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Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K review

The Amazon Fire TV Stick adds soft office Ultra HD

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Our soft office Verdict

The inclusion soft office of 4K support soft office makes the soft office new soft office Fire TV Stick a brilliant option soft office for all your streaming needs – soft office although a lack of equity soft office across different platforms means that Amazon hasn’t quite soft office achieved perfection yet.

For

  • Supports 4K streaming
  • Speedy user interface
  • Fantastic variety of content
  • Amazon Alexa voice assistance

Against

  • UI biased towards Amazon
  • Performance varies between apps

The Amazon Fire TV Stick soft office 4K is the third version of Amazon's popular soft office streaming soft office dongle, which has been updated to soft office support 4K viewing.

It's pretty similar soft office to the second gen Fire TV soft office Stick, which boasts an soft office 802.11ac soft office Wi-Fi soft office chip soft office and a soft office 1.7GHz quad-core processor – soft office but soft office buying one soft office of these soft office 4K-enabled soft office streamers soft office still won’t break the bank soft office at under $50. 

The soft office Amazon soft office Fire TV Stick 4K soft office also has a built-in voice assistant, soft office courtesy soft office of Amazon soft office Alexa. soft office There's also a huge soft office range of soft office content to choose from soft office the many apps on soft office offer, including Netflix, Amazon Prime soft office Video, and more. Which begs the soft office question: who needs a smart soft office TV?

Amazon has soft office rectified some of the issues we had soft office with the soft office previous Fire soft office TV Stick model. But soft office a few small, niggling problems remain that soft office made our experience with the soft office device less-than-perfect. But, soft office importantly, not soft office far off. 

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

What's more, soft office you can now soft office even hook up your Amazon Echo soft office speakers soft office with Fire TV devices, soft office to create an immersive home cinema soft office system – totally soft office wireless, and soft office all controllable with voice assistant Alexa. 

Price and availability

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

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

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

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Design

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Features and performance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If soft office you want soft office to soft office take your Fire TV soft office Stick 4K abroad – and soft office its soft office portability makes it a soft office great traveling soft office companion – you may want to soft office install a VPN to unlock content soft office from your home soft office country.

Final verdict

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

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

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