Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Streaming Media Player

Last updated: July 29, 2023

The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Streaming Media Player provides great value. The Fire TV Stick 4K is one of the smallest streaming devices, allowing it to stay out of sight behind your TV.  It still comes with a 4K streaming ability and couldn't be easier to use. Simply plug it in and turn it on. Pick up the remote, and you're immediately scrolling through all the streaming channels that Amazon has to offer.

We looked at the top Android Streaming Devices and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Android Streaming Device you should buy.

Product Details

In our analysis of 57 expert reviews, the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Streaming Media Player placed 5th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The most powerful 4K streaming media stick with a Wi-Fi antenna design optimized for 4K Ultra HD streaming. Launch and control content with the Alexa Voice Remote. Watch favorites from Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, STARZ, SHOWTIME, or CBS All Access, plus stream for free with Pluto TV, IMDb Freedive, and others. Enjoy brilliant picture with access to 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR, and HDR10+. Experience immersive sound with Dolby Atmos on select Prime Video titles. Choose from 500,000 movies and TV episodes. Watch favorites from Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, STARZ, SHOWTIME, CBS All Access, and others. Fire TV Stick devices have more storage for apps and games than any other streaming media stick. Experience tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills, plus millions of websites like YouTube, Facebook, and Reddit. Alexa on Fire TV provides the most comprehensive voice experience of any streaming media player—view live camera feeds, check the weather, dim the lights, and stream music. Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV episodes, plus ad-free listening to millions of songs with Prime Music.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

Incredibly easy to set up and use. Works perfectly with Amazon Prime,Netflix,Hulu,HBO and Pandora.
The Fire TV Stick is something that offers smooth videos without any buffering. It is an efficient and good quality gadget that makes your television smart. Due to the dual-core processor, the device works fast.
The voice commands work extremely well for this version. It is very easy to use. You just have to press a button on the remote, hold it and speak.
The Amazon Fire TV Stick features a dual-core Broadcom processor, a VideoCore4 graphics, and a 1 GB RAM. All in all, the performance of this best streaming device is rather high. The same goes for its stability and operating speed.
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K has all the apps you need, supports all current HDR formats and throws in Dolby Atmos. That’s an astonishingly good deal, particularly when you factor in the all-round quality of the performance and excellent user-friendliness.
Broad HDR format support, plus HDR menus and SDR-to-HDR conversion.
The whole process was extremely simple, with the option to link your new account to an existing social media account like Facebook – although the experience will vary between different apps, it’s encouraging that we didn’t run into any issues while setting up accounts with the platforms we don’t already subscribe to.
Remote can now power TV on/off, control volume, and change channels on some cable boxes.
When watching Ultra-HD content, the device will only stream at the highest resolution if the Internet connection is faster than 15Mbps. If your speed drops, the Fire TV Stick 4K will automatically switch to a lower resolution to ensure a buffer-free stream, which significantly enhanced the viewing experience thanks to the lack of interruptions caused by buffering.
Alexa remote supports Bluetooth and infrared (IR) control.
Setup is super easy... if you just have a simple entertainment system consisting of a TV and soundbar.
Alexa voice control works well.
Alexa isn’t just useful for quickly searching for video or playing the next episode of a TV show. She has the full repertoire that you’ll find on any Alexa-equipped device but the fact you’ve got a TV screen as well means you can ask her to show the feed from your compatible security camera, doorbell, baby monitor and other devices.
The other big attraction for the new stick is that it comes with the latest version of the Alexa Voice Remote. This combines Bluetooth and IR technology with far field voice recognition so that you can control your TV, with Alexa’s help.
- Stuff
The good news here is most of the content that most people will delve into most often – Sky Now, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime, Netflix – looks and sounds really excellent, regardless of whether you have the most whizz-bang 4K Dolby Vision/Atmos audio-visual setup.
- T3
Remote can now power TV on/off, control volume, and change channels on some cable boxes.
Super easy to set up.
There is noticeable both a crisper picture and more vibrant colors on supported televisions. Scrolling through menus and the interface is speedy with content loading almost instantly thanks to the upgraded 1.7 GHz quad-core processor.

What reviewers didn't like

Not compatible with universal remotes. does not have access to Google Play Movies.
Content search has blind spots.
Limited 4K HDR film selection.
No support for YouTube TV, our favorite live TV streaming service.
UI biased towards Amazon.
Alexa’s abilities in certain apps remain limited
However, at times when we were facing Internet trouble and the stream dropped to below HD, picture quality was unacceptable. At these times, we'd have to wait till the connection picked up, since it became difficult to keep watching a grainy low-resolution stream.
No native YouTube application.
Amazon Prime video content is forcefully prioritized to the exclusion of everything else.
Can’t be powered by some TVs.
It didn’t support 4K. For that, you had to buy the Fire TV set-top box or – if you lived in the US – the Fire TV Cube, a combo of the Fire TV and Amazon Echo.
However, support for non-Amazon apps is still pretty limited.
- Stuff
The usual voice control issues apply here. Sometimes Alexa won't hear you. Sometimes she will hear you, but will serve up the wrong media.
- T3
The selection of 4K, HDR and Dolby Vision TV shows and movies is worse than on Apple TV 4K or Roku.
No access to Google Play Store.
Limited selection of 4K, Dolby Vision, and HDR content.
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