Handyman Wednesday Returns (sort of). Jess and I were online the other day when we saw that Best Buy was giving a $25 gift card for ANY Windows XP laptop that worked. We just happened to have 2 of these laptops sitting around doing nothing. Why not recycle them and get paid to do it?
Then came the problem: what do we buy? Fortunately, I already had an idea. The Roku Streaming Stick for $50 (Amazon Link). If you’ve also been on Amazon the past couple weeks, you’ve noticed they released Fire TV. This is basically a streaming service for your TV so you can watch Amazon, Netflix, etc on your TV without connecting your laptop to it. The Roku Stick, which launched in late March, does the same thing… only better (because it’s so much smaller, cheaper, and you don’t need to find a place for the box!).
All you have to do is plug this little guy into your HDMI port and USB port on the back of your TV, and connect to the wi-fi (there are on-screen instructions to help you).
It was PAINLESS. Your grandma and grandpa could set this up on their own. Then, using the included remote (which is an AWESOME little thing and works from anywhere in the house), you can stream your Amazon Prime content, your Netflix, your Hulu Plus, and over 1000 other services directly to your TV. Plus, there are 4 buttons that launch the most popular apps.
Honestly, you’ll only use 5-10 of these 1000 services, but who’s counting. Here’s my favorite channels:
1. Amazon Prime (it’s AWESOME)
2. Netflix (We will be getting this when we ditch DirecTV at the end of our contract)
3. Hulu Plus (Don’t have this yet either).
5. Blockbuster Movie Rental (No need to go to the store any more)
Previously I had a ChromeCast and I found it useless.
You can’t stream videos from your laptop easily with the ChromeCast, there is no remote so you have to use your phone, and they don’t have Amazon Prime. Trust me, pay the extra $15 and you’ll be well rewarded for your investment with Roku. Disclaimer: I did NOT get anything for writing this. No freebies, no money, no anything. I paid for this just like you would. I did, however, get a lot of enjoyment for my nerdy self.
Any questions or thoughts? I’d love to hear them! How does a shepherd count his flock without falling asleep? Why do people say heads up when you should duck? Have ex-cowboys become deranged?