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

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Amazon Fire TV review: the set-top that tries to do everything

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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Model

Key Specs

Type
Audio / video player
Audio codec support
AAC, MP3
Video services
Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Other
Audio services
Pandora, Other
Video outputs
HDMI
Audio outputs
TOSLINK (optical)
WiFi
yes

General

Type
Audio / video player

Supported media

Audio codec support
AAC, MP3
Video playback
yes (h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, VC-1)
Photo viewer
yes (JPEG, PNG)

Services

Video services
Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Other
Audio services
Pandora, Other
Photo services
Other

Storage

Internal storage
yes (8 GB)
USB
2.0 (1 ports)
Memory card reader
no

Speakers

Speakers
None

Power

Power adapter
Internal

Outputs

Video outputs
HDMI (1 outputs) (v1.4)
Audio outputs
TOSLINK (optical)

Inputs

Video input support
no
Audio input support
no

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)