The Fire TV Stick 4K is my favorite streaming device of 2022

I’m a fan of everything “smart home”. That’s clear to anyone who’s ever set foot in my apartment — the entire place is wired through Alexa. With that in mind, I don’t like unnecessary gadgets in my bedroom, but I don’t like yelling loud enough for the Echo Show in my kitchen to hear me when I want to turn off the lights in my bedroom. Enter the Fire TV Stick 4K. This handy little device lets me ask Alexa to place my bids using the remote control instead of raising my voice. It also has the added benefit of not having a built-in speaker, so the remote doesn’t wake me up with announcements or package delivery like an Echo Dot might.

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Amazon FireTV Stick 4K

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Access over 1 million movies and TV shows with this intuitive, easy-to-use device. That simplicity starts with hassle-free installation and setup. No wonder the Fire TV Stick 4K is my new favorite device this year.

$35 at Amazon

I picked up this handy little streaming stick as an afterthought. I wanted to test streaming video games through Amazon Luna, and the easiest way was through a Fire TV Stick. Having already owned a Roku, I wasn’t expecting much use for a stick. Turns out I was wrong. It has become one of my favorite purchases this year. The best news? At the moment it is only $35 at Amazon.

Fire TV Stick 4K features and performance

Right off the bat, the key feature of the Fire TV Stick 4K is Alexa integration. At the very top of the remote is a blue button that, when pressed, activates a listening function in the remote itself. Outside of that is the Fire TV Stick 4K makes it super easy to access all my favorite streaming services. Of course, Prime Video is the service with the most features on the device (I mean, who would have thought?). Good thing one of my favorite shows — psych – is on Prime TV. Of course, Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max and all major streaming services are also available. In fact, the only app I can’t find on Fire TV is Peacock.

It’s not just streaming content, however. Any old streaming device can do that. The Fire TV Stick 4K offers support for Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision and HDR10+, practically guaranteeing a viewing experience almost on par with a trip to the local IMAX (assuming you have a TV capable of displaying those specs).

The inclusion of Alexa also offers a variety of other benefits. I can search for a show just by asking them to play it, and I can also throw my security camera feed on screen, check the weather, and more. Have you ever heard the doorbell ring while you are still in bed? You can just ask Alexa to show who’s at the door! Trust me it’s great. It beats Roku in that regard, and installation is just as easy.

My favorite device is one that doesn’t make me think about it, and I’ve never had to worry about it Fire TV Stick 4K beyond a few basic updates. Most of these are done automatically anyway – I’m just a proponent of getting things done the way I expect them to. In other words, this streaming device is plug-and-play, install-it-and-forget-it.

Amazon Fire TV 4K Stick

The Fire TV 4K is the smart and “smart” choice for (almost) all your streaming needs. (Photo: Amazon)

Difficulties with Fire TV Stick 4K

Okay, I may have stretched the truth a small. There is one major drawback: the remote control does not have a backlight. The design is simple enough to use (and you can even use an Echo Dot or similar device to control your Fire TV if you can’t find the remote), but I’d even recommend low-lighting for nighttime use prefer. There are four buttons at the bottom of the remote that quickly load Prime Video, Netflix, Disney Plus, and Hulu without having to navigate menus, but I find I accidentally press these sometimes.

The other problem with the Fire TV Stick 4K It’s not really the device, it’s the app. (Look at you, HBO Max!) I, like thousands of others, leave the TV on for background noise, and most of the time it just plays friends over and over. For some reason HBO Max sometimes loses video while audio keeps playing. The screen goes dark or the Fire TV gives an error message, but I can still hear the episode in the background.

So far I haven’t found a real solution for this. A quick Google search shows I’m far from the only user encountering this error, but the suggested fixes (updating the system OS, removing and reinstalling the app, etc.) seem to have had no result. Luckily, I can bypass the problem by just going to the home screen and continuing to play. No big deal. If it really freezes, my surefire solution is to unplug the stick and plug it back into the HDMI slot.

One final note: I mentioned that I picked this up to test game streaming. Despite being a certified device compatible with Amazon Luna, I found the experience less than satisfactory. I suspect most of that is down to Luna itself rather than the Fire TV Stick. Wi-Fi doesn’t drop or have any issues maintaining a connection, and most of the lag comes from the games themselves. Just keep in mind that Amazon Luna isn’t a replacement for a gaming console.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K: Should You Buy It?

I love the Fire TV Stick 4K, but that’s because I’m a near-perfect use case for this device. My smart home is completely controlled by Alexa, I do most of my shopping through Amazon and I’m a Prime subscriber. If I didn’t fit so well in this box, there isn’t ton beneficial to use this over Roku or Apple TV. In fact, I think the Apple TV actually has a better user interface.

But like I said, if you’re an Amazon user, the Fire TV Stick is a great addition. The smart home’s ease of control, simple yet nifty remote control, and just quality streaming and viewing options make it a great choice.

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Amazon FireTV Stick 4K

$35$50Save $15

Access over 1 million movies and TV shows with this intuitive, easy-to-use device. That simplicity starts with hassle-free installation and setup. No wonder the Fire TV Stick 4K is my new favorite device this year.

$35 at Amazon

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