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Amazon Fire TV (1st gen. 2014)

Amazon Fire TV (1st gen. 2014)
alaScore 96

6478 reviews

Aug, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6478 reviews of Amazon Fire TV (1st gen. 2014). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Opinions about the size and design are overall positive. The price and usability also get good opinions, but there are some critical reviews about the reliability.

usability, price, design, size

reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Amazon Fire TV (1st gen. 2014) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

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Expert review by : {'type': 'http://schema.org/Person', 'properties': (trustedreviews.com)

Amazon Fire TV

 

Amazon Fire TV review: this upgraded flagship streamer with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote is great, but you'll still need Prime to make the most of it.

Snappy operation ; Stable connection ; 4K and HDR ; Slim and sleek design ; Simple UI

Amazon content takes priority ; No Now TV ; Must use bundled AC adapter

Amazon’s little black box of wonder is back and better than ever.

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Terrence O'Brien (engadget.com)

Amazon Fire TV review: the set-top that tries to do everything

 

Here's the thing about Amazon: We can't figure the company out half the time. Few things embody that quite as well as the Fire TV. The company is adamant

Fast performance ; Impressive list of apps, even at launch ; Voice search is convenient, fast and accurate

Voice search doesn't work within apps ; Onscreen keyboard is offensively bad ; Inconsistent gaming experience ; Carousel UI doesn't work as well on Fire TV as it does on tablets ; Many apps and games are buggy ports from other platforms

The Fire TV should be impressive -- it's faster and better equipped than most of the other media streamers out there, and does it all at a decent price. Right now though, features like gaming, voice search and ASAP are barely helping it keep pace with...

Apr, 2014

Expert review by : Dan Grabham (t3.com)

Amazon Fire TV review: simply unbeatable value for 4K HDR and Dolby Atmos support

 

Alongside the Chromecast Ultra, it's great value for 4K HDR support - but you'll probably need Amazon Prime

Plenty of content ; So well priced ; Alexa works very well

You really need to have Prime

Nov, 2017

Expert review by (whathifi.com)

Amazon Fire TV vs Apple TV review

 

Amazon and Apple's streaming boxes battle it out for a space under your TV...

Amazon wins on picture and sound ; Apple has better voice search ; Amazon has more apps and UHD video ; Amazon features USB and MicroSD

Apple TV more expensive ; Typing is a chore on Apple

For ease of use, higher speed, lower price and the wealth of content - not to mention UHD video - this is an easy win for the Amazon Fire TV

Mar, 2016

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

Amazon Fire TV review

 

A great streaming media player, but Amazon is a little heavy-handed

Speedy operation Voice search Good performance and build quality

Voice search is not universal Amazon features strongly prioritised No bundled HDMI cable No USB playback

The Amazon Fire TV is mostly a success, but there’s still work to do. We love the speed and the voice search function, which genuinely makes operation a lot easier. What we don’t like is the price and app offering. For the money, we’d like more apps....

Dec, 2014

Expert review by : Dan Seifert (theverge.com)

Amazon Fire TV review

 

My name is Dan Seifert and I'm addicted to cable TV. Last fall, I tried to break that addiction. I became one of the growing number of Americans to cancel their cable TV service. I went from a...

Speedy performance ; Voice search that works ; Fun games that aren't a gimmick

Voice search is limited ; Missing key apps like HBO Go ; No live TV options

The Fire TV is the best media streaming box you can get, but it's not much more than that

Apr, 2014

Expert review by : Matthew Moskovciak (cnet.com)

Amazon Fire TV review

 

Like the Kindle and the Kindle Fire , the newly announced Amazon Fire TV ($99) streaming media box is primarily designed to get you consuming Amazon's digital media.

The Amazon Fire TV is best way to watch Amazon Instant movies and TV yet, and Prime subscribers can stream thousands of titles for no additional charge. Voice-search feature is cool and works well. The interface is zippy, and Amazon content streams...

The user interface strongly favors Amazon Instant content over other services, and the voice-search feature doesn't comb through Netflix or most other non-Amazon apps. Some major apps are missing, including HBO Go and Spotify. The $99 price feels...

The Fire TV streaming-media box is an impressive living room debut for Amazon, with standout features like voice search, gaming, and superfast video streaming, but it falls short of being an elite streamer -- at least for now.

Apr, 2014

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Will Greenwald (pcmag.com)

Amazon Fire TV (2014)

 

Amazon's $100 media hub offers an excellent combination of power and flexibility with an accessible, impressively smooth menu system.

Very responsive. Elegant design and interface. Lots of content and apps available. Voice search is functional. Flexible port array.

Highly curated Amazon interface limits out-of-the-box Android flexibility. Game performance isn't spectacular.

The content menus are focused heavily around Amazon's own media libraries. The Movies and TV sections are populated entirely by videos available through Amazon Instant Video, and the Music section simply accesses Amazon Prime Music. You can still...

Apr, 2014

Expert review by (t3.com)

Amazon Fire TV review

 

The Amazon Fire TV aims to incinerate cable TV

Fast ; functional voice search ; Zippy operation and streaming ; Good games

Average video streaming qualit ; Sloppy library navigation ; No ‘must have’ video content

hcc best buy

Expert review by : Steve May (homecinemachoice.com)

Amazon Fire TV review

 

Faster than an Apple TV and thinner than a Roku, Amazon's Fire TV streaming player is a little box with big appeal. It's so good in fact, that it might make Prime Instant Video subscribers out of all of us.

Fast, attractive user interface; excellent voice search; high-quality video streaming (broadband permitting); deep integration with other Amazon music and photo services

Limited catch-up; media streaming functionality dependent upon apps

Jan, 2015

Product Specifications

Design

Colour of product:Black

Hard drive

Built-In Hard Drive: No

Memory

Flash memory:2048
Internal Memory:2048 / 8192
Internal memory type:LPDDR2

Networking

Bluetooth: Yes
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi: Yes

Other features

Full HD: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Packaging Content

Handheld remote control: Yes

Performance

Frame rate:60

Ports & interfaces

Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Digital Audio Optical Out:1
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100
HDCP: Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI Version:1.4
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Processor

Built-in processor: Yes
Processor frequency:1.7
Processor Manufacturer:QUALCOMM
Processor Model:KRAIT 300

Software

Audio formats supported:HE-A, AAC, AC3, EAC3, MP3, PCM
Image formats supported:JPG, PNG
Video formats supported:MPEG4-SP, H.263, H.264, VC-1

Storage

Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Maximum memory card size:128
Storage media type: No

Technical Details

Colour of product:Black
Handheld remote control: Yes

Video

Full HD: Yes
Personal Video Recorder (PVR) included: No
Supported video modes:1080p
Video Resolutions:1920 x 1080

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.5
Height :1.75
Weight:281
Width:11.5