Price (RRP) £34.99
The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a portable streaming media player for HDTVs. It boasts ‘tens of thousands of TV episodes and movies’, mostly from Amazon Video (Prime membership) and other streaming services such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer.
In the box is the Fire TV Stick and remote, AA batteries, power cable and a HDMI extender which can help improve wireless reception. As the stick has a male HDMI connection there’s no need for a separate HDMI cable.
Users do not need to be Prime members to enjoy the programming available on the Fire TV Stick, with many streaming services and low cost movie rentals available to enjoy.
The Fire Stick also supports casual gaming, music, photos and on-demand sports. Users can even use Plex and Kodi with the device.
Hardware and features
Advertised as the ‘most powerful streaming stick’, the portable device has 8GB of storage space and runs on 1GB of memory, with a VideoCore4 GPU for seamless picture quality streaming up to 1080p HD, 60fps. A dual-core processor allows for fast navigation, with dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi capability.
Taking a leaf from Chromecast’s book, the Fire TV Stick allows for a ‘fling’ function, which allows users to send video and audio from a second-screen enabled device to the big screen. Cross-platform integration is a bonus, with Android, Fire OS and phone brands Motorola, LG and Google providing compatibility.
UK buyers can now take advantage of an introductory offer ending on May 10, 2017, which gifts the user with £2 credit to be used across Amazon Video on films and TV.
Ideal for travel, the Fire Stick can be utilised in hotels and at friends’ for the best cinematic at-home experience, wherever the viewer is.
The Fire TV Remote App can be installed on smartphones and speeds up search with voice control and a keyboard.
A cheaper, streamlined alternative to the Fire TV box, the Fire Stick boasts a range of features, media content and capabilities ideal for the mobile user, but equally suitable for families and quiet nights in.