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Roku Ultra 2019 is solid but the performance over the 2018/2017 model is slight
Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2019
The Roku Ultra 2019 is great as my previous 2018 and 2017 models. The 2018 and 2017 models is pretty much the same. Zero difference in performance between the two. I"m a geek who normally upgrades with each new model. I have followed this process since the original Roku was first available. I like the Ultra for the Ethernet port, sd card slot, and tv controls on the remote. The 2019 model adds a mute button, and two two personal shortcut buttons. You have to use the voice command on the remote to set the two shortcut buttons as it is not an option in the settings to set this up via the menu. Some channels start a little faster than the 2018, some the same, and a couple a little slower. I'm hoping a later firmware update will help make it a little faster for the new 9.2 OS.
My tv is 9 years old Sony KDL60EX500 and the Roku had zero problems getting the commands to allow the remote to control the tv. Restarts of the Roku is the same between the 2019 and 2018 for time before the menu is available. The sd micro card is still the same process for it's recognition, reformat, and adds your apps to it. The Roku did not recognize my 64GB micro sd card. It did for my 32GB micro sd card. Which is still way overkill. You really only need a 2GB sd card for just apps. If you're a gamer and downloading games then a bigger sd card might be required.
One plus is the buttons on the 2018/2017 were noisy with the clacking when pushed. The 2019 remote buttons are not quiet but they are less noisy in comparison. If the new additions of the remote appeal to you then it is great buy. If you have the 2018 model and you don't need the additions you can stay as is as the 2019 model is not a significant performance boost that will wow you. If you have an older Roku and do not need the additions of the 2019 then get the 2018 or 2017 model as its price will be reduced soon to clear its inventory.