny details, but they feel so natural that the interface almost disappears. I haven't seen anyone pull that off on the television screen yet.
While the shape of the Roku 3 box is a little different, it still maintains that basic tiny cube shape with an incredibly simple remote control. The new remote features a headphone jack for private listening, so anything you are streaming through the Roku 3 you can choose to listen to with just the remote. Syncing the audio and video this way will be a neat trick, something we’ve seen already with the Wii U. While Roku doesn’t explicitly describe how this works, it’s likely that we’re not far from a teardown that will expose the feature a little more.
For $99, it’s still pretty hard to find something better than the Roku setup. As Smart TVs try to add features that replicate the simple interface of the Roku service, there’s still very little out there that compares. Roku plans to make their latest hardware available to everyone online and on shelves in April.