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79 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The Fire TV should be impressive -- it's faster and better equipped than most of the other media streamers out there, and does it all at a decent price. Right now though, features like gaming, voice search and ASAP are barely helping it keep pace with the competition. Maybe with a few more apps (HBO Go, Vudu), some great games and an extra layer of polish it could push ahead.

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Pros
  • Fast performance
  • Impressive list of apps, even at launch
  • Voice search is convenient, fast and accurate
Cons
  • Voice search doesn't work within apps
  • Onscreen keyboard is offensively bad
  • Inconsistent gaming experience
  • Carousel UI doesn't work as well on Fire TV as it does on tablets
  • Many apps and games are buggy ports from other platforms

Reviews

79
 
Average Critic Score
Critic Reviews 15

85
 
Average User Score
User Reviews 6
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Specs

Key Specs

Type
Audio / video player
Video services
Netflix, Amazon, Youtube, Other
Audio services
Pandora, Other
Video codec support
H264, Mpeg4, Vc1
Audio codec support
Aac, Mp3
Video outputs
HDMI
Audio outputs
TOSLINK (optical)
WiFi
Yes
Type
Video services
Audio services
Video codec support
Audio codec support
Video outputs
Audio outputs
WiFi
Audio / video player
Netflix, Amazon, Youtube, Other
Pandora, Other
H264, Mpeg4, Vc1
Aac, Mp3
HDMI
TOSLINK (optical)
Yes

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79 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

79
 

User Reviews

80
JohnDishpo
The Amazon Fire TV is my favorite streaming device so far! I find it to be...read more
90
asteenbuck
I use the Fire TV almost every night as long light noise to fall asleep to....read more
100
rancour
Simply put. I love this device. The responsiveness is unparalleled by my Roku...read more
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