The Fire TV’s 4K HDR content looks stunning when paired with the right TV, making even scenes featuring three old men driving around in Amazon’s The Grand Tour look beautiful. Given the mess that built-in smart TV software can be, the Fire TV is blessed relief.
No longer a set-top box … the new Fire TV. Photograph: Amazon The Amazon Fire TV with 4K HDR is arguably the easiest and best way to play ultra HD content on your TV, condensing what was great about the previous generation into a smaller, cheaper package.
For comparison, the Fire TV stick costs £39.99, the Fire TV stick 4K costs £49.99, the Nvidia Shield costs £149.99 and the Apple TV 4K costs £179. The Amazon Fire TV Cube is an excellent smart TV box, supporting a wide selection of apps and services, video and audio standards and with snappy, lag-free performance.
It’s essentially a voice-controlled Echo Dot mated with a Fire TV smart television box. The top resembles an Echo Dot with the same four-way configuration of buttons for volume, muting the microphones and an action button, plus a series of holes for the eight beam-forming mics.
Once you’ve done all the legwork, however, getting 4K playback on your TV is pretty simple. How to Enable 4K Playback on Amazon Fire TV. To get 4K playback on your second-generation Fire TV, the first thing you’ll do is scroll all the way to the bottom of the main screen and choose the “Settings” option.
Setting up the Fire TV Stick 4K is absolutely seamless, thanks to the simple user interface and responsive remote control. During setup, the Fire TV Stick needs to be plugged into the mains as well as the HDMI port on your TV - all the cables and adaptors you’ll need come in the box.
In another first for Amazon’s Fire TV lineup, the Fire TV Stick 4K Max has received Energy Star certification. Its low power mode has improved to use 15 percent less power than the low power mode on the existing Stick 4K.
The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is the third version of Amazon's popular streaming device. The biggest difference between this stick and the ones that came before it is that this one has been updated to support 4K viewing.