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Amazon FireTV Review

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Amazon FireTV Review
Amazon has put together an impressive package with FireTV, offering specs to rival last year’s hero phones and positively dwarfing the competition in the streaming market. The voice search is unique and works well and the FireTV’s gaming capabilities further set it apart from the competition. Amazon has lined up most of the content partners you could want, and of course they offer a rather impressive catalog themselves. At $99 the FireTV is priced to compete with the Roku 3 and Apple TV, but is twice the price of Roku’s Streaming Stick and nearly three times the price of Google’s Chromecast.

We have no issues recommending the FireTV, but the question really is does the FireTV make sense for you? For those who already have a streaming box we just can’t think of a compelling reason to add a FireTV to your lineup unless you really want the gaming capabilities, and remember you’re paying a $40 extra for the gaming pad. For those looking to purchase their first streaming box Amazon makes a compelling argument, especially if you’re a Prime member, but the Roku Streaming Stick offers Prime video access and all the other content for half the price. What it comes down to is that neither the FireTV nor any of its competitors offer a killer feature right now to truly set them apart. Amazon hopes that impressive hardware, some neat software tricks and gaming capabilities will make the FireTV your choice, but at the end of the day we can’t say the argument is compelling enough to make it a clear cut winner.


  • Impressive hardware specs lead to a lag-free experience
  • Voice search works as advertised
  • Gaming with the FireTV goes beyond what anyone else can offer


  • Limited internal storage
  • Gaming controller is an extra $40 on a device is already at the top of the price range
  • No killer feature to make it a must have
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