Fire TV Stick

$37.99

Product is rated as #4 in category Amazon Products
Design8
EcoSystem8
Features8
Performance8
Value8

Since the first Fire TV Stick launched, its internals have been beefed up and it’s now equipped with Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa. However, the new Amazon Fire TV Stick fails to take the budget streaming crown. Its new voice search functionality is great across the apps it supports, but it doesn’t cover enough of the content on the device.

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Cheap TV streamer best for heavy Amazon Prime, Alexa users

8.2Expert Score
Amazon's cheap Alexa-powered stick is better than ever with a TV-control remote, but Roku's simple menus make it a better choice.
Design
8
EcoSystem
8
Features
8
Performance
8
Value
8
PROS
  • The Amazon Fire TV Stick is one of the least expensive streamers you can buy. Voice features are best-in-class, and Echo and Dot owners can control it with Alexa. Its app selection is superb, responses are fast and video quality is as good as any streamer. The remote can control volume and power on TVs, sound bars and AV receivers.
CONS
  • The user interface promotes TV shows and movies from Amazon and its partners that you probably don't care about.

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  1. SashaSS

    WARNING! I didn’t realize that when you buy any Amazon device like this one (or a tablet, etc) it comes preloaded with your info. That’s great.But if you gift it to someone else it has all your info, and they can buy & install apps, make in app purchases and so on. You then have to rely on them to figure out how to switch it to their Amazon account…if they even have one.EASY FIX. I guess I just needed to mark the “This is a gift” or the “This order contains a gift” box available on the Cart page.

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  2. SashaSS

    WARNING! I didn’t realize that when you buy any Amazon device like this one (or a tablet, etc) it comes preloaded with your info. That’s great.But if you gift it to someone else it has all your info, and they can buy & install apps, make in app purchases and so on. You then have to rely on them to figure out how to switch it to their Amazon account…if they even have one.EASY FIX. I guess I just needed to mark the “This is a gift” or the “This order contains a gift” box available on the Cart page.

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  3. SashaSS

    WARNING! I didn’t realize that when you buy any Amazon device like this one (or a tablet, etc) it comes preloaded with your info. That’s great.But if you gift it to someone else it has all your info, and they can buy & install apps, make in app purchases and so on. You then have to rely on them to figure out how to switch it to their Amazon account…if they even have one.EASY FIX. I guess I just needed to mark the “This is a gift” or the “This order contains a gift” box available on the Cart page.

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  4. Erik

    Although there are already 9,000 plus reviews and no one will ever read this, I think it’s worth noting how easy it is to setup the remote to power on not only the television but accessories as well. Remember those code books from days gone by where you had to enter a number of codes to get a remote to work with a receiver, or a sound bar? This thing does the work for you. It EASILY sets up to work both my TV and my SOUND BAR. The fact that my TV is one brand and my sound bar is another is no problem. I love not having to fish for 3 different remote controls whenever I want to watch Amazon Prime or Netflix.

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  5. Erik

    Although there are already 9,000 plus reviews and no one will ever read this, I think it’s worth noting how easy it is to setup the remote to power on not only the television but accessories as well. Remember those code books from days gone by where you had to enter a number of codes to get a remote to work with a receiver, or a sound bar? This thing does the work for you. It EASILY sets up to work both my TV and my SOUND BAR. The fact that my TV is one brand and my sound bar is another is no problem. I love not having to fish for 3 different remote controls whenever I want to watch Amazon Prime or Netflix.

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  6. Erik

    Although there are already 9,000 plus reviews and no one will ever read this, I think it’s worth noting how easy it is to setup the remote to power on not only the television but accessories as well. Remember those code books from days gone by where you had to enter a number of codes to get a remote to work with a receiver, or a sound bar? This thing does the work for you. It EASILY sets up to work both my TV and my SOUND BAR. The fact that my TV is one brand and my sound bar is another is no problem. I love not having to fish for 3 different remote controls whenever I want to watch Amazon Prime or Netflix.

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  7. noneyet

    High speed internet, wi-fi, etc., did not get to my neck of the woods until very recently so my experience with these devices was limited. The first was chrome cast which was good except I had to bring the laptop into the living room (I don’t care to watch on a small screen) to be able to cast to the TV. I know, a not a real big problem, but still awkward. Also, it was a bit tricky for me to set up. I finally took the plunge and purchased the fire stick. I have read some reviews that are quite technical and way above my pay grade. I will keep this simple. The fire stick has been very, very, good for me. Set up was a snap. I don’t have a smart TV, just a fairly new, cheap, HD. The picture is great and so is the sound. If there are technical glitches I haven’t noticed them. I still need practice negotiating the screens, but that will come with time. I am getting used to talking to a machine, but still say “please” when addressing Alexa. I have already spent a couple of snow days catching up on two seasons of “The Blacklist” and have almost gotten through “Bosch “. I still haven’t had time for the movies. There is so much available it boggles the mind. I guess all of this identifies me as an old person. Well, I certainly am and for me the fire stick is the best thing to come along since the VCR. I would highly recommend it for my fellow oldies who may be a bit leery about trying something out of their comfort zone.

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  8. noneyet

    High speed internet, wi-fi, etc., did not get to my neck of the woods until very recently so my experience with these devices was limited. The first was chrome cast which was good except I had to bring the laptop into the living room (I don’t care to watch on a small screen) to be able to cast to the TV. I know, a not a real big problem, but still awkward. Also, it was a bit tricky for me to set up. I finally took the plunge and purchased the fire stick. I have read some reviews that are quite technical and way above my pay grade. I will keep this simple. The fire stick has been very, very, good for me. Set up was a snap. I don’t have a smart TV, just a fairly new, cheap, HD. The picture is great and so is the sound. If there are technical glitches I haven’t noticed them. I still need practice negotiating the screens, but that will come with time. I am getting used to talking to a machine, but still say “please” when addressing Alexa. I have already spent a couple of snow days catching up on two seasons of “The Blacklist” and have almost gotten through “Bosch “. I still haven’t had time for the movies. There is so much available it boggles the mind. I guess all of this identifies me as an old person. Well, I certainly am and for me the fire stick is the best thing to come along since the VCR. I would highly recommend it for my fellow oldies who may be a bit leery about trying something out of their comfort zone.

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  9. noneyet

    High speed internet, wi-fi, etc., did not get to my neck of the woods until very recently so my experience with these devices was limited. The first was chrome cast which was good except I had to bring the laptop into the living room (I don’t care to watch on a small screen) to be able to cast to the TV. I know, a not a real big problem, but still awkward. Also, it was a bit tricky for me to set up. I finally took the plunge and purchased the fire stick. I have read some reviews that are quite technical and way above my pay grade. I will keep this simple. The fire stick has been very, very, good for me. Set up was a snap. I don’t have a smart TV, just a fairly new, cheap, HD. The picture is great and so is the sound. If there are technical glitches I haven’t noticed them. I still need practice negotiating the screens, but that will come with time. I am getting used to talking to a machine, but still say “please” when addressing Alexa. I have already spent a couple of snow days catching up on two seasons of “The Blacklist” and have almost gotten through “Bosch “. I still haven’t had time for the movies. There is so much available it boggles the mind. I guess all of this identifies me as an old person. Well, I certainly am and for me the fire stick is the best thing to come along since the VCR. I would highly recommend it for my fellow oldies who may be a bit leery about trying something out of their comfort zone.

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