Amazon Fire TV (2017) review: This is a step backward, even with 4K HDR

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Amazon started streaming 4K HDR video way back in 2015, and now it has a streaming device to match in the new Fire TV.

Assuming you have a 4K HDR television, the 2017 Fire TV streams crisper, more color-rich video for the same $70 price as Roku’s Streaming Stick+ and Google’s Chromecast Ultra. It’s also a bit faster than the 1080p Fire TV Stick, which remains available for $40.

Despite the step forward on video quality, the new Fire TV suffers from some confounding design choices that make basic navigation a hassle. It also requires you to keep a separate remote on hand for TV volume and power, even as those controls become table stakes on other streaming players.

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Because of those deficiencies, the Fire TV has regressed from its position as the best streaming device for most people. Instead, it’s only worthwhile for those who’ve invested heavily in the Amazon ecosystem.

Out with the box, in with the “pendant”

Although the new Fire TV inherits the name from Amazon’s now-discontinued set-top box, it hews a bit closer to the entry-level Fire TV Stick in design and performance. Instead of sitting on a TV stand, the new Fire TV is a pendant that hangs behind the TV on a short built-in HDMI cable. And like the Fire TV Stick, there are no ports for full-sized USB, microSD, or ethernet; if you want wired connectivity, you’ll need to buy Amazon’s $15 adapter.

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This article and images were originally posted on [TechHive] October 24, 2017 at 09:06AM

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