Chances are, you’ve most likely heard some of the recent buzz about Amazon’s latest hands-free streaming device, the Amazon Fire TV Cube. Essentially, it’s a video streaming gadget that combines Amazon Alexa’s voice assistant and the Amazon Fire Stick, resulting in a seamless streaming and voice command experience.
But what exactly sets this device apart from all the rest? Is it worth adding to your growing collection of smart home technology, or should you skip out on this one? We’ll answer all your burning questions in this in-depth device review to help you decide if you should snag an Amazon Fire TV Cube or take a pass.
What is it?
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For starters, let’s get down to brass tacks - what’s so special about this device? What makes this gadget unique is its ability to incorporate Amazon’s voice assistant, Amazon Alexa, while you watch your favorite movies and shows, plus much more.
You can use Alexa with your Fire TV Cube to control your A/V receiver, sound bars, change the channel, volume, etc. - all from across the room. You can also use additional Alexa features, such as having Alexa tell you the daily forecast or adjust your other connected smart devices, even while the TV is off.
Additionally, as with other similar streaming devices, you can sync it up to tons of streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video and more, as well as numerous cable channels.
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Let’s start with the cost alone. The Fire TV Cube is priced at $120 (although it’s currently on sale for just $90). An Apple TV, in comparison, costs $149, and you can’t sync it to as many smart devices throughout your house. Thus, the obvious benefit is the affordable cost, considering what you get for your money.
Other great features? You can use the Fire TV Cube to stream cable TV channels like NBC, HGTV, ESPN and more with 4K HDR capabilities, or to turn the TV on and off with your voice when you can’t find the remote or your hands are tied. It’s also pretty handy that you can ask Alexa questions while you watch TV.
For example, let’s say you’re watching a movie and you just can’t seem to place a certain actress, song or director. The Fire Cube TV will pause your programming and displays the answer to your question right on the TV, then get right back to the movie once you’ve gotten your answer. How cool is that?
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While there are many great aspects of the Fire Cube TV, it also has its drawbacks. First of all, there are a few features it’s missing that might cause frustration - there’s no button for volume, muting, or turning the TV on or off with the remote included.
You can theoretically control the volume with your voice, although this feature is currently quite slow and not very dependable. Furthermore, despite the numerous plugs and adapters provided in the box, it doesn’t come equipped with an HDMI cord, so you’ll have to purchase one separately.
Another common frustration some users have found, contrary to what it claims to do, is that it’s not always the most capable of performing more intuitive tasks, such as resuming exactly where you left off in your programming. It’s also unable to control your other devices, like your cable box or gaming console, so you’ll have to use the standard remote for those.
Bottom line: is it worth purchasing?
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At the end of the day, whether or not this device will be worthwhile for you really depends on your priorities. If you’re seeking a more affordable, hands-free streaming device that’s compatible with your other smart devices, the Fire TV Cube could be a great option for you.
On the other hand, if you already have other video streaming devices like a Google Chromecast or Apple TV, or you don’t see the need for using voice command while you watch TV (after all, you’re perfectly capable of pressing pause on the remote yourself), you might want to forego this device.
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