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Roku Streambar First Look


One side of the small box containing Roku's Streambar consists simply of six silver words that stand out on an otherwise solid background in the company's familiar shade of purple.


It took just 21 minutes and 34 seconds from the time I began opening the Streambar box until it was on my bedroom dresser, plugged into AC, and connected to my Samsung TV via HDMI 2.0a and optical cables.


RF means the Snickers bar-size remote can control all the standard Roku streaming media player functions without having to point it at the Streambar.


There's no fee for registering with the company or activating a device, but Roku wants a valid credit card on file in case you purchase a subscription or pay-per-view content from one of the thousands of streaming services it offers.


I'd like a little more bass if the Streambar was in a media room instead of my bedroom, but the only real downside is that the few audio functions available in Roku's setup menu can't be accessed while video or music is being played.


In the meantime, I'm looking forward to spending a lot more time with the Streambar so we can provide you with a comprehensive review of Roku's initially impressive little device.






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