Chromecast and Roku are two of the most popular media streaming set top boxes in the market. Both of them are quite inexpensive, and they have a large number of apps. As fans and industry experts eagerly await the launch of Roku 4, one has to wonder whether it will take over the market, or if Chromecast will still have what it takes to compete. The following is a detailed comparison of these two devices:
A lot of consumers consider the price of a device before they purchase it. Most Roku devices have been around $100 when they were launched, and it is safe to bet that the Roku 4 will cost around this figure. However, Chromecast has a price tag of $35. With all its features, it is hard to beat a price that is this low. It definitely offers great value for money. However, Roku 4 offers a lot of quality features which help to justify its higher price.
Before purchasing media streaming devices, most consumers look at the types and number of supported applications. Users who feel that this is a priority will be pleased to know that the Roku 4 supports more than 1700 apps. It is the undisputed king of channels, with selections such as Netflix, Vudu, Pandora, Amazon, NFL Now, YouTube, PBS, HBO Go and Showtime Anytime. Roku is renowned for providing reliable and consistent updates to its apps and set top boxes.
When it comes to applications and channels, Chromecast still has some catching up to do. Chromecast started with YouTube and Netflix only, but its channel selection is growing. It now has a number of apps, including Hulu Plus, Google Music, Pandora, Vudu, HBO Go, and Vevo. However, there is a lot of room for improvement, as the app selection could be better.
The Roku 4K is expected to have an updated RAM and processor. This means that users can expect speeds that are even faster than what they are experiencing with Roku 3. The increased speeds mean that it will be more responsive than other set top boxes, including Chromecast.
Roku 4 is expected to be relatively small. It has a wireless remote control which is expected to have more buttons for the added functions. It is powered by an AC wall adapter. It is also expected to come with a separate game controller for games enthusiasts.
Chromecast is extremely compact, as it is a small dongle that literally hides behind the TV. It does not have any added peripherals such as remote controls. In order to use the Chromecast, the user will have to download the app on their iOS or Android phone and tablet. They will then pair the device with the Chromecast stick, and cast the content directly to their TV.
Roku comes with an AC adapter which helps to power it. It will have an updated Menu and User Interface which will make it very easy to use. Chromecast on the other hand does not come with any peripherals, including an AC wall adapter. Therefore, it will need to draw power from the TVs USB port. This means that it has to power up every time the television is turned on. This process usually takes several seconds.
Chromecast and Roku 4 each have their own advantages and disadvantages. Roku is ideal for individuals who would like a wide selection of applications and channels. Chromecast is ideal for consumers who want a compact and reasonably priced device that streams key content.