Amazon Fire TV Stick 2020 review: Stuck in the middle with TV control

Streaming tv With the new, popularity continues to grow Services And the option Every day, and most major equipment manufacturers can hook up any TV to continue the new 2020 products. Roku a New Streambar and an Ultra, Google has Chromecast with Google TV And amazon has Cheapest new streamer of the bunch: $ 30 Fire Stick TV Lite and $ 40 update Fire tv stick. I am In-depth review of Fire Stick TV Lite here, So for this review I will focus on the more expensive Fire TV Stick.

like

  • Cheap
  • Remote Alexa provides voice and TV control
  • Wide range of streaming apps
  • Echo integrates well with speakers

do not like it

  • Cheaper light is a better value
  • Step-up 4K stick is better for 4K TV
  • More complex menus than Roku

In comparison 2019 fire tv stick predecessorAccording to Amazon, the latest Fire TV is 50 percent faster and 50 percent more efficient. I do not test power consumption, but I can report that it is too early. Like last year’s version, the Stick’s remote has buttons for volume, mute, and power, allowing you to control those functions on your TV – and perhaps dig up your TV remote as well. Those remote buttons are the only real difference between a $ 30 stick light and a $ 40 stick, so you’re basically paying $ 10 for a TV control.

With the existence of affordable lights more efficient Fire tv stick 4K, Which remains on sale at $ 50, is a $ 40 Stick (2020) middle child, and both others are better choices overall. Yes, that TV control is good, and the Fire Stick offers a lot for your $ 40, including integration with existing Echo devices, a good selection of applications (though not) Hbo max or Peacock) And a slick interface. But Fire TV still outpaces its Prime Video store in search results, and the home screen can be very busy for those who know what they want to watch. Fire Stick TV 4K for $ 10, Roku Streaming Stick Plus And Chromecast with Google TV All offer superior features and value, and $ 10 is an unbeatable deal for less light.

What is this?

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Fire TV sticks are USB stick-size devices that plug into an additional HDMI port on your TV. They stream audio and video content from dozens of different apps over your Wi-Fi connection. While anyone can use one of these devices, being an Amazon Prime Subscriber allows you to view paired programming.

The remote itself has not changed much since the first Fire TV was introduced, and it lacks the premium feel of either the Roku remote or Google’s new remote. The new Fire Stick Remote adds the ability to control your TV volume, although it lacks shortcuts to Netflix or other frequently used services. It takes about 30 seconds to set up the remote with the TV and it can also control a receiver (I used it with a Sony TV and an Onkyo receiver with no problems).

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With Fire TV Lite, these are the first devices we’ve seen to offer HDR but don’t 4K resolution, And raises the question of what kind of TV it is. There are hundreds of 4K HDR TVs out there, but I tried to do a search for 1080p TVs that can do HDR on the Best Buy site and only four were found. For most people with 4K HDR TVs, we would recommend getting a streamer that can actually do 4K instead of a 1080p streamer like a stick.

The stick comes with a power adapter and Amazon strongly recommends you use it. when you Might Use the USB port on your TV to power the device, which means that the unit may behave abnormally. for example, Dolby atmos The content would not work when the unit was plugged into a TV USB port, despite the device declaring that “Dolby Atmos” was outputting – the sound came out as 5.1.

Lots of streaming applications (but no peacock or HBO Max)

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Firing TV Sports (get it?) Dozens of streaming apps.

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Like other streaming devices the number of Amazon Fire TV support services is improving all the time. It can access almost all major streaming apps, including Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, Crackle, Pluto TV, Tubi TV, Amazon Music, Pandora, Spotify and many more. Adopter has easy to list NBE’s Peacock and HBO Max (although it doesn’t have a vanilla HBO app) to support so many services. Roku and Chromecast with Google TV The platforms both offer Peacock and later include HBO Max.

What to use it

With only a few features to differentiate them – and sticks also have the same S3L46N model number – the Fire TV and Fire TV Lite behaved almost identically in my tests. Both offer a healthy complement of features, tightly integrated voice commands and relative fast response times.

The Fire TV Stick Remote is easy to use, and searches with Alexa’s microphone button were more sensitive and relevant than using Echo between echoes. In contrast, Roku may not have the same strong voice capabilities, but text searches via the Roku Remote are generally targeted more than just “buy now” links rather than free or included programs.

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There are two different schools of thought when it comes to user interfaces: those with app-centric menus such as Roku and Apple TV simply show you a grid of apps, so you can actually watch something without having to click on each app Can not browse for . Amazon Fire TV and Google TV take a more content-centric approach, surfacing a lot of titles on the home page itself.

If you like grazing for content, Fire TV can be more attractive, if you know what you already want, or at least what app you want to watch, a rookie is probably a better one. The alternative is because Amazon’s search results fall heavily towards its (often user-paid-extra) content.

Amazon has promised an interface update later in 2020, which will be the first for both Lite and 2020 Fire TV. Amazon says that it offers a redesigned main menu and improved browsing, as well as a new section called Alexa Xplore with new recipes, stock reports and similar things.

The picture and sound quality was very similar between the Light and Fire Stick, and the image quality was as good as I expected. There is a difference in Atmos audio support on paper: the stick provides Dolby Atmos audio decoding while the light has Dolby Atmos pass-through. However, the practical difference between them is negligible, as listening to Atmos audio requires an Atmos-capable receiver or soundbar in both cases. Whether the stick or receiver decoding really doesn’t matter.

Also, in my testing I have received many services – including Prime Video and Disney Plus – that require a 4K TV for Atmos to work anyway. In short, I don’t consider this feature difference to be too big because most people with a decent Atmos setup should voluntarily use a 4K streamer once (4 times).

Should you buy it

If you’re in the market for a new $ 30 or $ 40 streamer, it comes as a choice between Fire TV’s content-first approach vs. Roku app-first. If you are familiar with Roko’s simple menu design, the number of tiles and options on the home page of the Fire TV Stick can be overwhelming.

If you already have a fire stick, then you have no reason to buy the 2020 version. Dolby Atmos and HDR are strange add-ons for 1080p devices, and if Amazon wanted to offer something unique at a price, it should include full 4K support. As it is, if you have a decent 4K TV, you should get a real 4K streamer – it’s just another $ 10. And if you want to save money, go with LIte.

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