The Amazon Fire TV Stick (3rd Gen) is a full-HD streaming device meant for use with affordable televisions. The hardware gets some useful updates, which Amazon hopes will keep the product line-up relevant in the face of strong competition, particularly the Mi TV Stick and Mi Box 4K.
Like the Mi TV Stick, the Amazon Fire TV Stick (3rd Gen) is a full-HD streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port of a television. An older smart TV that isn’t receiving updates and can’t run modern apps, or even a non-smart TV, the Amazon Fire TV Stick (3rd Gen) will plug into the HDMI port and add up-to-date smart and streaming capabilities to your screen. It’s a good way to get access to full-fledged smarts without having to replace your TV.
Apart from basic controls for the Fire OS interface and content playback, the remote can also be set up to control certain aspects of your TV by sending the specific IR signal that your TV accepts, including power and volume, which is useful as it lets you put the TV’s regular remote away most of the time.
HDR at resolutions lower than 4K doesn’t make much of a difference and isn’t even supported at the hardware level on most non-4K TVs, but it’s an interesting specification to have. If you want to use the device with a 4K HDR TV, the software-level support could make a small difference in improving colour and brightness levels, even if the stream resolution tops out at 1080p.
The remote also has a microphone, and gives you access to Alexa. You can use it pretty much the same way you use Amazon’s voice assistant on its smart speakers. Responses are tailored to your account, and Alexa on the Fire TV Stick can be used to access specific content and apps through voice commands, as well as to control linked smart devices and appliances such as plugs and lights.
The Amazon Fire TV Stick (3rd Gen) is a basic streaming device that suits most streaming purposes, particularly if you have a small-screen television with a resolution up to full-HD (1920x1080 pixels). It offers reliable and easy access to all of the popular streaming apps and services, including Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and Disney+ Hotstar, and does so with a content-first, easy-to-learn user interface that segregates videos by genre, language, and more.