So 4K has been all the rage in the industry
for a long time now, and now Amazon Fire Stick has a 4K 10 bit HDR capable version. So it is kind of self-explanatory, It’s
a firestick, and it plays 4K. But there’s more to it, as it is the fastest
performing firestick, and it comes with voice remote with Alexa integration. So we are going to see how it performs, how
versatile it is, and whether it is worth buying for your 4K display. Hey guys, I am Siddharth, and this is Fire
Stick 4K review. In the box, you get an HDMI extension, so
it can fit at back of your TV in case it doesn’t have enough space. Then you have the power adapter, triple A
batteries from Amazon basics, you have the voice remote, and finally, the fire stick
itself. The firestick is actually not shaped like
a stick. It’s a rectangular block with an HDMI port
on one side, and a microUSB port on one side for power. You might be tempted to power this with your
TVs USB port, but the power adapter supplies 1 ampere of current, which I really don’t
think you’ll find in your TVs USB port, so you will have to use the power adapter
supplied, and have a wire hanging from the stick. Installation to my TV required the use of
Extension cable provided, and I’d have preferred them also supplying a female to female HDMI
adapter. The Alexa voice remote that comes with the
firestick is really nice, it feels really premium in hand, the buttons are very tactile,
and it’s designed very well. It has a raised direction pad ring, which
is very easy to feel, and its glossy finish also makes this look very classy. The remote also has extra buttons for skipping
forward or backwards, and for playing and pausing. They are very useful, and they also help in
navigating through the interface as they work as shortcut buttons. The remote pairs with your TV, so the power
and volume button on the firestick actually control the volume and power on your TV. This is really great as you can basically
operate everything using just the firestick remote, but this also means that it cannot
control volume of Bluetooth devices that are connected to firestick. The setup is pretty easy, just plug it in
to your HDMI port with power, and switch your TVs input. It’ll connect to your WiFi and download
updates if it needs to. Then you have to log in with your Amazon account,
and you get to see a very nice intro video. The interface of firestick is surprisingly
great, it is very fluid, and the UI makes a lot of sense. Amazon Prime Video takes up most of the homescreen,
but you can go to app sections in one of the tabs. Still, on the homescreen, the apps and video
content are mixed up, which is something I am not a fan of, but you can access the app
drawer by holding the home button, and then selecting the apps icon. And you also have a shortcut to the settings
menu here. The settings menu is pretty good, it’s simple
and fast navigating through it, and it also has some advanced features without complicating
the menu system. You can attach Bluetooth devices like keyboards
and speakers, and I would strongly recommend that you use a Bluetooth keyboard if you don’t
want to feel like killing yourself while entering text. I was hoping that you would be able to type
using voice, but that isn’t possible with Alexa, which sucks, you can only give it the
commands it understands, otherwise, it’ll just search for whatever it doesn’t recognize
as a command. You can ask it to do the usual Alexa stuff
using the voice remote, including checking weather, news, your Amazon orders, playing
music and movies. I found it to be somewhat limited than Alexa
on Echo speakers, but it can still do much more than what you would want from your TV. If you have an Echo device, you can ask it
to play anything you want on the TV, including music and TV shows, you can also do this with
the remote, but doing it using the smart speaker will make the speaker seem more useful. It’s also the cooler way of doing it, and
you also help Jeff Bezos stay the richest man on planet. Coming to the performance, the firestick has
a MediaTek 8695 quad core CPU running at 1.7 GHz, with 1.5GB of RAM, and 8 GB of on boardstorage. and I never found the interface slowing down, and 8 GB of storage is also okay for this kind of device. But I wish there was more RAM on this device,
as I expect at least 2 GB of RAM from something costing 6000 Rs. Still, I never found it hanging or slowing
down, so I won’t say that it affects the performance. But I don’t think it handles more than 2
or 3 apps at the same time, so they will get killed, and will have to be reloaded. You can browse internet using Silk browser,
which is surprisingly silky and can handle complex web pages, and it also doesn’t require
a mouse to browser websites. Other services like NetFlix and JioCinema
are also available, depending on which area you’re in, and it is also pretty well localized
for different areas. But youTube on firestick is the biggest concern
for most people, including me. While you don’t have the full YouTube app
anymore because Google and Amazon are not very good friends, you can access YouTube
using the silk browser which basically takes you to YouTube.com/leanback, and the experience
is surprisingly great, it really doesn’t feel like you are running it through a browser,
and it feels identical to the full app. And even when you select to play a video on
your phone on the TV, it will open YouTube through silk browser, and it’ll play just
like it gets played on the app. So you really no issues there. But if you’re like me and you prefer using
the actual Android TV app, don’t worry, because you can install Andoird apps on firestick,
including Kodi, YouTube, or the SmartYouTube app for an even better experience. There are multiple ways to install apps, which
you can google, but the simplest way I found was using the Apps2Fire app from play store. You have to enable unknown sources and ADB
on the firestick in developer options. Then you have to note the IP address of firestick
on your network, then use that in the app while it’s connected to the same wifi network,
and install applications from your phone. So being able to install Android apps makes
the firestick very versatile, and I am glad that they went with Android 7.1, instead of
some proprietary software. You can also upload and download files using
the FTP protocol, so if you don’t have any other option, you can play your local video
files on it using MX Player, but wireless transfer is kind of slow, so transferring
bigger files will take a while, and you may not be able to play those big blue ray files
if they are larger than 4-5 GB. It supports all the formats you will likely
encounter, like HEVC and VP9, and also it supports all the audio codecs including Dolby
Atmos. Firestick also supports all video standards,
and is also HDR enabled, supporting HDR10+ and HLG, so you can enjoy HDR content on your
HDR enabled panels. And it also supports Dolby Vision, which isn’t
available with the competition. You can also game on the stick by connecting
a Bluetooth controller, which I consider an insult to gaming in general, but you can play
some simple games, or keep your kids entertained with this poor man’s dark souls, which is
actually harder than Dark Souls, so that is interesting. You cannot cast your phone or computer screen
to Firestick like Miracast or Chromecast enabled devices, which is weird, but I never used
that feature as I always find the video to be very visibly compressed. So in conclusion, I can say that the new FireStick
4K is a really great addition to your 4K TV. It is not the cheapest solution, but it actually
offers great value when you consider that it supports all kinds of audio and video codecs
available, along with newer HDR standards, which makes it future proof, it is also pretty
fast and fluid, and feels better to operate than my Mi TV Box 3. I also really like the interface, and prefer
it over the new Android TV Oreo interface, because it’s simpler while still being functional. Amazon Prime video and music are extremely
cheap in India, and it is not easy to play Amazon prime on other smart TVs and boxes,
and requires some workarounds with mouse which is just too complicated for a comfortable
viewing experience, but firestick also integrates well with other services like Netflix and
even JioCinema, so you have everything covered. Alexa is also very powerful, and can help
with many things outside of the TV. And you can also install apps like other Android
devices which makes it very versatile. The only drawback here is that you cannot
plug in pen drives like Android boxes, so you will have to do some advanced wireless
file transfer if you want to play those pirated episodes of Game of Thrones. So I hope this video was helpful for you in
in deciding whether it’s worth going for the Firestick 4K. You can buy it from my affiliate links in
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NEW Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K In-Depth Review!

11 thoughts on “NEW Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K In-Depth Review!

  • June 25, 2019 at 10:09 am
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    my question is so simple , this is a 4k stick can we play the 4k video content on 1080p tv and also in 720p tv

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  • June 30, 2019 at 7:29 am
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    Hi, I am planning to buy Firestick. I have Sony LCD TV 32 Inch. Whether Firestick will work for Sony TV. Model Number KLV-32CX350. Chennai.

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  • July 3, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    I am confused whether to go in for Apple TV or Amazon Fire Stick TV

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  • July 8, 2019 at 3:20 pm
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    Hi… great info thinking of buying it….
    Also wanted to know can we control external speaker volume connected with TV by 3.5 mm jack or Bluetooth…..my external speaker are manual control with out remote….
    Kindly confirm…. thanks for great video… keep it up….

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  • July 16, 2019 at 4:05 am
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    This is 3600 rn I'm buying

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  • July 17, 2019 at 6:00 am
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    Plz reply.. how to access mobile local storage on amazon fire tv stick

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  • July 19, 2019 at 4:04 pm
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    Bro I am using fire tv stick 4k on my tv 4 55 inch(old version). The mute button on fire tv remote is not working . plz reply

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  • July 20, 2019 at 5:24 pm
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    How to increase sound its not giving that sound which gives my desktop DOLBY DIGITAL sound quality comparing to my desktop DOLBY DIGITAL content it is not giving that sound quality.
    Please reply.
    Should I try Netflix rather than Prime Video?

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  • August 11, 2019 at 2:57 pm
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    Can i manually change the resolution of the streaming video in Amazon prime using fire stick ?? (Just like i can do it in my smartphone)

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  • September 24, 2019 at 2:11 pm
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    Amazon TV stick 4K will work good in HD TV? or should buy non 4K fire stick

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  • September 27, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    Hey bro nice detailed explanation! I have one query that does non 4k fire stick get miracast support with latest os update?

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  • September 29, 2019 at 9:25 am
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    Netflix is free with prime subscription or not ?

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