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Whats’ the difference between the Roku Express 4K+, Streaming Stick+ and Ultra?

The Express 4K+ is the latest streaming media player by Roku. So, how does the new model compare to the similar Streaming Stick+ and Ultra?

You can find out in this comparison guide between these three Roku products.

Quick Summary

When compared to the Roku Streaming Stick+, the Roku Express 4K+ added additional HDR support as it supports HDR10+ and HLG. Otherwise, the two media players are pretty much identical when it comes to features.

If you are looking for a 4K HDR streaming player, then the best option from Roku is still the Ultra. Unlike the Streaming Stick+ and Express 4K+, the Ultra model supports Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, USB media playback, Bluetooth streaming and lost remote finder.

Express 4K+ vs. Streaming Stick+ vs. Ultra Comparison Chart

You can take a look at Seeking Tech’s comparison table for the three streaming media players below.

 Roku Express 4K+ (3941R)Roku Streaming Stick+ (3810R)Roku Ultra (4800R)
What’s in the BoxRoku Express 4K+ streaming player

Voice remote controller

2x AAA batteries

High Speed HDMI Cable

USB power cable

Power adaptor

Adhesive mounting strip
Roku Streaming Stick+ streaming player

Voice remote controller

2x AAA batteries

USB power cable with long-range wireless receiver

Power adaptor

Power extender cable
Roku Ultra streaming player

Voice remote controller

2x AA batteries

Headphones

High Speed HDMI Cable

Power adaptor
Weight44.6 grams25.5 grams167.3 grams
Dimensions0.8 in x 3.4 in x 1.5 in (or 20.8 mm x 86.3 mm x 39.3 mm)0.8 in x 3.7 in x 0.47 in (or 20.3 mm x 93.98 mm x 11.9 mm)1.0 in x 4.9 in x 5.0 in (or 25.4 mm x 124.4 mm x 127.0 mm)
CPURealtek 1315ARM Cortex A53ARM Cortex A55
Accelerated Graphics APIOpenGL ES 2.0OpenGL ES 2.0OpenGL ES 2.0
RAM1 GB1 GB2 GB
Internet Connection802.11ac MIMO dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz/5 GHz)802.11ac MIMO dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz/5 GHz)802.11ac MIMO dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz/5 GHz)

10/100 Base-T Ethernet
Portsmicro USB power port

HDMI
Power

HDMI

mini USB port for long-range wireless receiver
Power

HDMI

Ethernet 10/100

USB
USB Media Playback?NoNoYes
Maximum User Interface Resolution1080p1080p1080p
Maximum Playback Resolution4K resolution and 60 frames per second with HDR4K resolution and 60 frames per second with HDR4K resolution and 60 frames per second with HDR
Supported HDTV Resolutions1080p

720p upscaled to 1080p
1080p

720p upscaled to 1080p
1080p

720p upscaled to 1080p
Supported 4K UHD TV Resolutions4K

1080p upscaled to 4K

720p upscaled to 4K
4K

1080p upscaled to 4K

720p upscaled to 4K
4K

1080p upscaled to 4K

720p upscaled to 4K
Supported HDR FeaturesHDR10

HDR10+

HLG
HDR10HDR10

Dolby Vision

HLG
Copy Protection RequirementHDCP 2.2HDCP 2.2HDCP 2.2
Audio FeaturesDigital stereo over HDMI

DTS Digital Surround HDMI pass through

Dolby audio HDMI pass through
Digital stereo over HDMI

DTS Digital Surround HDMI pass through

Dolby audio HDMI pass through
Digital stereo over HDMI

DTS Digital Surround HDMI pass through

Dolby Atmos over HDMI (requires Dolby Atmos compatible devices)
Private Listening?YesYesYes
Roku Mobile App?YesYesYes
CompatibilityAlexa

Apple AirPlay

Apple HomeKit

Hey Google
Alexa

Apple AirPlay

Apple HomeKit

Hey Google
Alexa

Apple AirPlay

Apple HomeKit

Bluetooth Streaming

Hey Google
Lost Remote Finder?NoYesYes
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What’s in the Box

You can check out the content included in each box for all three products below:

Roku Express 4K+ (3941R):

  • Roku Express 4K+ streaming player
  • Voice remote controller
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • High Speed HDMI Cable
  • USB power cable
  • Power adaptor
  • Adhesive mounting strip

Roku Streaming Stick+ (3810R):

  • Roku Streaming Stick+ streaming player
  • Voice remote controller
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • USB power cable with long-range wireless receiver
  • Power adaptor
  • Power extender cable

Roku Ultra (4800R):

  • Roku Ultra streaming player
  • Voice remote controller
  • 2x AA batteries
  • Headphones
  • High Speed HDMI Cable
  • Power adaptor

Weight

The Roku Ultra is easily the heaviest media player out of this group with the Roku Express 4K+ coming in a distant second. The Roku Streaming Stick+ is the lightest of the three.

You can check out the weight specifications below:

  • Roku Express 4K+: 44.6 grams
  • Roku Streaming Stick+: 25.5 grams
  • Roku Ultra: 167.3 grams

Dimensions

When it comes to the physical side, the Streaming Stick Plus is the smallest player, followed by the new Express 4K Plus. The Ultra is the bulkiest.

You can find the exact measurements, which is displayed as Height x Width x Depth, below:

  • Roku Express 4K+: 0.8 in x 3.4 in x 1.5 in (or 20.8 mm x 86.3 mm x 39.3 mm)
  • Roku Streaming Stick+: 0.8 in x 3.7 in x 0.47 in (or 20.3 mm x 93.98 mm x 11.9 mm)
  • Roku Ultra: 1.0 in x 4.9 in x 5.0 in (or 25.4 mm x 124.4 mm x 127.0 mm)

CPU

When it comes to the CPU, the new Roku Express 4K+ is equipped with Realtek 1315. The Roku Streaming Stick+ uses ARM Cortex A53 while the Roku Ultra uses ARM Cortex A55.

Accelerated Graphics API

As for the accelerated graphics API, all three of the media players in this versus showdown utilize OpenGL ES 2.0.

RAM

The Roku Express 4K+ and Roku Streaming Stick+ are each equipped with 1 GB RAM while the Roku Ultra in equipped with 2 GB RAM.

Internet Connection

When it comes to connecting online, all three devices feature 802.11ac MIMO dual-band Wi-Fi. With the Ultra, you can also connect to the Internet by using a wired Ethernet connection.

You can check out a breakdown of the Internet connection options below:

Roku Express 4K+:

  • 802.11ac MIMO dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz/5 GHz)

Roku Streaming Stick+:

  • 802.11ac MIMO dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz/5 GHz)

Roku Ultra:

  • 802.11ac MIMO dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz/5 GHz)
  • 10/100 Base-T Ethernet

Ports

You can also take a look at the ports included for each of the Roku media players below:

Roku Express 4K+:

  • micro USB power port
  • HDMI

Roku Streaming Stick+:

  • Power
  • HDMI
  • mini USB port for long-range wireless receiver

Roku Ultra:

  • Power
  • HDMI
  • Ethernet 10/100
  • USB

USB Media Playback

The Roku Ultra is the only media player in this comparison to support media playback over USB storage. It is compatible with the following video and audio codecs:

Video Codecs:

  • AV1 (.MP4, .MKV)
  • H.264/AVC (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV)
  • H.265/HEVC (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV)
  • VP9.2 (.MKV)

Audio Codecs:

  • AAC (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV)
  • AC3/EAC3 (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV, .AC3)
  • AC-4 with Atmos (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV, .AC4)
  • ALAC (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV, .M4A)
  • DD+ (EAC3) with Atmos (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV)
  • DTS (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV)
  • FLAC (.FLAC, .MKV)
  • HEAAC (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV, .AAC)
  • MP3 (.MP3, .MKV)
  • PCM (.WAV, .MKV, .MP4, .MOV)
  • WMA (.ASF, .WMA, .MKV)

The Ultra can also display images that use the JPG, PNG and non-animated GIF formats.

Maximum User Interface Resolution

The maximum resolution, when it comes to the user interface menu, for all three players is 1080p.

Maximum Playback Resolution

When it comes to playing videos, these media players can display at up to 4K resolution and 60 frames per second with HDR.

Supported HDTV Resolutions

For HDTVs, the Roku Express 4K+, Roku Streaming Stick+ and Roku Ultra support 1080p and can upscale 720p content to 1080p.

Supported 4K UHD TV Resolutions

If you have a 4K TV, then these players support 4K in addition to being able to upscale 720p and 1080p content to 4K.

Supported HDR Features

When it comes to HDR, all three devices support HDR10.

The Express 4K+ is the only product to support HDR10+ while the Roku Ultra is the only one to support Dolby Vision. Both the 4K+ and Ultra models support HLG while the Streaming Stick+ does not.

You can find a breakdown of the compatible HDR features below:

Roku Express 4K+:

  • HDR10
  • HDR10+
  • HLG

Roku Streaming Stick+:

  • HDR10

Roku Ultra:

  • HDR10
  • Dolby Vision
  • HLG

Copy Protection Requirement

For copy protection, all three media players use HDCP 2.2.

Audio Features

When it comes to audio, the Roku Express 4K+ and Roku Streaming Stick+ have identical features.

The Roku Ultra is the only one of this group to support Dolby Atmos.

You can find the lists of supported audio features below:

Roku Express 4K+:

  • Digital stereo over HDMI
  • DTS Digital Surround HDMI pass through
  • Dolby audio HDMI pass through

Roku Streaming Stick+:

  • Digital stereo over HDMI
  • DTS Digital Surround HDMI pass through
  • Dolby audio HDMI pass through

Roku Ultra:

  • Digital stereo over HDMI
  • DTS Digital Surround HDMI pass through
  • Dolby Atmos over HDMI (requires Dolby Atmos compatible devices)

Private Listening

You can use private listening for all three of these media players. To do so, you can plug in a headphone into the 3.5mm audio port on the voice remote controller or smartphone via the Roku Mobile App.

Roku Mobile App

The three products also support the Roku Mobile App.

You can use this smartphone application as a second remote, to search for content with your voice or touchscreen keyboard, for the aforementioned private listening feature, to stream content from the Roku channel and for screen mirroring.

Compatibility

When it comes to compatibility, all three devices support Alexa, Hey Google and Siri. With the Ultra player, you can also use Bluetooth streaming.

You can find the compatibility lists below:

Roku Express 4K+:

  • Alexa
  • Apple AirPlay
  • Apple HomeKit
  • Hey Google

Roku Streaming Stick+:

  • Alexa
  • Apple AirPlay
  • Apple HomeKit
  • Hey Google

Roku Ultra:

  • Alexa
  • Apple AirPlay
  • Apple HomeKit
  • Bluetooth Streaming
  • Hey Google
  • Lost Remote Finder

The Roku Ultra is also the only one out of this group to come with a Lost Remote Finder. This feature will help you find the remote controller for the media player if it is nearby.

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