The $99 Roku Ultra is one of the cheapest high-end streaming players available today and has long been our pick for best streaming device overall. And Roku just announced that it’s replacing the standard voice remote in the box with the Roku Voice Remote Pro, adding even more value to an already great package.
The new $99 bundle is rolling out today on Roku’s website. Or if you wait, you can get it at typical retailers like Best Buy and Amazon starting May 15.
To be clear, the Ultra itself doesn’t get an upgrade, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It can stream 4K in HDR and Dolby Vision, features 802.11ac for faster Wi-Fi connectivity and an Ethernet port, and supports Dolby Atmos audio. The Ultra also supports Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit smart home platforms. That means you can use their respective voice assistants to control your TV, or integrate switching on and off with your home automation.
The Voice Remote Pro is a big upgrade over the Voice Remote that previously came with the Ultra. Typically priced at just $29, the Voice Remote Pro shares the same core features as the older Voice Remote, including features like dedicated buttons to control your TV’s volume and power, voice control, and remote listening thanks to a built-in headphone jack (with included headphones).
But what makes the Voice Remote Pro so appealing is that it has a rechargeable battery via a microUSB port on the bottom of the remote and has hands-free calling capabilities. That means you don’t have to hold down the voice command button while asking your Roku Ultra to put on a show. Instead, you can just say “Hey Roku” followed by a command. Speaking of commands, if you ever lose the remote — which, let’s face it, it’s going to happen within a week — you can say, “Hey Roku, where’s my remote?” and the remote will start beeping to help you find it help.
You can now order the new Ultra bundle directly from Roku for the same price of $99.
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