Amazon Fire TV Review

“The best 4K entertainment experience”

Not many companies have dared to make a bold move like Amazon did. So we decided to give them a crown for being the first producer to update their TV Box to 4K Ultra HD support. This means that users are able to watch movies or TV shows in the highest resolution available right now (3840 × 2160 or 2160p). So, if you own a 4K TV, this may be the right product for improving your entertainment experience.

This is not the only improvement on the updated Amazon Fire TV. The box also comes with a better processor which allows it to move faster and react almost instantly to your commands. Is this the best TV box money can buy? After testing it, we can ensure you that it really is. Even the latest Apple TV wasn’t able to come with such features.

While there are other TV Boxes in the market that support 4K, the Amazon Fire TV box offers the best price.

What’s in the package?

The Amazon Fire TV box comes with a Voice remote (for vocal control), power adapter, and 2 AAA batteries for the remote. Like most of other TV boxes, you will need an HDMI cable and a high-speed internet connection.

The setup is simple as all you have to do is connect the box to your TV, as well as connect to the internet. Of course that you will also need an Amazon Prime account if you want to complete your TV viewing experience.

Design and Functionality

In terms of design, the Amazon Fire TV box resembles other TV boxes; it is a big rectangular box, in matte-black, with the Amazon logo on top. Still, simplistic design can fit even the most minimalistic living room, and if you don’t want the box in plain sight, you can always hide it under the TV.

All the ports are placed on the rear side of the box, just like with the last version, and make the access easy. Also, the one change you might notice – the top lid is not as prone to collecting dust and fingerprints as the last one.

The remote looks like its previous version. The only noticeable change is the fact that now it works via Wi-Fi and not via Bluetooth. Otherwise, it supports the same voice search algorithm that the first Amazon Fire did. This feature uses Alexa, the Amazon’s cloud-based voice service. You can ask her to check sports scores, display news or weather, ask questions, and other activities available via voice commands.

Hardware

While the exterior looks like the old Fire TV, the new one comes with a completely changed interior; this time Amazon equipped its box with a 2GHz quad-core processor (MediaTek) and a Power VR GX6250 600MHz for graphic processing. It still has 2GB of RAM memory, but so do other models on the market like Tronsmart MXIII Plus.

You should also know that there is no optical audio port on the new Amazon Fire TV. They replaced it with an SD card slot that can take up to 128GB of extra storage space. This is a very nice feature if we consider the fact that the standard version only supports 8GB. So, for a great audio experience, you will need to purchase the correct HDMI cable that supports HDMI 2.0.

Software

FireOS is a forked version of Android which offers a friendly and responsive interface. You should not expect to be running the regular Android you know – in FireOS, the Amazon store is a king of the land. You will still have access to Google Play but only to a restricted section.

You should also know that the entire system is based on Amazon services and, without an Amazon Prime account, it is not much you can do. In continuation of that, the voice search service is also very Amazon oriented. It’s quick and accurate, but 9 out of 10 links in a search result will take you to Amazon.

Final Thoughts

PROS:
  • Fast and easy to use
  • Powerful GPU and processor
  • Friendly interface
  • Accurate voice search
  • 4K Ultra HD support
CONS:
  • An HMDI 2.0 is needed for UHD support
  • No universal search
  • Amazon Prime is a must

At the end of the day, the Amazon Fire TV box is an impressive piece of equipment that offers an amazing entertainment experience. More than that, if you are an Amazon fan and you own a Prime account, you will have access to an amazing world of video in a high-quality.

 

 

8 Total Score
Very Good!

Design
9
Hardware
7.5
Performance
8
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