Originally Posted by MyM3
I am contemplating upgrading my 2-tuner Series4 Premiere to either a Premiere 4 or the 4-tuner Roamio. I live alone and have only 1 TV; I really just want to be able to record 4 shows at once. My cable provider is Comcast and I do not have an OTA antenna. I already have the WD eSATA external drive and I typically use around 35% capacity. I have 20.3.7 and everything is working OK but the S4's responsiveness just seems like a slug. I am hoping that the Roamio has a much faster processor than the S4 Premiere but am not sure about the Premiere 4.
Are the UIs pretty much the same with the Roamio and Premiere 4? Is the Premiere 4 much different, if any, than my 3 year old Series4 Premiere?
I was in similar situation (3 year old 2 tuner Premiere) and just bought Roamio, but to add to Premiere, not to replace it. Roamio is significantly
faster, and not just navigating menus - I have some wishlists that return many results, and getting results in Premiere takes half a minute or longer, while Roamio does it in a second or two. UIs are almost exactly the same, assuming you use HD UI on Premiere. I would not consider 4 tuner Premiere with Roamio being available, since Roamio is better and the price is not siginificantly different (most of the price is in the subcription, which is the same). Besides speed (and that is a big one), Roamios have two more significant advantages:
- you can just replace the original drive with a 3TB hard drive and it will just work, no need for fancy preparation; if your drive dies, again just pop in a new one and you are good to go
- Roamios are likely to have software updates for a longer time