Cutting-edge video meets aging Wi-Fi connectivity in Roku’s new budget 4K streamers.
Going into this review of the 2018 Roku Premiere and Roku Premiere+, I had a hypothesis: These new budget 4K HDR streamers would be fine for people whose routers are close to their televisions, but most buyers should opt for the Roku Streaming Stick+, which is slightly pricier but offers better Wi-Fi connectivity.
Testing the hypothesis proved me wrong. For $50, the Roku Premiere+ is a fine value for streaming 4K HDR video from services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. And in practice, you might not notice or care that it’s a single-band (2.4GHz only) Wi-Fi client that’s restricted to using the aging 802.11n wireless standard. Spending $10 more on the Streaming Stick+ is only necessary if there are lots of people at home competing for your network’s bandwidth, or if your neighbors’ Wi-Fi networks are causing interference on yours (I’ll get deeper into this a bit later).