Roku’s $ 50 Streaming Stick 4K has been one of our favorite devices for years. It’s inexpensive, affordable, and contains just about every feature you want in a streaming gadget. This year, Roku is finally adding a long-awaited feature to its new 4K stick: Dolby Vision HDR. This is something that the Roku Ultra started supporting last year, and it’s a big problem especially for home theater lovers. On top of that, the new Streaming Stick 4K speeds up about 30 percent faster than before, and the revamped wireless receiver makes Wi-Fi speeds up to twice as fast, according to Roku.
Like the HDR10 format, Dolby Vision offers higher peak brightness levels and more nuanced dark scenes. But it can also do so dynamically by adjusting its contrast and brightness levels for each individual frame in a movie or TV show. This is something that HDR10 cannot do, although it has since been added to the newer HDR10 + format, which also supports the new 4K streaming stick. However, there is a lot more Dolby Vision content today, so I would bet most people would be more excited for Dolby Vision than HDR10 + support.
While the 4K streaming stick lives up to Roku’s standard voice remote control, you can also opt for the $ 70 Streaming Stick 4K + bundle, packaged in the company’s new Voice Remote Pro. Typically, a $ 30 upgrade adds the smarter clicker hands-free voice search (instead of pressing a button), as well as a rechargeable battery. And if you’re looking for a little more power, the $ 80 Wal-Mart-exclusive Roku Ultra LT also gets Dolby Vision, a faster processor and better Wi-Fi.
For most people, the Roku Streaming Stick 4K is probably all the streaming player you need. You can get faster speeds and more connectivity with the $ 100 Roku Ultra, or a nicer interface and game ecosystem with the $ 179 Apple TV 4K. But if it’s just about streaming video in the best formats, you do not have to spend more than $ 50. You will see the new Roku Streaming Stick 4K sometime mid-October in the US and in the coming months in Canada, Mexico and
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