Roku has an interesting post thanksgiving tradition that is the equivalent of eating leftovers. It is called the Roku SE. The SE stands for “Special Edition”. What makes the product a special edition? Because it is only rolled out once a year at most like the McRib. The product is not ever Roku’s top notch model but what it is a value product akin to Roku’s entry level devices. The most special thing is the price which is in the case of the 2019 Roku SE $18.00.
The product ships with an HDMI cable which in itself adds to the value of the product. Considering that a lower cost HDMI cable costs between 6 and 15 bucks.
Is this product going to be better than the Roku Ultra, which will sell for 49.99 on Black Friday? Oh no not at all. But is it a very easy entry to the Roku family for a very good price that people looking to get into streaming will enjoy? Oh yeah.
The SE offers all you expect from Roku at a value price and makes streaming simple. Ideal for new users, secondary TVs and easy gifting, the Roku SE is compact. To enjoy live TV, news, sports, hit movies, popular shows, music and more, consumers simply plug the device into their TV using the included High-Speed HDMI cable and power cable and connect to the internet. Plus, with access to hundreds of free channels, including The Roku Channel, users can enjoy more free content without spending more. Roku SE is available in store at Walmart and online at Walmart.com beginning Nov. 28 while supplies last.
So if you are making your way out to a big box store on Black Friday and see the SE on the shelf understand that it will not be the top product the company can offer, but it will definitely not hurt to have one around. And it makes for a fun gift to those who are looking to get started on a streaming adventure.
802.11bgn single-band wireless
Up to 1080p (1920 x 1080) with up-scaling from 720p
Micro USB for power
Digital stereo over HDMI®
DTS Digital Surround™ pass through over HDMI
Dolby Audio™ and Dolby ATMOS® pass through over HDMI
Roku standard IR remote with channel shortcut buttons
Streaming player includes IR receiver (compatible with various universal remotes)
< 2.2W (typical) when streaming Power input 5V – 1A