Amazon Fire TV 4K review
Amazon products have been selling exponentially for the obvious reasons that include advanced cutting edge technology, enhanced ergonomic features, longevity, convenience and affordability. However, even the Kindle and Fire tablets could not outsell Amazon Fire TV 4K. It is definitely the fastest selling device or product of all time on Amazon. When compared in performance, only the Ultra HD (second generation) version can beat 4K. It is also only matched by Nvidia Shield’s Android TV in terms of output, although the Android TV comes at the expense of double the price. Nonetheless, there is much hype about the product so here is a detailed Amazon Fire TV 4K review describing its features, benefits and concerns.
Features and specifications review
As typical of any Fire TV the 4K comes with a set of trademark features as well as new enhancements. In order to effectively assess what you will get in this set, it is important to look at the specific areas/features as follows;
• Design – There is minimal difference between this device and preceding model in their design. It is still a flat mattle black TV box the size of a mug coaster. It’s less aesthetic color and design immediately tells you it was meant to be hidden behind the main display. At the rear side are the ports (HDCP 2.2 and HDMI 1.4 capable), an Ethernet socket and slots for USB and SD cards for memory expansion.
• The Amazon Fire TV-11 – This is an easy setup TV box to set up and does not require any technical knowledge to achieve success in connection. It also has two dual-band antennas (802.11ac) with inbuilt Wi-Fi. This gives it the bandwidth potential to stream 4K videos even when you have no LAN. Nonetheless, it is still advisable to have wired internet connection when streaming 4K videos, especially if you do not have a super powerful router. If that option is not available, simply bar down some bitrates at the start of streaming when it is catching and you will still be able to maintain desirable quality.
• Minimum requirements – Every TV box comes with a set of minimum requirements for successful connectivity. Amazon will recommend a minimum of 15Mbps to stream 4K videos and this can go up if your family has more devices frequently in use connecting to the internet. However, you can do with less if your plan is to stream HD videos only. HDCP 2.2 capable port is another minimum requirement for the Amazon Fire TV 4K. Most TV sets produced in the initial waves (about 20-24 months ago) lack the HDCP 2.2 port. You should read through manufacturer’s guidelines if you are considering an upgrade of your TV set. Nonetheless, you will only miss the 4K video playback if the set does not have a HDCP 2.2 HDMI port.
• Processor and performance – When after connection everything turns out well, then the 4K TVs are really a joy to have and stream movies. It uses the new MediaTek (quad-core) processor that runs two cores; one pair at 2GHz and the other at 1.6GHz. Its memory specs are 2GB RAM and 8GB hard disk on a powerful VR GX6250 600MHz graphics chip. You can always expand the 8GB using USB and SD ports found at the rear of the box. This in addition to enhanced resolution of 30fps gives you perfect quality. The only concern is when gamming or streaming high frame-rate videos. Nonetheless, the chip is quite powerful (offering better interface than Xbox and PlayStation). It is easier to use services from Netflix and BBC iPlayer without experiencing any disruptions.
• Support for apps, games and Netflix –Any Amazon Fire TV 4K review will tell you it is one of the few sets that offers both Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video. Although you can only subscribe to Netflix once you are subscribed to Amazon Prime Instant Video (due to the setup), it still offers you the variety when you do. Moreover, you can access dozens of downloadable apps and games from the newly included ITV Player, TV Player, plus Demand 5, Flixster and Plex among many others. Netflix is available on the user interface as an app. Most remaining third party apps you can download are games and while Amazon hyped anticipation over the gaming powers of the TV box on release, only a couple of games (like GTA, Crossy Roads and Vice City) have been interesting thus far.
• Amazon Prime – Like the preceding models, Amazon Fire 4K requires users to have the Prime account or subscribe to Amazon Prime Instant Video services. While direct purchases from the box are possible, it will be expensive in the long run. The simple menu design makes it easy to scroll through shows and movies that you can stream. There is sufficient content to compete any top TV streaming solution available in the market.
There are many other minor features you will enjoy in this TV box. However, it does come with a few areas of concern. The Amazon Fire TV 4K is not anywhere near being cheap. Its 39 movies only make the matter worse considering you have to spend an average of L20.00 for every extra movie you purchase. Even subscribers to the Amazon Prime services will feel the weight on their budget. Here are some of the pros and cons in brief;
– High quality 1080p movies from the Amazon X-ray tube and IDMB channel
– Amazing functionality inclusive of the powerful voice search feature
– Streams Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video movies
– Streams authorized HD content and plenty of movies
– Has low requirements
– Is significantly expensive
– Unsuitable for TV sets without HDCP 2.2 ports
– Netflix subscribers must first subscribe to Amazon Prime Instant Video
When looking for a TV box, variety, convenience, longevity, seamless connectivity and high quality are the top attributes to ensure. Apparently, the Amazon Fire 4K TV guarantees all these areas. It is perfect for anyone looking for a top-class TV set that has minimum requirements and streams 4K videos. You may need LAN connectivity to enjoy the full potential of the set but this is no huge constraint as Wi-Fi capability is still available. It is always advisable to purchase from credible licensed businesses that are allowed to offer original genuine quality within the area.