I had my computer crash a few weeks ago, which left me with an unused monitor (I wrote a post entitled “Andersen Windows are Better than Microsoft Windows” to air my frustration). It felt awkward hooking the monitor up to my laptop so I wasn’t inclined to use the device that way. For now, I placed the monitor on an old desk until I could figure out what to do with it.
I was in Target the other week and walked through the electronics section of the store. I thought that maybe I should look at selling the monitor on Craigslist and buying a TV for my home office in the basement. While walking down the aisle I saw
the Roku display and a couple of products. A friend of mine told me about the Roku and how much he loved his so I thought I should try it out.
Upstairs in the family room we had a large LCD TV hooked up to a PlayStation 3 and eventually moved the PlayStation down to the basement. I thought that would be a great test device for the service so I bought the forty-dollar product that plugs into the HDMI port on the TV. I brought it home and hooked it up to see if I would like it. I was pleasantly surprised at the ease of the setup and the ability to find all the content through the on-screen menu. My kids absolutely loved the product and the streaming services. They loved watching kids movies and shows whenever they wanted. This was great to keep them happy and occupied – dad was a hero.
I thought “maybe I need one of those Roku things for the LCD monitor in the basement that was not being used.” The issue was the LCD monitor didn’t have speakers so I didn’t have sound. Then I got the thought that maybe if there was a jack for sound, I could pick up some computer speakers and have a full-blown solution. I’m happy to say that my experiment worked and I now have a nice 27” Internet streaming solution. I subscribe to Netflix and Hulu Plus (I watch ‘The Profit’, ‘Shark Tank’, and ‘Empire’) so I’m getting my use of the device. Now I’m wondering if I can cut the cord completely and only use Internet streaming for my TV shows. Who knows – maybe I’ll try it one day.