Roku 2: Unbox and Setup

August 26, 2011

The Roku 2 XS is here. For this post, we’re just going to focus on the unboxing and set up. The Roku 2 XS is probably one of the easiest streaming boxes to set up, especially if you already owned a previous generation Roku. Pictured below is the packaging for the Roku 2 XS.

Roku 2 Retail Packaging
Roku 2 Package Back
Top of Roku 2 package

Opening the box!
Roku 2 Motion-Sensitive Remote for Gaming
Roku 2 vs Apple TV vs Roku XDS

Yes, the Roku 2 is small! According to Roku, it only consumes just 2 watts of power when streaming HD content. That explains why there’s no stand-by mode for the box.

Connectivity on the Roku 2 vs Roku XDS (click to enlarge)

Looking at the back of the unit, we stacked the Roku 2 on top of the previous generation Roku XDS for comparison purposes. We still have HDMI (now upside down), ethernet and power. The optical audio and component video jacks are gone. The RCA audio and video connections are now provided by a proprietary cable that’s included. If you’re using RCA since you don’t have an HDTV, I suggest you look at the the entry level Roku 2 HD instead. The Micro SD slot has been added as a means to provide more storage for additional channels and games. There’s still a USB port on the side of the unit to play local media. The reset button has been moved from the bottom of the unit to the back.

We’re okay with losing component video. Most TVs made the switch to HDMI some time ago. However, we’re bummed at the the exclusion of the optical audio port. We understand that one of the attractive things about the Roku is its low price point. The addition of the cool Wii-like remote control added to to the cost of the box. However, this omission prevents folks with older receivers from enjoying surround sound. You could use the included RCA cables and get matrixed surround sound but it just doesn’t sound as good. It would have also been nice to have retained the XDS’s dual-band wireless.

Once you plug in the box, you are quickly greeted by a bouncing Roku logo:

After it loads, you’re dropped right into set up where you can select either wireless or ethernet. After connecting to the network, the Roku will immediately downloaded the latest software.

The box then restarts and you’re asked to set your screen resolution and time zone. If you already have an existing Roku player and account, you can log in and all of your existing channels will get pulled down to the box. If not, you’ll have to create an account, but that’s pretty straightfoward. Preseto!  You’re ready to start using the Roku 2!! You’ll still have to link your various paid accounts from Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. We’ll have more to post after we spend some quality time with the Roku 2 during the hurricane. Stay Tuned.

Roku 2 Home Screen

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