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Switching to Atari VCS for an all-in-one Fully Functional PC/Video Streamer/Gaming Console for TV
Reviewed in the United States on October 17, 2018
EDIT: I pre ordered the Atari VCS because i grew tired of the limitations of Roku and other popular video streaming devices as they all either have no web browser or a poorly functioning web browser.The Atari VCS will be a Linux based fully functional computer with fully functional web browser/Video Streamer with Apps/Gaming Console that can do it all on your TV.That is EXACTLY what I have always wanted.
I 've used Roku for years,including several different models.Here are some points to consider when deciding on which model of Roku to buy:
1)If you need to connect by WiFi in a room far away from your WiFi router,I would recommend the Roku Streaming Stick PLUS or Roku Ultra.
2)If you have a 4K TV,I would recommend the Roku Ultra or Roku Streaming Stick PLUS.Premiere 2018 model can also play 4K content.
3)To search for content using your voice,go with either the Streaming Stick,Streaming Stick PLUS or Ultra.All 3 of these models also have a remote that can control the power and volume on your TV.
There is also a Roku app for Android & iPhone/iPad that lets you use your smartphone/tablet to control any Roku device and use your phone/tablet on-screen keyboard or voice for searches.
4)If you want a wired ethernet connection,go with the Roku Ultra.
5)If you want to connect to an old TV with RCA/Composite audio/video jacks,you will need the Express PLUS
6)The Express and Premiere 2018 models have a remote where it has to be pointed at the device,unlike the other Roku models.
My gripe with Roku and other streaming devices is the lack of a fully functional web browser.I have been surfing the web on TV for years and find it ridiculous when an internet connected TV device does not allow you to surf the internet and forces one to switch to yet another internet connected device to do so.
I am aware of screen mirroring function from smartphone/PC/tablet but find that a poor excuse to not include a web browser.Many people who type a lot of messages and/or emails like myself prefer typing on a wireless keyboard rather than a phone/tablet or remote control.