Roku Ultra review: Is Roku Ultra worth buying?


Roku Ultra was released in October 2020. The regular price of the device is $99, but you can order it from Amazon for less. It's Roku's most powerful streaming device. Roku Ultra has more memory and an enhanced processor. It has the most powerful processor of any new Roku device.
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What's good in Roku Ultra?

Roku Ultra has many obvious strengths for its users, there are the main points.

USB Storage: The Roku Ultra allows its USB 3.0 port to play videos from external hard drives. Roku Ultra supports FAT16, FAT32, NTFS and HFS+ drive formats.

Audio: The Roku Ultra supports the following audio:

  • HDMI® digital stereo
  • DTS Digital Surround™ via HDMI
  • Dolby Atmos® decoding via HDMI. (Requires Dolby Atmos-compatible speakers.)
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Enhanced Voice Remote: Search for your favorite TV shows and movies without typing, Roku was able to find about 90% of the top movies and TV shows when you tried a voice search. The 2020 Ultra remote has the following features:

  • You can personalize two shortcut buttons to launch your favorite streaming apps.
  • Headphone jack for private listening
  • Customizable launch buttons for launching services like Philo, Hulu, ESPN+, Sling, and more
  • Voice search button
  • Control your TV with the volume and mute buttons
  • Instant replay button to rewind and play last 20 seconds

Premium JBL Headphones: Ultra includes top-of-the-line JBL headphones for use with your Roku Enhanced Voice Remote.

Remote Finder: Press the button on the top of the Roku Ultra and your remote will start beeping to remind you of its location. This feature is a must in my house.

Bluetooth Connectivity: You can connect your phone or tablet with Bluetooth to play your favorite music, podcasts, and more through your TV speakers

What comes with Roku Ultra?

The Roku Ultra comes with a Roku Advanced remote, batteries, headphones for private listening, a USB cable, and a power adapter. In addition to the exclusive features already mentioned, the Roku Ultra does the following:

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  • 802.11ac MIMO dual-band wireless
  • 10/100 Base-T Ethernet
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • 720p, 1080p and 4K UHD with HDR and Dolby Vision video, and HLG at 60 frames per second
  • Bluetooth
  • night listening mode
  • Advanced point remote voice search, headphone jack and game button
  • IR receiver for universal remote control
  • Dolby Audio pass-through via HDMI
  • HDMI cable not included

Is the Roku Ultra worth buying?

If you're looking for any of the Roku Ultra's exclusive features, it's the obvious choice. With the exception of the Roku Streaming Stick 4K, Dolby Vision is the clear standout of the other models. It's also the only Roku streamer that supports Ethernet without buying an Ethernet dongle. Those looking to upgrade their old Roku should also check out the Roku Ultra. Otherwise, unless you want the extra processing power the Ultra offers, you might want to consider the Roku Express 4K+.