Amazon has recently revamped its Fire TV catalog by presenting the brand new Fire TV Stick 4K Max. This is an important upgrade over the previous generation that brings with it greater speed and full support for WiFi 6 networks.
The newcomer from Amazon wants to outperform all the other set-top boxes on the market and to do so it can count on two fundamental elements: a more powerful processor and full support for 802.11ax WiFi. The previous generation, however, it is not removed from the price list and remains on sale for users who do not need all these improvements or who cannot take full advantage of the new WiFi standard, perhaps because they do not have a high-performance connection.
The new processor is 40% faster
The beating heart of the new Fire TV Stick 4K Max is the new quad-core processor with 1.8 GHz CPU (MT 8696) and 750 MHz IMG GE8300 GPU. This performance upgrade allows apps to start faster and offers greater fluidity in the navigation and in the search of the contents to be reproduced. The memory is 2GB while the storage space is 8GB. In addition, free cloud storage is available for all content purchased on Amazon.
During daily use we could appreciate the reactivity in the search with Alexa and in the navigation among the present applications. Pages load lightning fast, and even starting media playback is more snappy than ever before.
Audio and video quality: Fire TV Stick 4K Max at the top of the range
In terms of quality, there are no differences with the previous model: vivid and realistic colors with Dolby Vision, HDR 10, HDR10+ and the enveloping audio Dolby Atmos. The resolution goes up to 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels) 60fps and offers everything you need to watch the content featured on Netflix, Disney+ e Prime Video to the best. Used on a Full HD TV, this Fire TV Stick 4K Max will support the resolution appropriate to the TV without any problems but, probably, in this scenario it would be more useful to consider a Fire TV Stick Lite or a Fire TV Stick.
We did not notice any problems when playing content, of any type, and we can say that the quality remains at the top as for the previous model. What surprised us is the support for Picture-in-Picture, to be able to watch live images from surveillance cameras without interrupting TV viewing. Furthermore, with a view to HUB Smart for the smart home, it is possible to ask Alexa for the weather forecast or order her to dim the lights, close the curtains and interact with any smart device in the house.
Plus, soon, it will be possible to connect Fire TV 4K Max to compatible Echo devices wirelessly, for immersive sound, in the style of Home Theater.
WiFi 6: Did someone say speed?
This is the most important novelty of the new Fire TV Stick 4K Max. This is a shareable choice because the better the network performance, the better the quality of the multimedia streaming. And if for most users the WiFi 6 it is still a mirage, given the performances of the current fixed networks, for some this could be a big “pro”. And then, by doing so, this product is future-proof and will certainly be appreciated over time.
Of course, to use Wi-Fi 6, you need a Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) compatible router. In any case, the Fire TV Stick 4K Max is also compatible with previous WiFi routers.
Alexa voice remote control with TV controls: everything under control!
Thanks to the Amazon Fire TV Stick, you can watch content on countless applications, including Apple TV. The Alexa voice remote simplifies the search for content and improves interaction with the product and with the television. In fact, thanks to the integrated TV controls it is possible to turn on, off and control the volume of compatible TVs, sound bars and receivers. Setup is very quick and offers support for a countless range of televisions.
In addition, the remote control offers four shortcut buttons to open the main applications dedicated to multimedia streaming in a few moments: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney + and Amazon Music.
Conclusion: is it worth spending € 64.99?
For most users, upgrading to WiFi 6 is unnecessary nowadays but the more powerful processor could be downright eye-catching. The advanced remote control is not exclusive to the Fire TV Stick 4K Max but is also available on the Fire TV Stick and on the Fire TV Stick 4K so it is not decisive in the choice.
The real consideration is another. If you have a 4K TV and want to get the most in terms of video quality, the choice falls on Fire TV Stick 4K or Fire TV Stick 4K Max. The price difference, however, is really minimal (just over 6 €) so we would recommend purchasing the new Fire TV Stick 4K Max which will certainly guarantee more years of use.
In conclusion, Amazon’s lineup is expanding so here is a summary of all the models offered to the public, in order of price:
Are you still undecided on what to buy? Here is our comparison with the new Apple TV 4K HDR, presented a few months ago by Apple.
Unmissable from all points of view. If you are looking for a long-term solution, ready for the connections of the future, and with a lot of power at your disposal, this Fire TV Stick 4K Max is the right choice. It costs a little more than the standard 4K model and aims to be the fastest around.
Source: iPhone Italia by www.iphoneitalia.com.
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