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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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Average user Score
 
100
js87
05.06.15
This was purchased as part of the special launch offer in the U.K. So as a result of starting a Prime membership, it has only cost me £7. Possibly the best £7 I have spent. The U.I is great, responsive & offers enough choice of apps to keep most people satisfied. Previously I have used a Roku LT, Xbox 360/One & a YouView box. This beats them all for media streaming.
 
80
elmitols
12.18.14
Nice handy device, much like Chromecast but a bit easier to use. With the ability to view Amazon prime on the main screen and use apps such as Netflix gives you the ability to switch back and forth with ease. The only issue that i have with it is that the sound skips a lot. Maybe on the next firmware update this will be fixed. But I think that Amazon has a winner on their hands.
 
80
arnehess
12.14.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget