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Summary:

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!

  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.

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

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

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    1. Did the video not display for you?

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

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  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.

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  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!

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  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.

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  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!

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  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.

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    1. It’s 1080p HD.

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  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.

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  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?

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

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