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Amazon Fire TV (2017)

Amazon Fire TV (2017)

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88 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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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

Amazon's new Fire TV offers everything the last model was missing. It's cheap, powerful and finally supports 4K/HDR. If you have an Echo in your home, it's an especially ideal addition.

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Pros
  • Features 4K/HDR
  • Only $70
  • Alexa voice search remote works well
  • Fast performance
Cons
  • No Dolby Vision HDR
88 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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).

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Average Critic Score
 
80
The Verge
It’s small, it’s fast, it’s relatively inexpensive, and it has a powerful voice assistant tied into a beautiful interface. ... But none of that matters if the content isn’t there, and Amazon just doesn’t have a large enough library of 4K HDR movies, or anything at all that supports Atmos.
 
100
T3
If you want 4K HDR and don't want an Apple TV, this is the best option - unless you're totally embedded with Google apps and services (in which case you probably want the Chromecast).
 
80
Pocket-Lint
What the Fire TV offers is a way to plug a potential hole in your entertainment setup and it does so in a fun way that's easier to understand than Google's Chromecast. The only barrier that remains is whether this actually does anything that your 4K HDR smart TV can't already do.
 
80
AVForums
The Amazon Fire TV 3 achieves what it sets out to do in providing a low cost but app and feature-packed option for those that view most of their movies and TV shows via internet services and for that reason it comes with a hearty AVForums recommendation.
 
90
TechCrunch
With so many options for streaming media players today, the new Fire TV makes the most sense for Amazon Prime members, those who want a 4K streamer for cheap, and those who want to leverage Alexa’s voice control capabilities.
 
80
Gizmodo
It’s a great gadget, especially for you Amazon lovers. It almost does it all, too. If it weren’t for that “almost,” I’d use this little dongle every day, just like I did with the Fire TV predecessors. But I’m a Roku guy now, and I’m not looking back.
 
70
Tom's Guide
If Amazon Video is your go-to streaming service, the Fire TV is a powerful and robust way to watch it — along with plenty of other services. But there's no single quality that puts Amazon's streaming device above similar offerings from Roku, Apple and Google.
 
90
The Next Web
The new 4K Fire TV is blazing fast, has a sharp picture thanks to HDR, and at $69.99 it’ll launch as one of the best values in streaming TV – and if you’re a Prime subscriber it’s a no-brainer.
 
100
Expert Reviews
The new Fire TV 4K is finally here and it works very well indeed. The Alexa facilities, in particular, are great to have and make finding content across multiple services incredibly easy.
 
80
CNET
Although Roku's 4K stick is slightly better overall, the Fire TV wins with Alexa devotees who own 4K HDR TVs.