Roku’s got a new box, with a surprise: The Roku 3 remote control sports a headphone jack. What’s that all about, and what else is new? Check our review for answers.

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Roku’s new Roku 3 is out, complete with a revamped UI and a remote control that sports a headphone jack. Check out our video review:

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What’s your take on the new Roku, and especially the headphone jack? Worth a buy, or just a gimmick? Sound off in the comments below, get in touch with us on Twitter (@cordcutters) or email us at cordcutters @ gigaom.com. Also, please check out our new Google+ Cord Cutters community!

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  1. I think the headphone jack is GENIUS!! I purchased it just for that. Also I have always felt the UI on the roku 2 was a little sluggish, so the snappier UI is something I am looking forward to.

  2. Love the Roku 2, but probably not rushing to buy a new one.

  3. Great article, no content and a up sell to a ebook about cancelling cable…ugh

    1. Janko Roettgers jcd Friday, March 8, 2013

      Did the video not display for you?

      1. Click on the 2nd video display, not the 1st one in the summary area

  4. Since I let my wife borrow my Roku 2, I might have to sneak me a R3. I have an Apple TV, but I don’t care for the Netflix app.

  5. Charles Gammill Thursday, March 7, 2013

    Headphone jack is a huge selling point for me to upgrade. It will solve a lot of arguments in my house!

  6. Ryan Michael Downey Friday, March 8, 2013

    I like the tweaks, but in truth I am just pleased with the new interface. There is nothing about it that would prompt me to replace the XD though. I am looking for a few major things, a youtube app, mirroring and or airplay and an xbmc app. I love ROKU in general but would not teell anyone who has a Roku 2 already to replace it with the Roku 3.

  7. Dina Dimopoulos Friday, March 8, 2013

    I purchased one the second I read it was available. The ear jack is a brilliant idea! The nicer UI is a welcome addition as well. I LOVE Roku! I own 1 of each iteration & have never had a problem. I have YouTube as well, since I was lucky enough to add it before they chose to remove it. The Plex app and PlayOn scripts make it a perfect media box!

  8. Well, I glanced at your article and the first couple pages of info at the Roku site – no mention of whether it’s SD or HD and if the latter, how high a level.

    Maybe folks who’ve found the products interesting enough to have followed along for a spell know the answers. If Roku is not sharp enough to put that info on their pages, I ain’t interested enough to go searching for it.

    1. Janko Roettgers eideard Friday, March 8, 2013

      It’s 1080p HD.

  9. Brian from Boston Friday, March 8, 2013

    My wife is hard of hearing and always wears headphones to watch tv.
    The remote headphone connection is a stroke of genius.

  10. Gary Dauphin Friday, March 8, 2013

    Headphone jack = brilliant idea. I just wonder if there is no lag between the audio and video that causes a sync problem. What tech do they use to transmit the audio? Bluetooth? IR? Other?

    1. I believe I read that it transmits over WiFi.

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