The Fire TV Stick 4K is the media banner that Amazon must have launched years back. Cooler than a Roku and much less expensive than an Apple TV, the brand-new $50 streaming dongle uses 4K HDR video in every conceivable format while outperforming Amazon’s more costly Jared Newman/ IDG As did previous Fire TV Sticks, the 4K variation tucks behind your TELEVISION (and consists of an extension cable, if you need it).
The Fire TELEVISION Stick 4K remote might be the only remote you need, with TELEVISION power, volume control, and mute buttons integrated. None of this is new in the streaming world– Roku, Apple TELEVISION, and the Nvidia Guard TV all have TELEVISION controls on their remotes– so Amazon is long overdue to catch up.
Like other Fire TELEVISION devices, the Fire TELEVISION Stick 4K can also be managed by voice commands, either by pressing the remote’s microphone button or talking hands-free with an Alexa device, such as the Amazon Echo speaker. You can utilize these commands to introduce videos or music in supported apps, look for material, or control video playback, and you can use the remote like any other Alexa device for asking about the weather condition, looking up sports scores, or managing smart house gadgets.
Still, Amazon has actually enhanced the experience since 2015. You can now ask Alexa what’s currently airing on a particular channel, for circumstances, and specific apps such as Netflix permit you to browse within their own libraries. The list of Alexa-enabled apps has increased over time too, and now consists of live TELEVISION services such as Play Station Vue and Hulu with Live TV.
Searching by voice is cool, but category searches tend to fizzle. In an enjoyable surprise, Alexa can even control the remote’s TV controls, so you can manage TELEVISION volume and power with hands-free voice commands when the remote is pointed towards the TELEVISION. This mainly prevents the requirement for Amazon’s slower, less feature-packed Fire TELEVISION Cube.
Just like previous Fire TV gadgets, the Fire TV Stick 4K’s menu system is both its greatest drawback and its biggest source of potential. Amazon takes quite much the opposite method from Roku, avoiding a simple app launcher and instead splaying out row after row of content recommendations. While there is an adjustable row of apps near the top of the menu, only 5 apps fit on screen at as soon as, so getting to all your apps requires either a great deal of scrolling or a long-press on the house button, which brings up another menu that lets you see all your apps together. The Fire TELEVISION home screen is as splashy as ever. Amazon plainly prefers that you instead scroll aimlessly around the Fire TV home screen, so it can get down to business of offering you more stuff.
The approach isn’t all bad. Having lots of material on the home screen implies less time leaping in and out of apps, and some of Amazon’s home screen rows– such as the “Netflix suggests” row and the “On Now” row for live TV channels– are really beneficial. And for Prime customers, the Fire TV is great at showing videos you might have otherwise missed out on.
Now, the Fire TV Stick 4K’s upselling and marketing look like an acceptable compromise. They’re just the price you spend for an unbeatable worth. The most effective 4K streaming media stick with a brand-new Wi-Fi antenna style enhanced for 4K Ultra HD streaming. Introduce and control all your favorite movies and TV shows with the next-gen Alexa Voice Remote. New power, volume, and mute buttons to control your TV, sound bar, and receiver. Enjoy dazzling image and immersive noise with access to 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR, HDR 10+, and Dolby Atmos.
Watch favorites from Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, STARZ, SHOWTIME, CBS All Access, and others Switch perfectly between your earphones and sound system-pair compatible Bluetooth earphones with Fire TELEVISION to listen to movies, TELEVISION shows, and music.