Amazon Fire TV Cube (2nd generation)
The new Amazon Fire TV Cube is much improved over last year’s model. It now has YouTube and YouTube TV, support for Dolby Vision and HDR+, and a lot more video viewing commands than before. With a hexa-core processor on board, it’s also a lot faster at responding to your commands. You can use it as an Echo too, with the ability to make voice calls and control your smart home. Voice search does prefer some apps over others, you can’t get rid of your remote control completely and it might not be so great if you already have an Echo. But if you want an Alexa-powered streaming box that can be an Echo too, the Fire TV Cube certainly fits the bill.
- Dolby Vision and HDR+
- Can handle most video viewing commands
- Support for all the major streaming services
- Much faster response times
- Sometimes prefers some apps over others
- Can’t voice search for channels or content on YouTube TV
Fire TV Cube
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- 87AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsPC Mag90Amazon Fire TV Cube (2019)The second-generation Amazon Fire TV Cube improves on the the media streaming capabilities and hands-free Alexa controls from the first version with faster performance and expanded HDR support.Tom's Guide80Faster performance makes the Fire TV Cube even betterYes, the cheaper Fire TV sticks both offer some Alexa tricks via the their remotes, but the Cube makes the remote less necessary, and it controls your cable box, which no other streaming device offers. And now, with an even faster processor behind the wheel, the Fire TV Cube becomes an even better navigator for your entertainment experiences.TechHive80This is the best streaming box with voice controlThe original Fire TV Cube was too compromised in other areas, with sluggish performance, limited HDR format support, and a remote that lacked TV volume and power buttons. The second-generation model fixes all those flaws while further refining Alexa’s capabilities.Tech Advisor80The hands-free Alexa streamer comes to the UKIntegrating an Echo means you have proper hands-free control, unlike using the Alexa Voice Remote on a regular Fire TV. But that voice control varies depending on the app you're using and only a few have been optimized.What Hi-Fi100The smartest video streamer you can buyWe started testing the Fire TV Cube expecting to find a decent video streamer, but to discover that it’s also a rather effective voice-controlled universal remote is a nice surprise. It may struggle with some products and systems out there, but in testing, we were delighted by this value-added feature.TechRadar90The Amazon Echo streaming player hybrid is back and better than everThe all-new Fire TV Cube is, by far, our favorite Amazon streaming device – better in so many ways than the Amazon Fire TV Cube that was released in 2017. The processor upgrade and inclusion of Dolby Vision are great new additions and, in spite of a few shortcomings, help solidify the Cube's spot as one of the best streaming players to be released this year.IGN80Gleaming the cubeWith a more powerful processor and local voice control, the new Cube feels snappy, but juggling cable TV along with various streaming services for shows, movies, music and more shows the limits of what voice recognition can currently do. Don’t lose that Fire TV remote, people.The Verge80Improvements on all sidesAmazon is trying to lessen the Cube's dependence on the cloud, with a new "local voice control" feature that processes basic commands on the device itself. And the new Fire TV Cube can still control your home theater components and dim the smart lights when you sit down for movie night — all with just your voice.Digital Trends100Amazon Fire TV Cube is the entertainment control center we've waited decades forAt $120 the Fire TV Cube isn’t exactly cheap, but you definitely get what you pay for. It’s fun, it’s functional, and it does everything a streaming set-top device needs to do, and more. Buy with confidence!Good Housekeeping90We tested the Amazon Fire TV CubeThis TV streaming device is two devices in one, and is pricier than other Fire TV devices as a result. It's ideal for those who want to save space, and the stylish design meant we didn't mind if it was in full-view and not hidden behind the TV.