The first Amazon Fire TV sticks were introduced in 2014 as a direct competitor to Google’s Chromecast. The digital media player managed to build a strong user base, and Amazon released new and more powerful versions.
The Fire TV Stick 4K was released in 2018 during the holiday season, and it brought some exciting features on the table. One of the best changes comes in the form of the improved Alexa voice remote which now features dedicated physical buttons for the power, volume, and mute functions.
The setup process is streamlined and quite intuitive. Users will have to point the remote at the TV and press the buttons a few times. During this time the remote will identify your TV. After this task is finished, you can forget about the accessory and use your voice if you prefer to do so.
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Users who prefer a physical remote will be happy to learn that it has been fitted with IR blasters, which allow it to perform a variety of additional tasks, among which we can count the switch between several HDMI inputs, controlling a separate sound bar and tracking down a particular channel.
The stick also sports some significant improvements. You can plug it into a free HDMI port while a separate USB cable will have to be connected to a nearby power outlet since the ports present on most TVs do not provide enough energy to use the device properly.
Amazon added plenty of bells and whistles as users can opt between Dolby Vision, HDR 10, HDR 10+ and Dolby Atmos, with the first one being a highlight since this is the only Fire TV device to offer the standard. The 4K functionality renders content in glorious UHD image, and the quality is impressive. Alexa can provide a list of 4K movies selected from several sources, with a focus on choices which allow you to see the content for free.
The promotional package includes the stick and the remote for CAD 54.99 in comparison to the usual CAD 70 price tag.
Jackson Bey was born and raised in Lethbridge Alberta but moved east when he was 22. Apart from running his own consulting firm. Jackson spends his time canoeing the many lakes of Ontario. As a financial journalist Jackson has published stories for CBC Business Online, as well as Buzz Feed and Motherboard. As a contributor to Billionaire 365, Jackson mostly covers markets and trade.