Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Roku bundles its Pro voice remote and Ultra streaming box without raising the price

Roku announced Thursday that its Ultra streaming box will include its Voice Remote Pro, which upgrades the company’s standard remote by adding more buttons, always-on listening and a rechargeable battery. Although Roku includes a remote that costs $30 to purchase separately, the Ultra will maintain its original $99.99 price point.

The company said in its press release that bundling will begin “in mid-May,” and its website already says the Ultra comes with a Pro remote. When my colleague Chris Welch reviewed the remote last year, he liked that he had the option to issue voice commands to his Roku without having to press a button. While he appreciates the fact that it doesn’t need AA anymore, it’s a little disappointing that the remote charges via Micro USB.

This isn’t the first time Roku has bundled a remote with one of its streaming boxes. The $70 Streaming Stick 4K Plus also includes it. However, this model is $20 more than the regular Streaming Stick 4K. It’s great to see Roku just include it in the Ultra without a price hike. That makes a streaming box with HDR and an Ethernet port a pretty good deal — even more so when it inevitably goes on sale.


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