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Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K review

The Amazon Fire TV Stick adds Ultra HD


OUR VERDICT

The inclusion of 4K support makes the new Fire TV Stick a brilliant option for all your streaming needs – although a lack of equity across different platforms means that Amazon hasn’t quite achieved perfection yet.

FOR

  • Supports 4K streaming
  • Speedy user interface
  • Fantastic variety of content
  • Amazon Alexa voice assistance

AGAINST

  • UI biased towards Amazon
  • Performance varies between apps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

  • The most powerful 4K streaming media stick.
  • Watch favorites from Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Disney+, Apple TV, HBO, and more. Stream for free with Pluto, IMDB TV, and more.
  • Launch and control content with the Alexa Voice Remote.
  • Enjoy brilliant picture with access to 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR, and HDR10+.
  • Choose from 500,000 movies and TV episodes.
  • More storage for apps and games than any other streaming media stick.
  • Experience tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills.
  • Alexa on Fire TV provides the most comprehensive voice experience of any streaming media player.
  • Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV episodes.

The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is the third version (also called third generation) of Amazon's popular streaming dongle and has been updated to support 4K viewing.
It's the same as the second-gen Fire TV Stick, which boasts an 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip and a 1.7GHz quad-core processor – but buying one of these still won’t break the bank at under $50. 
The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K also has a built-in voice assistant, courtesy of Amazon Alexa. There's also a huge range of content to choose from the many apps on offer, including NetflixAmazon Prime Video, and more. Which begs the question: who needs a smart TV?

Amazon has rectified some of the issues we had with the previous Fire TV Stick model. But a few small, niggling problems remain that made our experience with the device less-than-perfect. But, importantly, not far off. 
Since the Fire TV Stick 4K was released, Amazon has made a push into televisions with the unveiling of a number of new Fire TV Edition sets, as well as a new Amazon Fire TV Cube, which is an updated version of its Alexa-enabled hands-free streaming media player, adding Dolby Vision and a few other new features to the mix.
What's more, you can now even hook up your Amazon Echo speakers with Fire TV devices, to create an immersive home cinema system – totally wireless, and all controllable with voice assistant Alexa. 

Price and availability

The Fire TV Stick 4K is available to buy for $49.99 / £49.99, which works out at around AU$68 based on current conversion rates – however, it's not yet available to buy in Australia and there's so far no word on when Amazon will begin selling it in this territory.
Compared to the non-4K version of the Fire TV Stick, you’re looking at a price increase of around $10 / £10, which we think is very reasonable considering the increased quality of content you’ll be getting with support for 4K, Dolby Vision, HDR, HDR10+, and Dolby Atmos
Similar products, including Google's Chromecast Ultra, retail for around $69, so the Fire TV Stick 4K is a good option if you’re looking to spend under $50 - still, it’s worth bearing in mind that you will need to buy subscriptions to use many of the apps like Netflix and Prime Video, which can soon add up.

Design

If you’ve used the previous Amazon Fire TV Stick before, you’ll notice that the new version hasn’t changed very much in terms of design. 
Measuring 99mm x 30mm x 14mm, the Fire TV Stick 4K is as unobtrusive and compact as ever, designed to plug directly into the HDMI 2.2 port on your TV. The stick itself is a little bit wider than a standard HDMI cable, so Amazon has included a male-to-female HDMI extender cable in case you have trouble fitting it in. 
Amazon says the extender cable can also be used to improve the WiFi connection and remote control performance.
The outside of the Fire TV Stick 4K is largely the same as the previous model, only now it features the Amazon arrow logo without any text. On the inside, you have an 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip and a 1.7GHz quad-core processor like before, but now of course, the Fire TV Stick has support for 4K, as well as Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.
On the side of the Fire TV Stick 4K, you’ll find a micro-USB port to connect the power adaptor. 

Features and performance

Setting up the Fire TV Stick 4K was completely consistent, on account of the straightforward UI and responsive remote control. During arrangement, the Fire TV Stick should be connected to the mains just as the HDMI port on your TV - all the links and connectors you'll require come in the crate. 


When you've stopped the Fire TV Stick into your TV, you're at that point incited to set up the remote – you'll be strolled through the whole procedure by your TV so you don't have to stress over leafing through manuals. 

Like its ancestor, the Fire TV Stick 4K UI is incredibly simple to explore, in any event, for the individuals who haven't utilized a spilling gadget previously. As of late got to shows and applications can be found on the home screen, or you can look up and across to discover distinctive substance and applications. 

US Fire TV clients will likewise discover an as of late included tab their gadget's interface; called 'Live TV', it orders all your live channels into one spot. 

Just as being anything but difficult to utilize, the UI is responsive and brisk to load, and there's an awesome determination of gushing applications to browse. To test that it is so natural to join to another assistance, we took a stab at setting up a record with Disney Life through the Fire TV Stick 4K. 

The entire procedure was amazingly basic, with the alternative to connect your new record to a current web-based social networking account like Facebook – in spite of the fact that the experience will change between various applications, it's empowering that we didn't run into any issues while setting up accounts with the stages we don't as of now buy in to.

Utilizing the remote to control the Fire TV Stick 4K is comparatively easy, and the Alexa-fueled voice search usefulness is speedy and exact when you're utilizing applications like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video. 

In any case, voice search doesn't work with each application on the administration – UK watchers will see that you can't utilize it with BBC iPlayer, which implies you need to physically type search terms inside the application. Moreover, you won't have the option to utilize your voice to jump to the following scene on numerous applications that in any case bolster voice control, which is somewhat irritating. 

Another issue we found with voice search is that when you make a solicitation that the Fire TV Stick 4K can't help, whatever content you are playing vanishes, and you need to then choose it again from inside the application or Fire TV landing page to fire it up.
That being stated, the voice search is commonly awesome, and you can even utilize voice orders to turn your TV on, control your shrewd gadgets, and view live camera takes care of from perfect savvy surveillance cameras on your TV, which is extremely helpful. 

As a rule, the hunt usefulness is superior to the past model, as you would now be able to scan for appears by on-screen character and explicitly for 4K content, just as scanning for show titles legitimately. Amazon's own substance is typically organized above different outcomes from stages, which could be aggravating in case you're basically a Netflix client, for instance. 

In general, the determination of applications accessible is incredibly acceptable, and you ought to have the option to discover most spilling stages you can consider – in spite of the fact that UK watchers won't have the option to discover Now TV, and US watchers won't have the option to stream on Walmart's Vudu, which is at present a huge wellspring of Dolby Vision content. All things considered, there's such a tremendous assortment of substance, so you most likely won't miss the odd specialty application except if you are a diehard fan. 

Last decision 

Generally, we're dazzled with the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K. The interface is very responsive, brisk to load, and it's set out in an instinctive way. 

Exploring through the distinctive applications, shows, and films is basic, with as of late got to content shown on the home screen, be that as it may, you may discover query items excessively slanted towards Amazon's own substance in case you're accustomed to utilizing diverse spilling stages. 

Talking about, the absence of consistency across various spilling stages is an issue that influenced the past model of the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Ideally, future updates will give greater equality over the various stages with the goal that the experience is as streamlined as conceivable regardless of where you watch your substance in any case, for the time being, it's something we figure most people can look past.



by Shahzad, Ali Wafa is the Founder of correct gossip, Serial Entrepreneur, 5x, Author, Digital Marketing Leadership, and Career Coach. He is well attuned and passionate about books and investing in education. You can follow him on TwitterLinkedIn, and on Google+ for tweets and rants about the latest news, tips, and advice.

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