Amazon renewed its family of Fire TV devices by introducing two new Fire TV Sticks and one that is not without being a Stick has interesting features for those looking for something more. All these proposals will allow you to turn any television into a smart one and we are going to tell you why they are one of the most interesting options on the market.
New Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick Lite
The last HDMI stick Amazon released was the Fire TV Stick 4K two years ago. Since then he hadn’t moved a tab or yes. After a few months they retired the basic model and many users miss them. Because they themselves took out of the game a model that attracted a lot for prices and for those who did not need anything related to 4K it was perfect.
Now the new Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick Lite collect to some extent that witness of the original model. And they do it with some interesting features, but above all by returning to one of their greatest successes: a competitive price .
The first of these HDMI dongles is the Fire TV. A device that physically does not change much compared to the 4K model. At least physically, because in terms of benefits there are differences. However, the ideal comparison is against the previous basic model. Thus, between the two there is a difference in performance of 50% more according to the company thanks to a quad-core processor at 1.7 Ghz.
Despite the maximum power it now offers, it is capable of supporting HDR high dynamic range content, a feature that any imaging expert considers more important than 4K resolution. In addition, it is capable of streaming video at 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second , support for Dolby Atmos sound and compatibility with 5 Ghz WiFi networks.
If to all this we add a command with support for Alexa and a price of only 39.99 euros, they result in a very striking proposal for all those users who have a silly screen or whose integrated Smart TV platform does not fit or has stopped receive updates with which you can enjoy new improvements and services.
On the other hand, there is the Fire TV Stick Lite, a somewhat surprising proposal, because it is basically the same device, with identical support for HDR content and Full HD video resolution at 60 frames per second. However why it costs only 29.99 euros and is called Lite.
The answer to those questions is in command. The remote control of the cheaper version of the current Fire TV Stick dispenses with the volume buttons as well as the mute button. However, it adds a button that would give access to that live television offer that Amazon is proposing.
With the absence of these buttons what is really being eliminated is the control of the television when connected to an HDMI CEC port. So you must take that into account. If you are interested in turning on your TV through the Fire TV Stick remote and also having support for Dolby Atmos, then your ideal model is the following.
For the rest, with both devices you can access the entire catalog of applications available for Fire TV and services ranging from Amazon’s own such as Prime Video or other popular ones such as Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO, etc.
Amazon Fire TV Cube
Along with the new Fire TV Stick, a new component also came to the family that, this time, is not an HDMI stick. It is the Fire TV Cube , a product that had been launched in the United States (a previous version of course) and that now arrives for the first time in many other countries, including Spain.
The Fire TV Cube is Amazon’s most ambitious product to accompany your television or screen. A small cube-shaped set top box, hence the name, whose main characteristics are greater power and speed in operation . And of course, also a higher price as is logical to expect.
In this way, the Fire TV Cube is capable of playing content at 4K resolution at 60p and supporting Dolby Vision images. Although it is not the only standard of images with high dynamic range that it supports, there is also HDR 10+ and for sound issues the support of Dolby Atmos .
Without a doubt, it is the ideal companion for the most demanding users in terms of quality, both in terms of image and sound. And if all this were not enough, the new device also adds eight microphones and the company’s advanced voice recognition technology to capture your requests at all times through voice commands.
Thus, it could be said that the Fire TV Cube is a combination between the most advanced model of the Fire TV Stick 4K and all that technology included in the Amazon Echo so that the voice control experience is satisfactory regardless of the location of the device, even when it is next to the television and a sound bar to offer a better audiovisual experience.
On top of it all, built-in HDMI CEC support lets you control your TV and other compatible devices directly from the Fire TV Cube using voice commands and the remote control. Of course, its price is higher and costs 119 euros. Of course, if you take into account the price of products like the Apple TV or the Nvidia Shield, it may compensate you. Although there it would be necessary to assess well what each one offers in terms of services and applications.
New Fire TV experience
Finally, in addition to the hardware renewal, the new Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Cube will enjoy a new experience with a much simpler, intuitive and simple interface that you can customize according to your interests.
In addition to the changes so that you can find content and access your favorite services and applications quickly, there is also the improvement in the Alexa integration. Although to get the most out of the Fire TV read our article, where you will surely find an interesting trick.