Amazon's new Fire TV media streamer looks the same as the original, but packs new hardware.
Meet the Amazon Fire TV. Looks familiar, doesn't it? Sure, it's identical to its predecessor. But inside you'll find souped up hardware, and the ability to stream 4K video, for $99.99, or £79.99 in the UK. Amazon hasn't mentioned pricing or availability in Australia, but that works out to about. AU$139.
Amazon claims that the new Fire TV's 64-bit, quad-core CPU will serve up 75% more processing power than its predecessor. A microSD card slot with support for up to 128GB cards eases the pain of the meager 8GB of onboard storage, and you'll find Bluetooth, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Dolby Audio.
You'll find the power jack, an HDMI port, the ethernet jack, the microSD card slot, and a USB port on the back.
The new Fire TV is capable of 4K streaming: you'll find content from Amazon and Netflix, with more to come as it's available.
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On to the Fire Stick, with Voice Remote. Added voice controls give you something like the Fire TV experience in a much smaller, portable package. It costs 49.99 in the US, and £45.99 in the UK (about AU$70)
The Fire TV Stick with voice remote costs a little bit more than the base Fire Stick model, so you'll have to decide if voice controls are worth the extra cost.
The Amazon Fire TV Gaming edition pairs the new Fire TV with a revised gaming controller, for $139.99 in the US (about £90, or AU$195).
The Gaming Edition doesn't include the standard Fire TV remote, but the controller does offer voice controls.
I'll need to spend more time with the controller before I can render a verdict, but it has all of the trappings of a modern (and far pricier) gaming console's controller.
To sweeten the deal, the Gaming Edition is bundled with a 32GB microSD card, and two free games, both of which are excellent: Ducktales Remastered, and Shovel Knight.