The Best All-new Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote (Pendant Design) | Streaming Media Player – 2018
All-new, streamlined Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and HDR support. Includes HDMI output, micro USB for power or purchase optional Amazon Ethernet Adapter to take advantage of the speed and reliability of wired internet.; Experience true-to-life picture quality and sound with access to vivid 4K Ultra HD up to 60 fps, HDR, and Dolby Atmos audio.; Enjoy tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills with access to over 500,000 movies and TV episodes from Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, SHOWTIME, NBC, and more. Plus, access millions of websites such as YouTube, Facebook, and Reddit with browsers like Silk and Firefox.; Use your voice to easily find, launch, and control content with your Alexa Voice Remote or pair Fire TV with an Echo device for hands-free content control.; Do more with Alexa by playing music, ordering a pizza, and controlling compatible lights and other smart home devices—just ask.; Amazon Prime membership unlocks thousands of movies and TV episodes, including Thursday Night Football, Amazon Original Series, Amazon Channels, and ad-free listening to millions of songs with Prime Music.; No cable or satellite? No problem. Watch live TV and sports through Fire TV with subscriptions to Hulu, PlayStation Vue, and Sling TV, or connect an HD antenna to your TV to get free broadcast networks like NBC and PBS.; Simply plug into an HDTV and start streaming in minutes. With an ultra-fast processor and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, you can rely on smooth and responsive performance. Amazon Ethernet Adapter sold separately.
This is a bad replacement for the old version of FireTV and is more of an upgraded version of the Fire Stick.I’ve been a big fan of all other forms of the Fire TV family, I have a first generation FireStick, 2 second generation FireSticks, and a FireTV2. That’s why I preordered and was excited for the first updated FireTV in two years. Needless to say this was a huge disappointment and marketed completely wrong by Amazon.As an “upgraded” version of the FireTV, this device fails in almost every way possible...Internal components - FAILExternal option features - FAILOS6 Firware - FAIL (not ready for initial release)Amazon removed the built in ethernet attachment and instead makes you purchase an ethernet accessory dongle if you want the option to hard wire the internet. They removed the microSD slot, removing the possibility of expanding the memory for additional apps, games, or playing digital content that you already own. They also removed the USB option for a keyboard, mouse, or hard drive.Looking at the specs the processor is actually slower, and the 4k capability is only SLIGHTLY improved over the FireTV2. After two years of design the only display difference was to upgrade 4k from 30fps to 60fps. The older version feels faster and loads videos and apps quicker than this device also.The OS6 is still glitchy and had trouble loading your apps on the homepage and the 'My Apps" page. I'm sure the OS will receive updates to fix these issues, but should have been done before the release.Yes the price is cheaper than the old version, but you are definitely purchasing a lesser product.As I said, if you are looking for an improved FireStick, this is an upgrade.If you are looking for a new or replacement FireTV, stay away or wait for the (rumored) FireTV cube.
I bought this in order to have an Alexa-enabled device connected to our media center and be able to play Prime music through the home stereo. It does that well, and I am happy to give this three stars based on that low-expectation functionality.Fire TV 4K fails to get any more stars because I do not enjoy the user interface. I do not like that I have no way to explicitly browse content that streams for free via my Prime membership. I am frustrated that Amazon consistently interjects media content that is pay-per-view in search results and category browsing. Amazon has intentionally chosen not to include flagging on the thumbnails that identifies which content is Prime and which is not. In the mobile Prime Video app interface, this is a convenient feature. Fire TV has introduced a regression in this regard by requiring users to click on a thumbnail before they can find out if something is pay-per-view or free. I am tempted to drop a star on this review simply because of this frustration.Another thing that sucks about the UI is the proliferation of horizontal scrolling of thumbnails. This requires a separate button push for EVERY thumbnail, of which there are usually dozens in a horizontally-arranged list. I would prefer to see vertical pages of thumbnails that I could scroll down on and only have to push the button per row of three or four thumbnails. I suspect there was some user group testing where they found people perceived the collection of content was greater if it was arranged in this manner rather than in vertically-scrolling pages.I'm also not fond of the trailers they squeeze in front of the content you are trying to watch. It's just another obstacle to have to leap past. It would be one thing if they used their robust analytics capabilities to present properly-targetted content trailers, but it's clearly generic advertising.My hope is that Amazon will improve these UI failures and make this device much better. The hardware aspect of this product is satisfactory.UPDATE 10/31: I dropped a star. Review is now two-stars. This evening I saw a banner ad on the Fire TV 4k home screen advertising a Hewlett Packard computer. I did not buy what I thought was a premium media player for me to be sold to advertisers as a captive audience for ads. I am strongly considering returning this device to purchase an AppleTV 4k unit.
It really kills me to write this, but Amazon really dropped the ball big time with this one. My problems with this device are all hardware and design based. I had no issues with set up or software, as I've read some others have had.Here's a quick recap of why this device is terrible:1- the HDMI cable is stupid short. It literally dangles off your tv if you use a side HDMI port, like I do. It looks bad and just feels bad. Plus, in my case, the power outlet was on the other side of the room. No problem with my previous FireTV but because the HDMI cable is so short... dig out those extension cords. Just messy.2- No SD card port. Makes it VERY limited on space for apps, etc. STUPID move, Amazon.3- WiFi ONLY unless you pay for an extra adapter for $15. Sorry, but I'm not paying more money to add something that never should have been removed in the first place. Because this edition is WiFi only, the picture is awful. I mean, awful. Think VHS compared to Blu Ray. I have a good WiFi network, fast speed, and 4k looked atrocious. I hooked up my previous FireTV and was amazed at how much better the quality was. I'm not sure if its a WiFi thing or not, but for things like streaming and gaming, I prefer hardwired connections to get better, more stable speeds. And again, I'm not paying extra $ to find out if this device will perform better hardwired or not. I already had the design and tiny HDMI cable.I got this device thinking the picture quality might be better than the previous edition, which has a great picture on my 4K TV. I was so, so wrong. Unfortunately, I WILL be returning this device and sticking with the previous edition which specs aside is far superior in nearly every factor.
Want to watch YouTube's 4K HDR content? Well, this is what you'll get when you try. If Amazon doesn't fix this by the end of the week, I'll be returning this product.
My Fire TV 2 has better picture quality, built in Ethernet connection, SD card. The only thing the Fire TV 3 does better is play 4K and HDR files. It was a big waste of money poorly designed and crappy connections.