Portable media and streaming are two of the hottest trends in tech, so it’s no surprise that a device which combines both is a hot topic among tech enthusiasts. Amazon’s new Fire Stick is now on the market for $40 including a remote control.
This model has a special button which activates Amazon’s voice-controlled assistant. Alexa, as the personal assistant is called, was available via a separate remote for $30. This function allows users to browse media by genre using phrases like “find horror” or “find romantic comedy.”
Alexa can also process basic media player commands such as “rewind thirty seconds” or “pause.” This type of innovation is very popular as it is used in a variety of media devices including tablets and gaming consoles.
An article by Business Insider notes that this model provides a greater degree of simplicity – and thus value. The new device is compact and can plug into a standard HDMI port. The hardware, however has been upgraded to a quad-core processor. This doubles the amount of physical cores available from the previous model, allowing for faster performance.
But the intelligent architecture of the device’s inner components is also geared to provide more than just speed. The device is designed to prioritize tasks and optimize performance regardless of a user’s unique need. The device is versatile and can handle a variety of needs from ordering pizza to presenting a list of personalized suggestions upon activation.
Though some innovations have been made, the device still has limitations. While many devices that are designed for streaming have upped their game to 1440p or even 4k, the new Fire Stick still operates at 1080p. Though not quite as impressive as other devices in terms of graphical capabilities, it still manages to mix full HD graphics with both a compact design and intelligent features.
Other aspects of the device have remained the same. Memory capacity remains at a single GB and internal storage remains at 8GB. Given that neither of these specs have as much of an effect on performance of these types of devices as the processor, the choice to keep things the same will help buyers save money rather than buying more than they actually need.
The device manages to combine both affordability and conveniences in a single unit, providing a noted improvement over previous models while still avoiding a high price tag.
The entire device may be more fitting for members of Amazon Prime. The Amazon app store is popular and includes things like Netflix and Hulu. However, these conveniences are available to anyone. Prime members get access to Amazon’s cloud music library as well as to Amazon Instant Video.
This streaming dongle offers a level of quality-for-price that puts it right on par with some of the more advanced models offered by Amazon. The new Fire Stick offers users the chance to get a quality streaming and home control device without breaking the bank or taking up too much space.
The dongle has a tough market to compete in, standing alongside devices like Roku Streaming Stick and Google’s Chromecast.