Roku Express 4K+ budget streamer goes live alongside new Voice Remote Pro and Streambar Pro

A trio of new Roku goodies unveiled by streaming specialist

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Streaming specialist Roku has unveiled the Express 4K+; a budget-friendly 4K streaming box, alongside its first-ever rechargeable remote, as well as a brand new smart soundbar.

The Roku Express 4K Plus is a TV setup box that supports 4K, HD, HDR, HDR10, and HDR10+ streaming. With a price tag of $39.99, it costs $10 less than the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K.

When it comes to setting up the Express 4K Plus, which is capable of 4K HDR streaming with HDR10+, you connect it to your TV using a supplied HDMI cable and link it to your internet connection via dual-band Wi-Fi or you can use a Micro USB / Ethernet adapter.

It comes with a remote that provides buttons for turning the TV on and off, controlling the volume, muting sound, flicking between channels, finding a specific show or movie to watch, and more.

If you’d rather shout commands at your TV than using physical buttons, you’ll be happy to learn that the Express 4K+ provides voice control via an Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant device.

And thanks to Apple AirPlay 2 compatibility, you can control the Express 4K+ and stream content - including video - from an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or a different Apple device.

There’s also HomeKit support, allowing you to control the setup box via Siri or the Home app on your Apple device.

In addition to a super affordable 4K setup box, Roku has also shown off a rechargeable remote. The new Roku Voice Remote Pro sports a built-in rechargeable battery and hands-free voice control for just $29.99.

Roku Voice Remote Pro

Roku says it’ll work with all Roku TV streaming boxes, audio devices, and 'select' streaming players. It also claims that the rechargeable battery will last months on a single charge.

With the Voice Remote Pro, you can turn your TV on or off, change the volume, mute the sound, find something to watch, and lots more using easy-to-use buttons.

But you do have the choice of controlling your TV via hands-free voice commands. To use voice control, simply say “Hey Roku” followed by a command. You can even create one-touch shortcuts for your favorite voice commands.

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Should you ever lose your remote (we’ve all been there), you can just say “Hey Roku, where’s my remote” or go into the Roku mobile app to set off a chime sound to help locate it.

If you’re paranoid about your remote eavesdropping on your personal conversations, you can deactivate hands-free voice control and enable push-to-talk voice controls instead.

Last but certainly not least, Roku has also announced a new soundbar called the Streambar Pro.

A bigger brother to the Roku Streambar, the Pro offers two-in-one 4K streaming, cinema-quality sound, a Roku Voice Remote, a Virtual Surround feature, and more.

The Streambar Pro will be available to purchase in late May and will cost $179.99.

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