What is it?

A budget television combined with Roku's app-based interface.

Before TVs got smart the only way to raise their functionality was with a Roku USB stick that gave access to a plethora of online entertainment. This collaboration brings us the same affordable hardware we expect from Hisense but with added brainpower from Roku's software.

Good points?

Providing an alternative to Android powered systems, Roku provides seamless access to the most popular streaming platforms such as Netflix, Now TV, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5 and more.

The Hisense display provides 4K HDR which is four times sharper than full HD and its DTS Studio Sound system gives rich audio to large rooms without being overwhelming to sensitive ears.

Navigating the interface is easy as there are no complicated menus or settings to configure which makes this ideal for the less technically minded. There are sufficient peripheral ports for most scenarios including USB, 2x HDMI, LAN, composite and headphone jack.

Bad points?

As with most budget devices the aesthetics aren't going to win any awards, particularly the rear which is rather over designed with an odd rippled effect.

Best for ...

Those looking to delve into the wonderfully expansive world of online entertainment streaming without the need for a large learning curve or major hit to the bank account.

Avoid if ...

You want all the latest technical features such as multiple viewing angles, back lighting for ambiance and other statement-making trivial frills.

Score: 9/10.

Hisense Roku TV 50-inch, £299 (argos.co.uk)