The entertainment market continues to evolve. Customer needs are constantly evolving. In recent times, customers have wanted their music, TV, video, video games and internet browsing to be available on one device.
The big manufacturers and the newcomers who want to break into this juicy windfall compete in ingenuity to scratch their share in this market. The devices take various forms and aspects to meet all possible and imaginable customer needs.
Thus were created the decoders TV which do not entirely satisfy the customers, then, there were the boxes Android TV, and then, 5 years ago, the key HDMI, which is clearly smaller than a TV box, but which is just as effective. The Amazon Fire TV Stick is one of those HDMI keys that will become essential to transform your TV into Smart TV or smart television or even connected television.
Destined to become a multimedia alternative to the Google dongle , which has been present in commerce since 2013, Amazon launched the Fire TV Stick with its own configurations in 2014 in the USA and distributed since 2017 in France directly on Amazon . With features and capabilities that have nothing to envy those of its competitor, the Fire TV Stick deserves its place in this market.
Amazon Fire TV Stick – Hardware Review
The Fire TV Stick from Amazon looks like a large USB stick except that it connects to an HDMI port. Since almost all current TVs have an HDMI port, installation should not be too much of a problem. Its small size should suit the location for your TV’s HDMI. Discreet and light, it measures 8.6 cm in length by 3 cm in width, for a weight of 32 grams.
It comes with a power cable, a remote control with 2 AAA batteries, and finally an HDMI extension cable. The power cable is connected at one end to a micro USB port on the dongle, which should only be used for this purpose, and at the other end, to an electrical outlet.
The HDMI extension allows you to connect your HDMI dongle if the location where it should be on your TV is not large enough to connect it directly.
With a 1 GB cache and 8 GB internal memory, the Amazon Fire TV Stick is large enough for the games and applications you download.
As it is a minimalist device, the USB ports or other SD card supports that you normally use on a TV box with your USB keys and external hard drive and SD or micro SD cards are not available. On the other hand, by purchasing this Fire TV Stick, you will have access to the Cloud for your storage and for all Amazon content. Which is even better because it takes up less space.
Here, no cable connection, you only connect by Wifi, which is provided by a double antenna for the occasion to provide stability and speed of your connection speed: 802.11a / b / n / ac and 802.11a / b / g / n / ac. With a good quality of Wifi, which depends on your internet operator, your streaming broadcasts do not experience crashes or bugs. The connection of the Amazon Fire TV Stick is very correct.
In addition, Bluetooth 4.1, with very good transfer qualities, allows you to use a headset, your joystick or another device equipped with Bluetooth.
Amazon Fire TV Stick – Software Review & Review
The OS is provided by the Amazon Fire OS, an operating system of the e-commerce box itself. You thus benefit from all the services of the OS: Amazon Music for your music, Amazon Prime video for your videos and films, Amazon Photo, the Amazon App Store to download your game applications like Molotov TV… Developed on the model of Android system, those who are used to using the latter should easily find their mark with the Amazon Fire OS.
The Fire TV remote control, supplied with 2 AAA batteries and which is delivered with the Amazon Fire TV Stick, communicates with the HDMI dongle via Bluetooth. Several alternatives are available to those who are not comfortable with this Fire remote control, including commercially available Bluetooth universal remote controls, and for this, the remote control is required. Otherwise, there is obviously voice control via Alexa which is currently only available across the Atlantic.
However, after a short adjustment, you will find your initial remote control more practical and more flexible than any other universal remote control purchased in specialized stores. The Fire TV remote control is effective although fragile according to the discussion on a user forum.
In addition, the interface for ranking the applications present is not so practical. The applications are stored a little anyhow, it is difficult to find at first what you want, because you have to search everything, especially if your application is not among those that are recognized by the masses. A research tool needs to be installed there.
Amazon Fire TV Stick – Performance Reviews
The opinions are unanimous on the forum, because despite its very small size, the Amazon Fire TV Stick is as responsive as an ordinary Android TV box. No bug, no latency, fluid, fast, it is very powerful and very intuitive.
Kodi is not preinstalled on the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Fortunately, to have it easily, you need to download it and install it afterwards. This installation is interesting insofar as the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Kodi brought the best combination of streaming that is between the device and the streaming application. You could thus benefit from all the formats supported by Kodi for your HDMI key which will be all the more interesting.
JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP formats are supported by the Amazon Fire TV Stick. The definition of 4K digital image is not currently supported by this TV dongle.
Nevertheless, 720p and 1080p outputs up to 60 fps are supported and already give a very acceptable resolution of your screen viewing, whether in photo or video. 4K resolution will not be long in Amazon’s “online bins”.
Audio & Video
Audio formats MIDI, MP3, HE-AACv1 (AAC +), AAC-LC, HE-AACv2 (eAAC +), AC3 (Dolby Digital), FLAC, Vorbis, PCM / Wave, eAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus), AMR-WB, AMR-NB can be read by the Amazon Fire TV Stick. On the video side, H.264 or MPEG-4 AVC and H.265 or MPEG-4 HEVC formats can also be played by this HDMI key.
All this to tell you that most audio and video formats are compatible with the Amazon Fire TV Stick, and that with an image and sound quality that would satisfy you.
The video games available in 2D are very satisfactory. The Amazon Fire TV Stick is certainly not a reference, but it is very well exploitable despite the usual crashes and jerks to the usual games found on TV boxes.
The Fire TV remote can be used for video games, but a Bluetooth controller may be more useful for this. In short, we could have found better to play with the Amazon Fire TV Stick, because it is not fluid enough to allow playing with total satisfaction.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Internet providers are starting to block certain access to Kodi. As a result, they always keep an archive of your internet use, in particular thanks to your IP. Several VPNs (virtual private network) allow you to work around problems easily and inexpensively. We recommend ExpressVPN both for the price and for the stability of the connection.
Technical characteristics of the Fire TV Stick from Amazon
- With Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, easily access content from Prime Video, Netflix and more than 4,000 apps and games. Additional fees may apply to watch content, use apps or play games. Plus, access millions of websites like YouTube, Facebook and Reddit through browsers like Silk and Firefox.
- Fire TV Stick Basic Edition comes with a remote control allowing you to easily control and play all the content you want.
- Just plug in your Fire TV Stick Basic Edition and start using it in minutes.
- Enjoy fast and smooth streaming with a quad-core processor, 8 GB of storage space and 1 GB of memory for apps and games.
- Amazon Prime members have unlimited access to Prime Video content, including The Man in the High Castle, American Gods, and The Grand Tour series.
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|Food||External power supply Adapter mode|
|Dimension and weight||Package size (L x W x H): 132x87x26 Package weight: Product size (L x W x H): Product weight: 144|
|Package contents||1 x “MXQ PRO Amlogic S905W Smart TV Box”, 1 x remote control, 1 x HDMI cable|
Created on the model of the Google dongle, a small compact device that provides almost all possible multimedia entertainment: photos, video, music, internet browsing, the Amazon Fire TV Stick nevertheless has a very great asset that characterizes it by compared to its “model”: autonomy. Indeed, if the Google key requires the use of a phone, the Fire TV dongle has its own OS. Its size is not an obstacle with all it can give since the Amazon Cloud is available for Fire TV customers.
Two versions of the Amazon Fire TV Stick are sold on the market: the basic edition and the version with the voice of Alexa. Only the first is available in France and the second is only sold across the Atlantic. Nevertheless, we can hope that it could soon be bought by French customers given the heaps of possibilities that we have heard of.
The advantage with the Amazon Fire TV Stick is also that it is discreet, light and transportable. Indeed, unlike a TV box, you can take it from one room to another, or even from one place to another without it bothering you very much. It’s quite practical, especially for people who travel often, they can enjoy their video entertainment, music, streaming shows … as if they were at home, of course, provided the hotel has an HD TV.
You only have to take in a small pocket of your bag that the HDMI key, the power cable, also small, the remote control and if necessary is the small HDMI extension while for the TV box requires a larger space, because more voluminous. Your purchase could be even more interesting if you are registered on Amazon Prime. But the quality / price ratio even without registration is already very interesting.