Amazon Review by NotTooPicky
18 people found the following review helpful
A Neflix Fail
I bought my parents a Roku 3 this past year to replace their cable, then got my family the Roku SE when it came up for sale during Black Friday. When I was looking at the different Roku players, the comments I saw were focused on speed and using a voice search. I haven't found either of these things to be an issue. The Roku SE speed is a little sluggish compared to the Roku 3, but I don't find it noticeably inconvenient for our main apps (Amazon & Netflix). I did notice that certain channels were borderline unusable (Disney Jr.) with the Roku SE, which I assume is due to the slower processing power. If you need voice search, the Roku smartphone app provides that functionality as well as doubling as a remote.
My main issue with the Roku SE is focused on Netflix. I’ve gotten use to the web app for Netflix, where our family has four different profiles to match viewing preferences. The problem with the Roku SE is that you can’t select individual profiles, and the app seems to default to the primary account holder’s profile. This means that if the kiddos want to watch a cartoon, we have to sort through all sorts of crazy adult-oriented programming in a search for the kid shows. I just opened up the Netflix app in Roku and I have Netflix’s “The Making of a Murderer” being recommended alongside “Little Einsteins”.
Bottom line: If you are single, or adults with similar tastes, the Roku SE will probably do the job. If you have kids and appreciate the “Kids” profile option in Netflix, consider the Roku 3, which let’s you select the various profiles. I assume Roku 2 also provides profile selection, but don’t have firsthand experience.