I found the new 4K (HDR) Firestick to function much better than the 2nd Gen Firestick. It downloads app pages much faster.And with the added on/off function of the TV, and controlling my surround system volume/mute, awesome. There are no special settings to get through to use those functions! I was using the Ethernet adapter on the 2nd Gen Stick, but found it useless to use with this Stick. It only caused interference problems and appears to only see WiFi. So I unplugged the adapter and went with just using the WiFi. The interference stopped and now it works great! Now to only get a 4K TV!
I really like this new device as it packs a lot of power at a great price.The new remote control is very handy as well. No more searching for the TV remote to adjust the volume or turn off power. The only thing I expected to have more memory not just 8GB other than that it's a great device I recommend it
If you're new to Fire Sticks or you're wondering what the difference is between the new 4K and the older models, then let me help you! I have both (one for each TV) and while they are both more or less the same thing, the new 4K version is worth the extra couple of bucks due to the extra speed and increased convenience of some thoughtful features.The 4K version has the new upgraded Alexa remote, which is such a triumph compared to the older Alexa remote, due to the fact that they've finally added power, mute, and volume buttons. Hooray! No more scrambling around for your TV or cable company remote control when you need to change the volume in a hurry. The voice controls are also more sophisticated in this version, so that I can actually tell Alexa to "switch back to HDMI 1" or "switch back to cable TV", rather than toggling the Input button on your TV or cable remote.The user interface is snappier and more responsive all around, unlike the older Fire Stick, which occasionally is slightly laggy. It's crisp and clear, and intuitive to operate---- and set-up is a piece of cake. The onscreen prompts guide you through everything, and should be easy for anyone to follow, even if don't consider yourself tech savvy. And in terms of the physical hardware, there are only like... 2 steps: 1) connect stick to power source, and 2) plug stick into any open HDMI port, which you'll find on the back or side of your TV, conveniently marked "HDMI 1" "HDMI 2" etc. I'd say setup took me about 10 minutes from start to finish.If you are wondering whether an elderly or technophobic person can handle setup, the answer is yes. Can they open a cardboard box, find a power outlet, and locate an HDMI port on their TV? If yes, they'll be fine, because everything else is basically taken care of by onscreen prompting.If you are new to Fire Sticks and are wondering why you need one: a Fire Stick is a tool that lets your browse and stream a huge video library of TV and movies. Prime Video is free for Prime members, but you can also pay for content via Netflix, HBO, etc subscriptions.Side note: If you're here secretly wondering what a Chromecast is and how it differs, a Chromecast is a similar "stick-like" device that plugs into an HDMI port, but it only "casts" content from your laptop/computer/other device to the big screen of your TV. There's no remote control or fancy onscreen user interface---the "casting" is controlled in whatever tab of your browser you're watching video in on the device, e.g. my laptop.If you're wondering whether the content library is worth it, the answer is: it's one of the biggest, and it's getting bigger every day. There are obviously a lot of old or b-grade movies in the library, but they add at least a small handful new big name or recent films/tv shows every month, and the biggest unsung treasure is the ever-growing collection of Studio Original content, such as Jack Ryan, Man in the High Castle, Sneaky Pete, etc. The production quality and writing are equal to or better than anything on network TV.If you're wondering why anyone would need more than one Fire Stick, the answer is: you need one for each TV, unless you want to be unplugging and plugging in a single stick every time you go from room to room. There's nothing wrong with that of course---you can take the Fire Stick anywhere you want, such as your vacation home or a hotel. However, I primarily want to leave mine plugged in, and there are 2 TV sets, therefore, 2 sticks. If you have multiple TVs in your house, you can have multiple sticks--I've heard of some folks who have up to 4 sticks in a single household, (although there may be a limit to how many people can stream from one account at the same time.)If you're wondering whether the 4K version is a gimmick or whether it's worth it, the answer is: it's worth it, because it's as if they ironed out all the little kinks and pain points to get the user to their chosen content as quickly as possible. All the little improvements in terms of the speed/function, and the upgraded Alexa remote make the 4K version a pleasure to use.Hope this helps!
If you get this new Fire Stick forget cable. I love this new Fire Stick. I need one for each room. It has more features and stations that are free and come with the First Stick.
I received the Fire TV Stick 4K on launch day. I own the previous model and this is a much better experience. First off the remote is a huge improvement. The power button on the remote can turn on my tv, my receiver, fire stick, and switch the inputs automatically so the fire stick is on screen and ready to go with just one click of the power button. It's really nice. This is how it should have been all along. It gets even better though... lets say my TV is already on, and my receiver is set to a different input such as my FIOS tv box? All you do is click the home button on the remote and the remote switches the receiver to the correct hdmi input on the receiver for the fire stick! One remote to rule them all, and yes it controls volume on the receiver too! This is excellent. It's highly configurable. The setup is quite nice. You can define which inputs get picked when hitting the power and home button. You can define which device the volume buttons control. has done a great job with the Fire Stick 4K.It's faster than previous fire sticks. No more menu lag. Things are smoother and faster overall. I've used Roku, Chromecast Ultra and Fire Stick... I like them all for different reasons. I also dislike chromecast because 5.1 audio will not work on my receiver because chromecast refuses to support Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1. Fire stick has no problem handling DD5.1. This makes my plex and netflix experience much more enjoyable. The remote is better than not having a remote (chromecast). Roku's are very nice as well. All 3 of these options are great in their own way and frankly I had thought fire stick was the least desirable but recently I've come to realize I prefer Fire stick so I pre-ordered the 4K fire stick and I could not be happier with it. needs to keep up the good work. The 4K stick is a solid product and an excellent upgrade from the previous model