When I give or receive a gift that is so well-liked, and one that works as advertised, I like to give it some praise on this blog.
As part of Julie’s Christmas presents, I bought her one of these.
It is also available in pink, but I bought a black one.
This small streaming box comes with a one year subscrition to advertisement-free content. If you don’t want to pay to renew that next year, (£52) you can use it as normal, and just tolerate some advertising.
Here are the ‘blurbs’ from the company, and my reactions.
EASY SET UP
Connect ROXi to any TV with the supplied HDMI cable, and external speakers if you have them.
Connect to the internet via Wi-Fi or Ethernet.
*YES! IT WORKED. That so-called easy setup is actually true!
ALL THE MUSIC YOU NEED
A comprehensive catalogue of over 35 million songs and albums. The latest and greatest, every music taste, every era, every major artist and composer, constantly updated.
*We played it for over three hours, and found music from the 1940s and earlier, as well as up to date songs from last year. Any genre is available, and we were not let down on any of our selections.
Instantly search, find and play
all your favourite music in seconds
*The voice controller worked with no delay noticeable, and offered choices based on what was asked.
(Manual control is also an option, using a search facility on screen.)
It is also rechargable with the supplied USB cable, so requires no batteries.
PLUS 4 FREE EXTRA FEATURES
ROXI brings you 4 brilliant extra features, including karaoke-style Sing With The Stars, Worldwide Radio, music trivia games and so much more…
*We have yet to fully explore these extras, but they all came up on screen when selected.
Battle it out with ROXi Name The Song, our fabulous music trivia game, featuring millions of songs.
*This is a competitive game based on recognising songs. It worked.
The ultimate in radio. Tune into thousands of stations covering news, popular culture, sport and music.
*Not yet tried, but on the main menu.
ROXi’s Sound Machine provides the perfect background sounds for chilling, meditation and yoga. It can even help get baby to sleep.
*That was on the menu too.
In addition to ROXi’s beautiful built-in visualisers you can display your personal photo albums and pictures from Facebook.
*Yet to be tested, but it should work.
Isn’t it great when something just works?
You will need a strong wi-fi signal for this to work well. There was occasional lag on one or two somgs, but overall it was a very satisfying experience.
If you are interested, search for it on the Roxi website, as Amazon charges much more for exactly the same thing. I am not sure if it available outside the UK.
**Please note that I am not connected to this company in any way, and receive nothing for this blog post.**
I paid for the device with my own money, buying it online from the site.