Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
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Fire TV Stick 4K
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It has the specification and performance to see off its nominal rivals, and is more affordable than almost all of them
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The plug does not fit into my Bravia Sony TV HDMI or my EPSON Projector HDMI, because the black box edge near the HDMI is too THICK and gets into the way of any recessed edges
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Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
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- 81AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE11 ReviewsWired90Serious streaming from a supreme dongleIt has the specification and performance to see off its nominal rivals, and is more affordable than almost all of them. The Google Chromecast Ultra, the Roku Streaming Stick+ and the wildly optimistically priced Apple TV 4K all are giving away features and/or cost to the Amazon. So it’s currently the media streaming stick to go for.Tom's Guide80A Welcome UpgradeBudget-conscious Amazon streamers would be wise to pick up an Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, which offers lots of functionality at a reasonable price. Those without Amazon ties will probably like the Roku Streaming Stick+ better.PC Mag90Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K ReviewWith 4K HDR, Amazon Alexa, and very peppy performance, the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is the best media streamer you can buy for under $50.CNET904K HDR stick speaks Alexa, carries big streaming featuresIt flogs Amazon content too much to beat Roku, but for Alexa fans or 4K HDR TV owners who insist on Dolby Vision, the Fire TV 4K Stick is a great value.Pocket-Lint80Superbly-priced 4K HDR streamerThe value of the Fire Stick 4K can’t be questioned compared to its rivals, but you do need to be a fully paid-up member of Amazon's ecosystem for it to be worthwhile. Others offer 4K HDR content too, but if Prime Video if your all then there's nothing better than this device.Mashable90The best streaming dongle, periodAmazon's Fire TV Stick 4K checks off almost every box that you'd want in a streaming dongle, plus you get its much-improved Alexa remote.Forbes70A Great Way To Make Dumb TVs SmartWhile there’s still room for improvement with Amazon’s interface, if your smart TV isn’t that smart the Fire TV Stick 4K is actually pretty hard to fault as a bit of upgrade hardware - especially given how remarkably cheap it is.Forbes70A Great Way To Make Dumb TVs SmartWhile there’s still room for improvement with Amazon’s interface, if your smart TV isn’t that smart the Fire TV Stick 4K is actually pretty hard to fault as a bit of upgrade hardware - especially given how remarkably cheap it is.The Verge80Hold the remoteThe Fire TV Stick 4K comes away as a very strong value. If you’ve got a Dolby Vision-compatible TV, it’s probably a better buy than the Fire TV Cube (and will cost you less). Even if you’re not a smart home person, Alexa is very helpful for quickly pulling up a show or movie, and the voice remote now has the TV control buttons that were long overdue. Amazon is getting a little self-indulgent with its ads and featured content, and the company seriously needs to work things out with YouTube ASAP, but those downsides aren’t enough to ruin the rest of what’s here.The Inquirer80Amazon Debuts Dolby SupportDespite its somewhat excess featured content/ads and frustrating YouTube app/TV absence, The Fire TV Stick 4K is still a very good value buy (compared to the Fire TV Cube probably and also if you own a Dolby Vision compatible TV).Digital Trends70With the Fire TV Stick 4K, Alexa is in charge but not a control freak Previous NextAmazon’s new Fire TV Stick is loaded to the gills with features, and apart from a few initial hiccups in operation, it offers some of the best value for your money — especially if you’re partial to Amazon’s handy Alexa ecosystem.
- 75AVERAGE USER SCORE20 ReviewsSean10April 13, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The plug does not fit into my Bravia Sony TV HDMI or my EPSON Projector HDMI, because the black box edge near the HDMI is too THICK and gets into the way of any recessed edges. The whole thing is TOO LONG to fit sideways into many rear HDMI slots.I fit it into the side port of my SONY's HDMI and it ended up breaking the HDMI. It was so difficult to push it in, that once I removed it, I could no longer push it in again and it broke my HDMI port. Useless!Car70April 11, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!8gb of storage isn't enough. More internal storage is needed or at least a microsd slot.KaaPow30April 11, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I bought my firestick for $15 when it was on sale last year. Seemed like a great price! But alas, this device is sluuuuuggish, there is so much input lag half the time i think the device did not recognize my button press as it literally takes 3-5 seconds to react sometimes and always seems to jump around. Even when in apps like youtube its glitchy, if i press to the right once, it jumps over 5 spaces sometimes. The navigation is also horrible. When you open pandora for example and go back to the home page, the music is still playing which might be a default but the obvious task would be when i hit "options" on the fire home page, the app has its choices like Delete app, and Info, there should be a "Close App" option but its Not there? That's common sense for most apps to have that option. Instead i have to go back to the pandora page, log out of pandora, or unplug or completely close the firestick device to escape pandora as well as other apps until i discovered the music will NOT stop until i open something else up or pause it on the device but i don't want the app running in the background hence my original solution and most obvious, that being, a "Close App" Option! should exist. I always find i have to unpluging the firestick just to reset it at least 2 times a week because it does not have a turn off button. I like to turn off any devices to the internet when not in use so its not running in the background slowing down my already slow speeds where i live. In short, you get what you pay for when its on sale. And i almost regret not paying the extra $35 for a roku that simply works like its supposed too like my second gen roku still going strong 9+ years later! on the tv in my room. Maybe my firestick is a Lemon, and that's why Amazon was selling them for $15. This attempt to circumvent their faulty inventory worked, and i regret buying it.innoman100April 10, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - Engadgetgldoorii30April 10, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Amazing product when it works. Sadly, this is the only device in my home that constantly drops connection. I can't get through one movie without it dropping several times. This happens on 4 TVs throughout the house and I've tried multiple models of the sticks. My Roku stick, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iPads, laptops, iPhones, Vita, etc etc etc etc etc never drop connections, but this does. And I'm not alone because Googling this issue shows it's widespread. Because of this, I have sold my Fire sticks and I'm frustration free.Jim80April 10, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I like my Fire Stick better than my Rokus. Fire TV has more apps than the Roku and unlike Roku which rarely (if not never) gets its apps updated, Fire TV updates its apps periodically. And we can use VPN on Fire TV simply by installing the VPN provider apps (we can't do this on Roku). One thing I wish Amazon improve is the build quality of the remote; Roku's remote is better and sturdier compared to Fire TV's.Marc100April 9, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I have a Roku TV, but use the Amazon 4K Fire Stick instead. Roku does not allow side-loaded apps, like Amazon does. In my opinion, Roku is highly restricted to apps/services which provide Roku with a revenue stream. I've never used a Chromecast but I understand that there is no remote control and that Chromecast needs another device (phone, tablet) to provide programming. I'm not interested in tying up another device as a source. Fire Stick had a simple remote and OS. Much of it is intuitive. There are numerous video tutorials on how to customize and enhance the FS experience. It is simple for neophytes. Best value!Mike90April 9, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I need a low cost easy to use streaming solution that is baby sitter proof and AirBnB guest proof. With these new FireTv sticks you can control the audio and power of your TV so you only need one remote control to get going. Add to the fact that the remote control is simple with few buttons and the sticks have all the popular streaming apps you can't go wrong. Couple things I don't like. The landing home screen is messy. Lots of ads promoting shows. I wish I could make it land only on favorite apps. Also, the screen saver mode can only max out at 20 minutes. I found a hack for that but that was easy enough so I'm good there but it was quite the undertaking with 9 Fire TV sticks. Lastly Airplay/Chromecast isn't very easy. These are all functions I think Amazon could fix easily or someone else will hack.nomad0740April 9, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I use my Roku way more than my Fire TV, Apple TV, Nvidia Shield TV, or Google Chome.Timmyp12390April 9, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There is zero point to picking any device. This is full android and it runs Kodi natively.Also with apps like youtube, dailymotion you dont even need tv.If you buy Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, etc over this? You made the wrong choice, plain and simple.Zach90April 9, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!At a fraction of the cost of AppleTV, the primary reason for choosing the Fire Stick over the other options is that it can support AirPlay (via a downloaded Android app).Donna80April 9, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Besides Cable TV, the firestick is the only other option I've tried & personally I love all the free channels it offers that aren't included with cable. Eventually I plan to go down to the bare bones cable offers just for internet & landline purposes because the firestick is good enough for me as far as television watching goes. I'll admit there are some channels better than others, but to me, thats expected with anything that is free. The only downfalls I have are 1) every 10-14 days or so I have to empty the cache on the particular channel or it just won't load up, depending on how often I use a particular channel. I haven't noticed that at all on some of the channels tho, so maybe its not a "firestick" problem. Also 2) sometimes, even tho I am a cable subscriber, when I try to install a "cable" channel, it will give me an error as if I am really not a subscriber. And the last thing 3) The search whether I use Alexa or type the movie name or actor name in, the results that come up have NOTHING AT ALL to do with my request. So those are the 3 cons I have to say about the Firestick. Other than that, I enjoy using it.Jack90April 9, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!check internet on how to load viewing programs on Fire Stick, follow instructions and you have thousands of programs to watch.MJay100April 9, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I've owned a Roku, use Google Chromecast, and an Amazon Firestick and the easy of use is why I prefer the firestick over all others. I even use voice for searches from time to time which is something I've never done with any other remote.Thekey18580April 9, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadgetrh2470April 9, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I have (4) Fire Stick 4k devices scattered around the house. Honestly, the UI is terrible. Roku destroys the Fire Stick 4k in every aspect save one. In addition to controlling the Fire Stick 4K operation, the remote control can control my TV power and sound bars and stereo receiver power/volume. Having that one tiny remote serve 90% of my remote controlling needs is a GAME CHANGER. If only Roku would learn this, I would switch and never go back! Can't stand the Amazon slanted content and terrible horizontal app list access. But that remote convenience makes up for so much!Manny90April 9, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Can't beat for price/feature content (especially when 1/2 price on Amazon days). Plays everything from Neflix, Prime, YouTube, fibe cable and any 3rd party software (eg. Kodi). I've used many different services over the years (Android TV, generic google boxes, Chromecast, Smart TV's, Apple TV but no Roku) and this by far is the easiest. I've setup many family/friends on this and is the only one they don't call me back to get help. Even when it comes to installing 3rd party software. This stick is definitely an upgrade over the regular Fire Stick as that one was really laggy. Nothing touches this even when compared at fully price. Negatives, I have to really nitpick but I guess the main page is kinda of busy but is customizable and a USB input on the stick would be nice but again price for what your getting nothing touches it.waclark57100April 9, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!My main reason for choosing FireStick was being a Prime subscriber it gives me access to Prime Video. Also, it wasn't expensive. It works, supports the apps I use (Netflix, Hulu) and I can get HBO/Showtime as "channels" on my Prime sub. It's a no-brainer. Easy to use, plugs right into the HDMI port so it's out of sight. I haven't really run into any issues and I don't use voice control.Jeff90April 9, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadgetdotnetgator70April 9, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!From a form-factor POV, it's awkward in that it seems like the required power input is an afterthought, grafted onto the side, and requires a special dongle if you opt for a wired connection.As far as Alexa device control, it seems like it is an Alexa-like device, and not a full proper Alexa device. Using it to control home automation devices is inconsistent, and features like "turn off lights in this room" won't work with it like they do with "proper" Alexa devices.
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