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Roku makes our favorite streaming devices, so we were very excited to hear that the company has finally replaced 2017's Roku Streaming Stick+ with a new and improved version: the Roku Streaming Stick 4K, available to pre-order now for $49.99 from Roku, and shipping October 14th.
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The Roku Streaming Stick 4K raises the game by, among other things, adding Dolby Vision support for HDR streaming. And if you're looking to go even bigger, you may want to check out the Roku Streaming Stick 4K+, which bundles the handy Voice Remote Pro for USB charging (no more batteries), a headphone jack, and a remote finder at a $20 bump to $69.99 ($10 off), shipping October 17th.
While the older Streaming Stick+ already streamed in 4K and HDR, it didn't always excel at the matter, needing to be fairly close to your router to get enough speed for seamless streaming. Roku's VP of Retail Product Strategy, Mark Ely, says the company has souped up the new stick by making it "faster and more powerful than ever."
That includes a redesigned Wi-Fi receiver that aims to give you twice as much speed as the older Stick+ and a quad-core processor for up to 30% faster boot times.
The Streaming Stick 4K is also the first Roku stick capable of playing content in Dolby Vision, often thought of as the premium (and most streaming-intensive) HDR format at present, previously reserved for the Roku Ultra. The new device will also support HDR10+ (Dolby Vision's closest competitor).
Despite these changes, the outward form factor is still roughly the same design that TV lovers and tech reviewers have praised for years: a tiny stick that plugs right into one of your TV's HDMI inputs and is powered over USB.
The Streaming Stick 4K is compatible with Apple's AirPlay 2, and HomeKit for further ecosystem fluidity, as well as Alexa and Google Assistant—so you can talk softly to your big Stick in multiple ways.
Reviewed will be doing a full review of the new Streaming Stick 4K, where we'll dive even deeper into the product's hits and misses. But if you just can't wait, both the Streaming Stick 4K and 4K+ are available for pre-order now.
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