2015 was full of new streaming boxes from Roku, Apple, and Amazon. Not only did we get a Roku 4, Chromecast 2, Nvidia Shield, Fire TV 2, and a new Apple TV we also got a new line of Roku 2s and Roku 3s.
From 4K devices to large hard drives for gaming—every device has its own strengths and weaknesses.
When looking at which device is best for cord cutters we considered content, options, and features. Of these, content is king. Without content the device is just an expensive brick of metal and plastic.
The 2015 Cordy Award for Best New Streaming Box of 2015 goes to: The Roku 4!
There are a lot of great devices on the market but when looking at content, options, and features the Roku 4 stands out. No other box has as much content and as many options or features—from great 60fps 4K to the largest selection of content—Roku has the most video apps and content stores.
Not only does Roku stand out with its content but it also has features that make it stand out from the Apple TV and the new Fire TV 2—from a USB port to optical audio for surround systems that the Fire TV does not have—the Roku 4 is loaded with features.
The last big feature that pushed the Roku 4 over the top for us was the remote. The quick buttons and simple layout makes the Roku 4 easy for anyone to use even if you are not tech savvy. The ease of use combined with a powerful system makes it perfect for power users or beginners.