In 2016 there were seven different Roku streaming device models. Deciding on which model of Roku could get confusing. Roku recently made things a little less confusing with their recent update to their device lineup.
All the models get a faster processor and performance boosts except for the Roku Premiere and the Roku Premiere+, both of which get discontinued.
The operating system also gets a major overhaul going from OS 7 to OS 8.
While going from seven models down to five might seem that much less confusing, it really is. There are really only three basic models: the Express, the Stick, and the Ultra.
The Ultra model is their top of the line device which not only gets a performance boost, but a price decrease as well going from $130 down to $100.
The mid-range model is split into the Roku Stick and the Roku Stick+. The main difference between the two is that the Stick+ has 4K and HDR capabilities. If you doon’t have a 4K resolution TV, the choice to get is the Stick. The Stick can be had for $50, while the Stick + retails for $70.
The Roku Express is the entry-level device and it too is split into two models, the Roku Express and the Roku Express+. The difference between these two models is that the Express+ has both HDMI and a composite connection for older TVs. If you have an older TV without an HDMI, the Roku Express+ would be the device to get. The Roku Express is only$30 while the Express+ costs $40.
FYI – With the recent upgrade, now would be a great time to get one of the older models. I recently picked up an older roku express for only $21.