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Apple TV Vs Roku Ultra: Does 4K ALWAYS Trump 1080p?

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Apple TV Vs Roku Ultra: Does 4K ALWAYS Trump 1080p?

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The struggle for the lounge is on, as we examine Apple TV to the brand new 4K-ready Roku Extremely

Michael Grothaus 11:20, 12 Oct 2016

Just lately Roku dropped an entire new collection of virtual media gamers in hopes of creating one that matches everybody's wishes. Their lineup now includes the Roku Express, Roku Express+, Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+ and Roku Ultra. Principally, as you progress up the road, the virtual media participant positive aspects extra options. Roku has lengthy been the marketplace chief in virtual media gamers, however in fact it is noticed a large number of festival from Apple within the remaining yr with its new 4th era Apple TV. That Apple TV hasn’t won any hardware upgrades because it used to be unveiled in autumn 2015, nevertheless it did obtain a tool update q4.

It will be unfair to match the lower-end Roku devices with the Apple TV–a top class software, so what we need to know is how does Roku’s top class virtual media participant–the Roku Extremely–stack as much as the Apple TV. And which is the appropriate one for you? We took a glance to determine.

The New Apple TV Vs Roku Extremely: Specifications and Design

Right here’s the specifications for the brand new Apple TV:

  • Output: HDMI
  • Processor: Twin-core A8 chip
  • RAM: 2 GB 
  • Garage: 32 GB or 64 GB
  • Max. Output Video Solution: 1080p
  • Dimensions: 98(L) x 98(W) x 33(H) mm
  • Weight: 425 g
  • Connectivity: 10/100BASE‑T Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi, Bluetooth 4.0

And right here’s the specifications for the Roku Extremely:

  • Output: HDMI, optical audio
  • Processor: Quad-Core processor (sort unknown)
  • RAM: Unknown
  • Garage: 256 MB integrated (unconfirmed), microSD card port for extra recreation and channel garage, USB port for private media enlargement
  • Max. Output Video Solution: 4K UHD with HDR give a boost to
  • Dimensions: 125(L) x 125(W) x 22(H) mm
  • Weight: 227 g
  • Connectivity: 10/100BASE‑T Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi

I do know we are living in a spec-intensive tech global, however truthfully in terms of virtual media participant’s the interior specifications of the units don’t topic that a lot. Why? As a result of their number one serve as is to movement video and for that a large number of computing energy isn’t essential. However shall we run thru the ones spec variations simply so we will be able to get them out of the best way.

The Apple TV handiest has a twin core processor, however that’s sufficient for what it must do (move 1080p video). Then again, the Roku Extremely has a quad-core processor. Why? As it wishes the additional energy to procedure its 4K UHD video it helps (extra on that beneath). As for RAM, the Apple TV has 2GB. It’s unknown how a lot the Roku Extremely has, however it in all probability has no less than 1.5GB. However the place streaming video is the secret, any other over 1GB is greater than sufficient.

At the garage entrance the diversities are MASSIVE. The Apple TV is available in 32 and 64 GB choices. That is essential, since the Apple TV has its personal iOS-like App Retailer that has each apps and video games. The extra apps and video games you could have the more space you wish to have. The Roku Extremely most effective has 256 MB of garage inbuilt as a result of virtually the whole thing it does is streamed. That being stated, the Roku Extremely does take pleasure in a microSD card port for extra recreation and channel garage and a USB port for private media enlargement (assume your own video and pics). The Apple TV lacks exterior garage.

Any other factor the Apple TV lacks is give a boost to for 4K video, which the Roku Extremely helps. Sure, right here Roku obviously wins–and now not best does it beef up 4K UHD video, it additionally helps HDR. HDR stands for Top Dynamic Vary and it lets in for a extra bright colour pallet in video and video games together with brighter whites, deeper blacks and extra herbal colours. Then again, despite the fact that increasingly more $Okay content material is changing into to be had, HDR content material continues to be at an absolute minimal, so it’s now not positive how helpful this option will in fact be.

That being stated, it’s great to understand your Roku Extremely is long run evidence, the place the brand new Apple TV isn't. Some other great factor concerning the Roku Extremely is this is gives optical audio out–one thing audio buffs will love. The Apple TV doesn’t be offering optical audio.

So far as their designs: good day, they’re each black bins. The Roku is thinner and wider, while the Apple TV is taller however thicker.

The New Apple TV Vs Roku Extremely: Remotes

The Roku Extremely comes with a bodily far flung that still doubles as a fundamental recreation controller. It additionally includes a artful integrated headphone jack. Plug for your headphone to it (Roku features a pair) and the sound for your TV is mechanically muted and directed in the course of the far flung into your ears. That is nice for many who could also be the use of the Roku past due at night time whilst others could also be napping. Roku even constructed quantity buttons into the aspect of the far flung so you'll be able to keep an eye on the quantity when the headphones are plugged in.


The Roku Extremely faraway additionally provides a speaker. Why? How repeatedly have you ever misplaced your far flung? Yeah, I assumed so. Smartly now all of your want to do is press a button on most sensible of your Roku Extremely and the far flung will play an audio tone alerting you to its location. Moreover, the Roku Extremely faraway gives voice seek. Yep, talk the name, actor, or director of the content material you wish to have to observe and Roku will in finding it for you. In spite of everything, a brand spanking new function to the Roku Extremely and faraway is the devoted “Misplaced Far flung” button constructed into the highest of the Roku Extremely field. Press it and your far flung will inform you the place it's hiding.

Voice seek could also be one thing the new Apple TV faraway gives. Referred to as the “Siri Faraway”–you guessed it–the primary function is Siri integration. Now you'll be able to press a Siri button at the faraway and talk your command on your Apple TV. You'll be able to say such things as “In finding films with Tom Cruise” and the Apple TV will in finding all of them in accordance with your command. However you'll be able to additionally use the Siri Faraway to navigate inside of films. For those who overlooked one thing a personality has stated you'll be able to say “What did he say” and Siri may have the Apple TV right away rewind. You'll be able to additionally use the Siri Far flung to allow such things as closed captioning or use it to as your Apple TV concerning the climate.

And that’s now not all of the Siri Far flung can do. It’s additionally were given a marginally pad at its most sensible–now not extra clicking thru menus with directional buttons. Now you'll be able to swipe thru them conveniently. As though that’s now not sufficient, the Siri Far flung additionally has a integrated IR transmitter so it could actually if truth be told regulate the quantity in your TV or A/V receiver and switch it on or off too. That suggests there’s no want to succeed in for a separate faraway to regulate the quantity.

The New Apple TV Vs Roku Extremely: OS and Content material

Each the brand new Apple TV and the Roku Extremely options utterly made over OSes. Let’s get started with Apple’s software: The brand new Apple TV’s OS is totally other than the previous Apple TV’s OS.  It’s formally referred to as tvOS and it's got a lovely new interface that’s a lot more enjoyable to the attention. Along with its personal App Retailer it additionally options some very cool movement, top definition video screensavers that show when your Apple TV is idle. It’s a small function, however one this is very cool.

However the coolest factor about tvOS is its seek function. At the previous Apple TV you need to most effective seek inside of person channels. With the brand new Apple TV each time you seek (by means of voice or textual content) it searches maximum channels and apps in your Apple TV. This implies when you seek for films starring Brad Pitt, you’ll now not best see effects from the iTunes Retailer, however from Netflix, HBO GO, and no matter different apps you will have put in. To be truthful to the Roku Extremely, that tool has identical common seek capability.

And talking of that App Retailer–buh bye channels. The brand new Apple TV is all app-based. Which means any person–regardless of the media supplier–could make channels for the tvOS App Retailer. That’s exceptionally cool as it method content material suppliers just like the BBC, as an example, who had lengthy been absent from the Apple TV, can now simply make apps for it (which the BBC did previous this yr).

Now let us take a look at the Roku Extremely. It’s new OS is known as Roku OS 7. A lot of it resembles the older OS on earlier Roku gamers: it gives over 2,500 channels together with all of the primary ones like Netflix, Amazon Immediate Video, Hulu Plus, Crackle, YouTube, Showtime Anytime, WatchESPN, Bloomberg TV, Vevo, HBO GO, and Pandora. However the giant factor about Roku OS 7 is what it calls Roku Feed. This permits the consumer to bookmark favourite TV presentations and films. You’ll then get a notification when one of the crucial channels Roku gives has that display or film on it.

In some way that is just like the common seek tvOS gives, nevertheless it’s extra useful in that Roku tracks what you prefer and signals you when it turns into to be had. With the Apple TV it’s as much as you to keep in mind to seek for it.

The New Apple TV Vs Roku Extremely: Gaming

Each and every virtual media participant additionally doubles as an off-the-cuff video games console. The Roku Extremely comes with a far flung keep an eye on that doubles as a recreation pad. Then again, its shape issue resembles a type of bar telephones you in finding at the again of your airline seat that has a easy D-pad and and A and B button. It’s now not too ergonomic and is extra of an afterthought. That being stated, the far flung additionally works as a movement controller, so be expecting some Wii-like gaming.

As for the brand new Apple TV, it additionally performs tvOS video games, lots of which might be ports from iOS. As for controlling the ones video games you'll be able to use the incorporated Siri Far flung’s touchpad or use it as a wand-style far flung ala the Wii Faraway. On the other hand, controlling maximum video games with the Siri Far flung is a chore at absolute best and other folks typically get lovely annoyed. That’s most probably why the brand new Apple TV additionally helps third-party recreation controllers. However base line right here is that if you wish to have a video games console, go for an Xbox or Ps.

The New Apple TV Vs Roku Extremely: Worth And Verdict

Issuing a verdict on which of those virtual media gamers is highest is tricky for a lot of causes. First is the fee–the vary wildly. The new Apple TV 32 GB model will cost £139 and the 64 GB version will cost £179.

The new Roku Ultra costs only $129 – or about £107 (however no respectable UK pricing has been introduced but).

For the upper costs you get that tremendous touchpad Siri Far flung with the Apple TV. But the far flung at the Roku Extremely isn’t too shabby both. When you care about gaming, it’s protected to mention the Apple TV is the winner–it’s were given the App Retailer, which has loads of iOS-level video games. On the other hand, the brand new Apple TV doesn’t be offering 4K video streaming of HDR fortify, however the Roku Extremely does. More and more primary video streaming products and services like Netflix and Amazon Quick Video are providing extra 4K content material–and HDR enhance is certain to develop. In the event you get the brand new Apple TV you’ll be caught gazing 1080p.

The secret's it’s a tricky name as to what you will have to make a selection. I’d say in case you care about probably the most content material at the best quality opt for the Roku Extremely. However in the event you care about probably the most options (apps and video games) opt for the Apple TV.

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