Roku Express vs Stick: Full Comparison With Pros, Cons, and Features

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Let’s compare and contrast the Roku Express and the Roku Streaming Stick, paying close attention to the things that set them apart.

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The latest Roku Streaming Stick costs around $49.99, while the Streaming Stick 4K Plus goes for around $69.99. That’s nearly double that of the Express 4K Plus.

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Express and Express 4K Plus work similarly to the Ultra but with fewer high-end features. It’s a streaming box not unlike the devices Roku has been known for since 2008.

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Hardware

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The Roku Stick simply plugs into the HDMI port on your TV, keeping it out of sight and eliminating the need for any sort of box sitting out in the open.

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Of the two devices, Roku Streaming Stick is the winner. The Express’s lack of Dolby Vision is a major setback And its 4K Plus model is the only version that offers 4K HDR.

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Which One Should You Use?

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Roku was at one time significantly indebted to Netflix, but the streaming service since sold its stake in 2009 after the launch of the first-generation Roku devices.

Is Roku owned by Netflix?

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No. A Roku TV will do the same as a Roku device, so there’s no need to purchase a new Roku device unless you want to.

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Do I need a Roku device if I have a Roku TV?

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