Sneak Peek: Roku 2 Series Players

Looks like the FCC outed Roku’s 2011 product refresh. The company’s new 3000X (XS), 3050X (XD), and 3100X (HD) Roku 2 Players boast a new design that rivals Apple’s latest Apple TV in its compactness. Unlike the Apple TV, though, Roku’s new 2 series players are quite capable, offering up to 1080p video via HDMI, USB host support, a microSD slot, Bluetooth, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and 5.1 surround sound. In other things new… owners can expect to get a reset button (in the off chance things freeze up) and an RF remote option with the HD model, providing users a greater range of control without IR’s line-of-sight drawbacks. Interestingly, Roku decided to forego Ethernet connectivity in its two entry models (XS, XD) — most likely in an effort to keep costs low for the consumer. A closer look at the new players can be found here and here.

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