The 2020 Roku Ultra now comes with the 2021 Voice Remote Pro

The 2020 Roku Ultra now comes with the 2021 Voice Remote Pro

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Roku contiguous announced that it’s present packaging the Roku Ultra with the Roku Voice Remote Pro. The erstwhile was past updated successful 2020, and the second is the caller distant with hands-free dependable commands and a rechargeable battery, released successful 2021 alongside the Roku Streaming Stick 4K+.

What this is not, immoderate headlines to the contrary, is simply a caller Roku Ultra. It’s a caller bundle is all, astatine the aforesaid terms that Roku Ultra usually retails for, which is $99 (though you often tin find it connected sale). New bundle, aged hardware. Make sense?

Roku Voice Remote Pro.The 2021 Roku Voice Remote Pro. Phil Nickinson/Digital Trends

Still, what you get are 2 of the champion products Roku has to offer. Roku Ultra is the astir almighty Roku subordinate (that is: stick/dongle/box that stands connected its own), ticking each the specs boxes that Roku has to tick. That means Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. HDR10+ and the champion networking. And Voice Remote Pro takes the aged Roku Voice Remote and adds a rechargeable artillery (or removes the removable batteries, if you want) and tosses successful an always-listening microphone.

You tin inactive bargain the Voice Remote Pro for $30 connected its own, truthful you don’t person to update your full Roku strategy to get that other functionality. If you already person a Roku Ultra from the last, oh, 5 years oregon so, you’re astir surely inactive good. These things past forever, and it’s usually going to instrumentality a fewer versions earlier Roku decides to end-of-life older hardware. In fact, Roku presently supports four older Ultra models that “are nary longer manufactured, but tin tally the latest Roku OS.” They’re the 4640X, 4660X, 4662X, and 4670X. (The 2020 exemplary is the 4800X.)

Why Roku didn’t conscionable merchantability the champion distant with the champion container from the leap is anyone’s guess. (That’s what Amazon Fire TV did erstwhile it updated its distant control.) The answer, of course, astir surely conscionable comes down to business.

But this latest determination makes sense, and bully connected Roku for making the change.

But what it doesn’t marque is immoderate benignant of caller Roku 2022 model. For caller hardware, we’ll conscionable person to wait.

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