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Roku Express 4K Review

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I recently had the pleasure of spending some time using the Roku Express 4K streaming unit. This was my first experience ever using a Roku product. I had previously used a Fire Stick at a friend’s house, but that was it.

How did I find my time with the Roku Express 4K? Keep reading this rapid review to find out.

Easy to Use Right Out of the Box

The Roku Express 4K is a small unit and arrived neatly packaged in a bright purple case. Personally, I love colours and seeing something arrive in packaging that differs from the norm was a lovely surprise.

I am admittedly quite the technophobe. I can barely cope with using my iPhone, so I was hesitant at first. Call it worried that I would struggle to get the device to work. My fears were completely unfounded. The Roku Express 4K streaming unit is incredibly simple to use. Just plug it into the mains and into your TV’s HDMI port and you are good to go.

It really was that simple.

An image of the packaging for the Roku Express 4K streaming device
Colourful packaging made a pleasant surprise

Simple Navigation with Plenty of Features

I loved the Roku Express 4K the minute I powered it up. Not only was it easy to use, but it gave me access to so many different streaming channels. Yes, I pay for Netflix and Amazon Prime and have recently grown mildly addicted to BBC iPlayer, however, the Roku unit is something else.

I immediately started browsing through the streaming services and found a plethora of channels sending out all the horror movies a writer could ask for.

I’m not talking about your Hollywood horrors, but the mass of cheesy, B-movie style horror movies that many people never even hear about. Sharkensas Women’s Prison Massacre and Killer Klowns. I was in horror heaven.

The Roku Express 4K Saved My Euro 2020 Experience

I am not the biggest football fan. I used to be, but now, I just don’t have the patience for it. However, much like most of the nation, I did tune in to Euro 2020. Only from the Germany match onwards. I almost cried when my TV decided to throw a wobbly just before the final kicked off. Try as I might I just couldn’t get it to work.

Roku to the Rescue!

I swapped over to my Roku Express 4K and with my fingers firmly crossed tried the ITV player app. It worked first-time, and my football final heartbreak continued without interruption.

Roku Express 4K remote and TV sat on a chest of drawers, Roku Express 4K device attached to left underside of TV
A simple clean design

Customize Your Roku Display

The unit is very simple to use. You have a remote, some basic apps that you can have on your homepage, such as Netflix, BBC, ITV, Apple TV, etc. Then you can search through their catalogues for different movies or TV apps. Searching by genre was very helpful for me.

I also loved the ability to customize both my wallpapers and screensaver. There were thousands of options to choose from. I won’t admit to just how long I spent browsing and testing different options.

As a note to parents, there were a few screensavers that were certainly for adult eyes only, so if you’re using this in a kid’s room, maybe keep an eye on their settings.

Take the Roku Express 4K With You Anywhere You Go

The portability of the Roku Express 4K is one of its biggest and best attributes. I used it on the TV in my bedroom, but the flexibility it gives you is just incredible. You can take the unit on the road, once things open back up again. Whether it’s on holiday, away on business, or just while you take a Sunday afternoon trip to the in-laws.

Having 4K portability is incredible. As someone who used to travel a lot for work, having a unit like this with me would have completely changed the travel experience. Especially given some of the places I was sent.

The Roku Express 4K device and remote
Economical and easy to work

There is Nothing Not to Love About the Roku Express

I love the simplicity of the Roku Express 4K. You don’t need to connect it to any other apps or whatnot in order to get it to work. You just plug it in, grab your remote and off you go.

I never had any issues with connectivity or quality drops and to put it simply, fell in love with the unit immediately. So much so that I bought one for my best friend for their birthday this year. This may have been my first experience with a Roku product, but it certainly won’t be my last.

Rapid Reviews Rating

You can get your Roku Express 4K Streaming device from the Roku store.

If you enjoyed our review of this streaming device, you can find our other tech reviews here.

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