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83 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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 Stick addresses a number of issues we had with the Fire TV and comes with a much smaller price tag. It's not dramatically better than its competitors, but it's certainly not any worse. For $39, it's a perfectly viable streaming-media option, and the best one if you've already bought into Amazon's ecosystem.

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Pros
  • Unobtrusive design
  • Vastly improved onscreen keyboard
  • Dedicated Prime Video section
  • List of apps keeps getting longer
Cons
  • Still no HBO Go
  • Included remote lacks voice search button
  • Still some rough edges and inconsistencies in Fire OS
83 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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

83
 

User Reviews

100
js87
This was purchased as part of the special launch offer in the U.K. So as a...read more
80
elmitols
Nice handy device, much like Chromecast but a bit easier to use. With the ability...read more
80
arnehess
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
79
Average Critic Score
 
70
TechCrunch
t’s true, the $100 Fire TV is a better device, but for $60 less, a person gains access to the same content and experience. And I can deal with a touch of lag if I’m saving $60.
 
80
CNET
While it doesn't match the app selection or search capabilities of Roku, Amazon's Fire TV Stick's solid performance and mastery of Amazon content make it easily worth the $40 price.
 
80
Engadget
For $39, it's a perfectly viable streaming-media option, and the best one if you've already bought into Amazon's ecosystem.
 
70
SlashGear
For a Prime subscriber on the fence about a $99 Fire TV, the Fire TV Stick is a no-brainer. The ease and convenience of getting Amazon’s growing catalog of free content on your TV is certainly worth $39.
 
80
Digital Trends
The Fire TV Stick is simply the most powerful and entertaining streaming HDMI device on the market, and a hell of a deal to boot.
 
70
TechHive
Amazon's TV dongle suffers from a bloated interface and some version 1.0 bugs, but it delivers Prime Instant videos for an unbeatable $39.
 
100
ChipChick
There’s an absolutely incredible amount of content that Amazon delivers to your TV with the Fire Stick, and it has all of the popular services! What’s even more incredible is how affordable the stick is.