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Amazon Fire TV Stick (2020), a classic that continues to work

Amazon has a range of Fire devices with which it tries to meet the needs of a good handful of users by offering connectivity features and an adjusted value for money. For its part, the Amazon Fire TV Stick has been with us for a long time to make our television more “smart”.

Amazon has decided to renew the Fire TV Stick range with a new product that receives some news in this year 2020. We are going to take a look at the cheapest alternative to equip our TV with smart capabilities with its own operating system, take a look at Amazon Fire TV Stick with us.

Materials and design of Amazon Fire TV Stick

In this section, the North American company has not been innovating at all for a few years. The Amazon Fire TV Stick stands out for its compact size and its few “flourishes”, the idea is that it remains completely hidden behind the television or monitor to which we want to connect it, and it does this very well.

Amazon Fire TV Stick black plastic, the only color we can purchase the unit from, and it lacks any LED or informational details

It is made of completely black plastic, the only color we can purchase the unit from, and it lacks any LED or informational details. Simplicity has always been the identifying flag of this type of Amazon Fire products, and this was not going to be the exception.

Dimensions: 86 x 30 x 13 mm
Weight: 32 grams

Very far, for example, from what Google proposes with its new Chromecast with striking colors and rounded designs, precisely the one that will now position itself as the main rival of Amazon’s Fire TV Stick in terms of functionality and even at the price level if we compare it with its older brother, the Fire TV Stick 4K.

We have included in the box the power adapter, the microUSB cable (in case you thought they were extinct) and an HDMI extender that will help us in certain situations, identical content to what we had to date.

Technical characteristics

Amazon’s Fire TV Stick has been a slight improvement in the technical section with respect to its predecessor, and although it is difficult to differentiate them, in this case we are clearly talking about the edition that arrived at the beginning of September 2020 and that since then we analyze.

Amazon has decided to renew the Fire TV Stick range with a new product

To move the operating system and the rest of the technical capabilities, Amazon has opted for a Quad-Core processor at 1.7 GHz (it has grown 0.4 GHz) of which no manufacturer is mentioned, however, for other products of the brand we could boast who have returned to bet on MediaTek. You can buy it from 39.99 euros on Amazon (link).

As for the internal storage, this Fire TV Stick has 8GB in total, designed mainly for applications, since the connection through the microUSB to a PC can be problematic without the necessary knowledge to do so. For its part, we have the IMG GE8300 GPU in charge of offering us content in Full HD 1080p, the maximum resolution supported by it. We have 1GB of RAM.

We have dual antenna WiFi (MIMO) compatible with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks, something that has evolved over time, such as Bluetooth 5.0 for content sharing and BLE for accessories.

We have very diverse video content formats, HDR 10, HDR10 + , HLG, H.265, H.264 and Vp9 as long as our television is fully compatible, of course. Although there is no mention of Dolby Vision, we imagine that due to royalty issues. However, in the sound we do find the brand’s signature, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital + surround sound and audio pass-through through HDMI for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital + and Dolby Atmos.

As for the image, we will have a maximum of 60 FPS for the content both in Full HD and in lower qualities, something to take into account. We are therefore facing the third generation Fire TV Stick.

The command does not change but it is enough

In this case, the command allows us to manage Alexa, the virtual assistant of Jeff Bezos’ company, through voice control. This remote measures 38 x 142 x 16 mm and without batteries it weighs around 43 grams.

To use it we will need two AAA batteries that are easily inserted through the lower system. In addition, these batteries are included in the package, something to keep in mind, since not all brands provide this simple detail.

This remote will work both through Bluetooth and infrared, and one of its advantages is that we will be able to control the TV directly with the remote if we wish, with an exclusive off button for the TV, something that we will appreciate in its most daily use.

As for the voice guidelines, it is more than enough with its microphone located in the upper central part. In this section, the Fire TV Stick control has advanced over time, but it still has buttons that may be excessively hard or of clearly inferior quality when compared to mid-range and higher-end televisions, something that tarnishes the user experience. However, in a Samsung TV we see that we can make it work directly with the official remote.

An accompanying user experience

As always, this Fire TV Stick from Amazon has a layer of customization on top of Android. The system flows and does it well, offering a very good user experience, superior to what we could expect from the controller. But this is something that veterans of the Fire TV Stick range already knew.

It is extremely easy to configure, as always, with a few simple taps and linking our Amazon account, we will be offered the download of the main applications such as Movistar +, Spotify or Netflix, in addition to the pre-installed ones such as Amazon Prime Video. I highly recommend going for an alternative browser like Firefox.

Once inside, all that remains is to enjoy, we can install a multitude of applications and the experience continues to be above the rivals, especially if we take into account the price. In fact, the performance is superior to that offered by most mid-range TVs from Samsung and LG, for example, which makes it an ideal battle partner.

Pros

Compact and minimalist
It moves with extreme fluidity
The price is unbeatable
Great application Candida

Cons

Controller build tarnishes experience
Too much priority to own content in the OS

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