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

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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 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.

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

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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

79
 

User Reviews

80
JohnDishpo
The Amazon Fire TV is my favorite streaming device so far! I find it to be...read more
90
asteenbuck
I use the Fire TV almost every night as long light noise to fall asleep to....read more
100
rancour
Simply put. I love this device. The responsiveness is unparalleled by my Roku...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
79
Average Critic Score
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The Verge
It feels faster and more intuitive than a Roku, it's easier for the average human to understand than a Chromecast, and the voice search on the remote is definitely nicer than pecking things out on the Apple TV.
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Pocket-Lint
That said, Amazon's entire Fire set-top box setup looks rather slick. Nothing is too big or bulky. It's all small and cutting-edge in appearance.
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CNET
The device itself has a familiar set top box look, although its slimmer than average; Amazon says Fire TV is thinner than a dime standing on its edge. Around the back, you get all the typical connections, including HDMI, an optical audio output, Ethernet and USB.
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Engadget
During our brief time with the device is was every bit as quick and impressive as it was during the on-stage demo. Voice searches were quick, if not exactly flawless thanks to the rather noisy demo area. It was less than a second from when I finished speaking to when the results popped up on screen.
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Gizmodo
There's a lot of good about about Fire TV based on our brief hands on, but some bad as well. The $100 price tag isn't quite as competitive as we'd expect, in a world of $35 Chromecasts and $50 Rokus. And it lacks HBO GO, which really sucks.
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Tech Advisor
The Fire TV is runs on Android and as you would expect is hooked up to the firm's Prime Instant Video service for films and TV shows. However, you can also access other services from the little black box including Pandora, Spotify, YouTube, Vevo and Crackle.
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TechRadar
Amazon seems to have pulled off a very impressive feat here, turning in a box that's powerful under the hood, but with a simplified user experience that will click with users.
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VentureBeat
I may warm up to Amazon’s game controller over time, but after testing it out a bit at the media event today, I can’t imagine any hardcore gamers are going to be satisfied with it.
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TechCrunch
In terms of UI, I’m still undecided. Everything new takes some getting used to, but the dual panels on the left side, for FireTV options and then the subsequent categories for each of those options, has been confusing.
 
90
PC Mag
Amazon's approach to Android is overly curated, and a lot of its power will remain untapped for most users, but for a $100 media hub the Fire TV stands out.