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Technology Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

13:25  12 november  2019
13:25  12 november  2019 Source:   techradar.com

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Now in its third generation, the Amazon Fire TV Stick has been updated to support 4K content, and like the previous model, boasts an 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip and a 1.7GHz quad-core processor - but buying one still won’t break the bank at under $50.

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Like the previous version of the Fire TV Stick, the latest model still feature voice assistance courtesy of Amazon Alexa, and you’ll still be able to find a wealth of content through a variety of different apps, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and more. Who needs a smart TV, eh?

While Amazon has rectified some of the issues we had with the previous model, a few small niggling problems still remain that make the experience less than perfect – still, it’s not far off.

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Since the Fire TV Stick 4K was released, Amazon has made a push into televisions with the unveiling of a number of new Fire TV Edition sets, as well as a new Amazon Fire TV Cube, which is an updated version of its Alexa-enabled hands-free streaming media player, adding Dolby Vision and a few other new features to the mix.

You can now even hook up your Amazon Echo speakers with Fire TV devices, to create an immersive home cinema system – totally wireless, and all controllable with voice assistant Alexa.

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What you should know about Black Friday

It's quite likely the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K will get a discount over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, along with other Amazon devices, like the Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show, and Echo Show 5. If you want to keep ahead of all the discounts, make sure you check out our Amazon Black Friday deals page.

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Fire TV Stick 4 K is the most powerful 4 K streaming media stick with a Wi-Fi antenna design optimized for 4 K Ultra HD streaming. Enjoy brilliant picture with access to 4 K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR, and HDR10+. Choose from 500,000 movies and TV episodes. Watch favorites from Netflix, YouTube There are three major streaming devices which offer 4 K HDR streaming around . They are Google Chromecast Ultra at , Roku Streaming Stick + at and Amazon Fire TV Stick 4 K at . Google Chromecast Ultra doesn't come with a remote and requires a phone or other Google home device to

Price and availability

The Fire TV Stick 4K is available to buy for $49.99 / £49.99, which works out at around AU$68 based on current conversion rates - however, it's not yet available to buy in Australia and there's so far no word on when Amazon will begin selling it in this territory.

Compared to the non-4K version of the Fire TV Stick, you’re looking at a price increase of around $10 / £10, which we think is very reasonable considering the increased quality of content you’ll be getting with with support for 4K, Dolby Vision, HDR, HDR10+ and Dolby Atmos.

Similar products like Google's Chromecast Ultra retail for around $69, so the Fire TV Stick 4K is a good option if you’re looking to spend under $50 - still, it’s worth bearing in mind that you will need to buy subscriptions to use many of the apps like Netflix and Prime Video, which can soon add up.

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Design

If you’ve used the previous Amazon Fire TV Stick before, you’ll notice that the new version hasn’t changed very much in terms of design.

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Just press and ask to easily find, launch, and control movies and TV shows.Enjoy stunning 4 K Ultra HD streaming at up to 60fps. Experience the vivid, lifelike colors and exceptional clarity of Dolby Vision, HDR 10, HLG, and HDR10+. Feel scenes come to life with immersive Dolby Atmos audio when With more power, a lightning-fast processor, and support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Fire TV Stick 4 K allows you to enjoy a more complete 4 K Ultra HD streaming experience. Now you can control your compatible TV , sound bar, and receiver with power, volume, and mute buttons. Just press and ask to easily find

Measuring 99mm x 30mm x 14mm, the Fire TV Stick 4K is as unobtrusive and compact as ever, designed to plug directly into the HDMI 2.2 port on your TV. The stick itself is a little bit wider than a standard HDMI cable, so Amazon has included a male-to-female HDMI extender cable in case you have trouble fitting it in.

Amazon says the extender cable can also be used to improve the WiFi connection and remote control performance.

The outside of the Fire TV Stick 4K is largely the same as the previous model, only now it features the Amazon arrow logo without any text. On the inside, you have an 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip and a 1.7GHz quad-core processor like before, but now of course, the Fire TV Stick has support for 4K, as well as Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

On the side of the Fire TV Stick 4K you’ll find a micro-USB port to connect the power adaptor.

a close up of a remote control: amazon fire tv stick 4k© Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. amazon fire tv stick 4k

Now on to the remote; the biggest change here is that it now includes volume buttons and a power button. The inability to change the volume using the the previous model’s remote was a particular sticking point for many users, who found it annoying to constantly switch between it and their TV’s remote, or asking Alexa to change the volume.

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The remote therefore can now be used to change the volume on your TV, AV receiver, or soundbar, which is far more convenient.

Like it’s predecessor, you’ll still find a microphone button at the top of the remote, which can be used to summon Alexa without having to say “Alexa” before every command you make.

Features and performance

Setting up the Fire TV Stick 4K was absolutely seamless, thanks to the simple user interface and responsive remote control. During setup, the Fire TV Stick needs to be plugged into the mains as well as the HDMI port on your TV - all the cables and adaptors you’ll need come in the box.

Once you’ve plugged the Fire TV Stick into your TV, you're then prompted to set up the remote – you’ll be walked through the entire process by your TV so you don’t need to worry about leafing through manuals.

Like its predecessor, the Fire TV Stick 4K user interface is extremely easy to navigate, even for those who haven't even used a streaming device before. Recently accessed shows and apps can be found on the home screen, or you can scroll up and across to find different content and apps.

US Fire TV customers will also find a recently added tab on their device's interface; called 'Live TV', it collates all your live channels into one place.

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As well as being easy to use, the UI is very responsive and quick to load, and there’s a fantastic selection of streaming apps to choose from. To test how easy it is to sign up to a new service, we tried setting up an account with Disney Life through the Fire TV Stick 4K.

The whole process was extremely simple, with the option to link your new account to an existing social media account like Facebook – although the experience will vary between different apps, it’s encouraging that we didn’t run into any issues while setting up accounts with the platforms we don’t already subscribe to.

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Using the remote to control the Fire TV Stick 4K is similarly effortless, and the Alexa-powered voice search functionality is quick and accurate when you’re using apps like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.

However, voice search doesn’t work with every app on the service – UK viewers will notice that you can’t use it with BBC iPlayer, which means you have to manually type search terms within the app. Furthermore, you won’t be able to use your voice to skip to the next episode on many apps that otherwise support voice control, which is slightly annoying.

Another issue we found with voice search is that when you make a request that the Fire TV Stick 4K is unable to support, whatever content you are playing disappears, and you have to then select it again from within the app or Fire TV homepage to start it up.

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That being said, the voice search is generally very good, and you can even use voice commands to turn your TV on, control your smart devices, and view live camera feeds from compatible smart security cameras on your TV, which is really useful.

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In general, the search functionality is better than the previous model, as you can now search for shows by actor and specifically for 4K content, as well as searching for show titles directly. Amazon’s own content is predictably prioritized above other results from platforms, which could be irritating if you're primarily a Netflix user, for example.

Overall, the selection of apps available is extremely good, and you should be able to find most streaming platforms you can think of – although UK viewers won’t be able to find Now TV, and US viewers won't be able to stream on Walmart's Vudu, which is currently a large source of Dolby Vision content. Still, there's such a huge variety of content, so you probably won’t miss the odd niche app unless you are a diehard fan.

Final verdict

Overall, we're impressed with the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K. The interface is super responsive, quick to load, and it’s set out in an intuitive way.

Navigating through the different apps, shows, and movies is simple, with recently accessed content displayed on the home screen, however, you may find search results overly skewed towards Amazon’s own content if you’re used to using different streaming platforms.

Speaking of, the lack of consistency across different streaming platforms is an issue that affected the previous model of the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Hopefully future updates will provide more parity across the different platforms so that the experience is as streamlined as possible no matter where you watch your content but, for now, it's something we think most folks can look past.

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