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79
Engadget
Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Engadget Review

The Fire TV should be impressive -- it's faster and better equipped than most of the other media streamers out there, and does it all at a decent price. Right now though, features like gaming, voice search and ASAP are barely helping it keep pace with the competition. Maybe with a few more apps (HBO Go, Vudu), some great games and an extra layer of polish it could push ahead.

Pros
  • Fast performance
  • Impressive list of apps, even at launch
  • Voice search is convenient, fast and accurate
Cons
  • Voice search doesn't work within apps
  • Onscreen keyboard is offensively bad
  • Inconsistent gaming experience
  • Carousel UI doesn't work as well on Fire TV as it does on tablets
  • Many apps and games are buggy ports from other platforms
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Scores

Engadget

79
 

User Reviews

90
danix180
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
100
Robert Hiers
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
50
Guy Noegel
While I currently own the Amazon Fire Tv, looking back I should have waited....read more
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79
Average Critic Score

Audio quality

60
 

Media support

71
 

Design and form factor

89
 

Ease of use

79
 

Video quality

80
 

How It Stacks Up

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84

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84
 

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76
 

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85
 
56

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56
 

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56
 

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63
 
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84

Engadget

84
 

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76
 

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85
 
56

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56
 

Critic

56
 

User

63
 
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