7NEWS reviews Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K Max. Amazon provided us with a loaner device for testing, however, this did not affect our opinion of the product.
Our reviews are always independent of the manufacturer, and the first time they’ll see the review is when you’re reading it.
Read on to find out what we think.
How can I get it and how much will it cost?
The new Fire TV Stick 4K Max is available directly from Amazon for $ 99.
There is also currently a bundle where you can save money when purchasing two Fire Stick TV devices. Just use the code FIRETV30 when you checkout.
Who is it good for?
There are currently two very powerful streaming media players in Australia. Google’s latest Chromecast with Google TV and Amazon’s line of Fire TV sticks.
Therefore, your choice is probably already made by all the other devices you have in your house, and if you already have speakers or smart devices from Amazon – or Google’s Nest line of products.
You can’t go wrong with either and if you need something that can easily plug into your TV to start streaming from your favorite platforms, the Fire TV Stick 4K Max is a great one. excellent choice.
Additionally, Fire TV Stick 4K Max is more scalable than Google’s offering with the latest Wi-Fi 6 standard supported. If you already have a modem or router that supports Wi-Fi 6, or if you want to upgrade, you should probably go with what Amazon has to offer.
How it works?
Installation couldn’t be easier. Plug the Fire TV Stick into an available HDMI port on the back of your TV and follow the on-screen instructions. Amazon also includes additional hardware that Google doesn’t offer, like an HDMI adapter – in case your TV doesn’t work well with where you need to plug in the Fire TV Stick.
Comparing these two devices, I also found that Amazon’s remote was a bit nicer to use – a more solid build quality. There is also a small LED to display when an input has been detected on the remote. It’s those little touches that put Fire TV Stick at the top of the list ahead of Chromecast with Google TV.
Most of your favorite apps are also here. Fire TV Stick works on Android, similar to what Google provides, but this is the version of Android heavily flayed by Amazon, so there are a few differences.
The main dashboard is a bit easier to navigate, and your line of downloaded apps is displayed at the very top. However, the recommendations on this screen are also very heavy on Amazon with suggestions of things to watch from Amazon Prime or listen to on Amazon Music. That’s a lot, especially if you haven’t signed up for any service.
As mentioned, most of the apps you’d expect are available for download, such as Netflix, Disney +, 7plus (operated by the owner of this post), Stan, and the latest streaming service, Paramount + – but Foxtel’s Binge is missing and can’t not be downloaded. This can be a dealbreaker for you.
Apart from available streaming services, Fire TV Stick 4K Max comes with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support. If you already have a sound bar or a home entertainment system, it will make great use of your setup.
Finally, as an Amazon device, you get full Alexa integration, giving you better control over other smart devices in your home. Fire TV Stick 4K Max supports “picture in picture live” where you can check all the security cameras in your home without interrupting what you are watching.
Another advantage is the hands-free control. Using other Alexa-enabled devices in your home, you can just tell the Fire TV Stick to play something on Netflix or even pause and go back.
What we think
Amazon’s Fire TV Stick lineup is solid and the 4K Max model builds on that – creating a compelling option when considering a streaming media player.
There’s not much to dislike – however, if you’re a Binge subscriber or already have a few Google smart devices in your house, you may need to watch Chromecast with Google TV instead.
But if that doesn’t worry you, or if your home is full of Echo devices and other Alexa-enabled gadgets, you can’t go wrong with the Fire TV Stick 4K Max.