July 3, 2004
Roku: Convergence in the Making
Roku HD1000 ($280) is a device that's billed as a high-definition media player for consumers. It can play digital media, including stills, music files and graphics, and even video if it's a certain type the unit can read. It's designed to bring the world of computer graphics, music and video into your living room, where your HDTV resides. Yes, it can do these things, but because of its awkward user interface and sluggish response, the thing acts like it doesn't want to. By the time you're done with Roku, neither will you. Here's a review.