Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K review: The cheapest 4K streamer

Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K is the company’s latest TV streamer and it improves on its non-4K predecessor in a number of ways. As well as supporting Ultra HD (UHD) streams, it’s 80% more powerful and supports HDR, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, along with Dolby Atmos surround sound.

The streamer also comes with the all-new Alexa Voice Remote, which adds volume and power buttons for your TV, in addition to letting you open apps and control video playback with your voice. It’s a seriously capable streaming stick at a highly tempting price of just £50.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K review: What you need to know

The main headline, as you’ve probably guessed by now, is that the Fire TV Stick 4K now has the ability to stream TV and movies in 4K. To support the higher bandwidth required to stream UHD content, the device also has an “entirely new antenna technology” that improves connection stability.

 

In addition to these improvements, there are all the usual features found on any modern streaming stick. Alongside Amazon Prime Video content, the Stick lets you access a selection of apps, including BBC iPlayer, All 4, ITV Hub and Netflix, plus YouTube and, as of 14 December 2020, Now TV. You can also browse the web and stream music via services such as Spotify and Amazon Music, as well as play basic games.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K review: Price and competition

The Fire TV Stick 4K will set you back £50. That’s a £10 price hike on the previous Fire TV Stick (£40), but it still represents excellent value compared to other 4K-capable streamers. For comparison, the Roku Streaming Stick+ currently retails for £80, while the Google Chromecast Ultra costs £69. The Fire TV Stick 4K is significantly cheaper than Apple TV 4K, which costs £179.