Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max Review

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max is the newest model in the popular Fire TV Stick family, released on October 7th, 2021. The main difference between this stick and previous generation of the product is that this one supports 4K. However, it remains as compact and affordable as before. In this review, we will discuss the different features and characteristics of this exciting new device. To better understand its functionality, we will start by providing the device specification.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max

Device specification

CPUMediaTek MT8696 Quad-Core 1.8 GHz
GPUIMG PowerVR GE9215 750 MHz
RAM2 GB
WiFiWiFi 5: 802.11 b/g/n/ac
WiFi 6: 802.11 ax
Ethernet10/100 External (sold separately)
Internal storage8GB
External storageNative support via USB OTG
Operation systemFire OS 7 (Android 9)
Architecture32-bit
Video resolution 4K@60fps
HDR typesHDR10, HDR10+, HLG, Dolby Vision
Video decodingH.265 (HEVC), H.264 (AVC), VP9, VP8, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, AV1
Audio decodingStereo, PCM, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos

Setup

Just like setting up any other Fire TV device, setting up the Fire TV Stick 4K is simple and works the same. Plug it into an HDMI port in your TV, connect the Micro USB connector into the stick, plug the USB cable into the AC power adapter, then follow the instructions on your TV to connect the stick to WiFi. After that, you can log in with your Amazon account, and you’re set.

You can easily install Kodi on Fire TV Stick 4K, and it works perfectly on this device. To start watching movies with Kodi, we recommend checking the Surfshark guide on how to watch movies on Kodi.

Performance

With a new quad-core 1.8GHz MT8696 processor and a 750MHz GPU, the Fire TV Stick 4K provides an excellent performance. Also, WiFi 6 was added with support for the faster 802.11 ax standard. It makes the stick more capable than the previous generation. The apps load quickly, and the interface feels responsive. Alexa responds quickly to queries, and you can reliably control the device with the voice remote.

Interface

The main menu is arranged in large rows of apps and media, both personally organized by you and suggested by Amazon, with recently accessed content displayed on the home screen. Many third-party apps and services are available, and the content is aggregated across those third parties and accessible with the search option. The interface is easy to navigate, and even if you didn’t use a Fire TV Stick before, it won’t take you long to master it.

Alexa Voice Remote

Fire TV Stick 4K comes with an Alexa voice assistant. By pressing the blue Alexa button on the remote and speaking into the mic, you activate the voice command. In addition to the Alexa button, the buttons on the remote include power, directional navigation and select, back, home, menu, rewind, play/pause, fast forward, mute, volume control, and TV guide button. The remote also has preset buttons for quick access to popular apps, including Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+, and Hulu. This way, you get all the basic functionality expected from a remote.

Verdict

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max is a big advancement over the previous generation. With 4K, HDR10 and Dolby Vision support, the easy-to-use Alexa voice remote, responsive and quick to load interface and improved performance, it is a good choice for everyone who wants to buy an affordable media streaming device.  Also, if you look for the best model from the Fire TV Stick family, then the 4K Max is the one you want.



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