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The new Fire TV delivers tons of apps, best-in-class voice control thanks to Alexa, and a new weird square shape that hangs off the back of your 4K TV.
Unlike Chromecast though, it actually includes a remote.
It's just a bit bigger than Google's circular Chromecast dongle.
The same remote is available on numerous other Fire TV products.
Its voice key lets you speak into the mic and summon Alexa to do all kinds of things.
Yep, it's square, and you can't remove the HDMI cable.
Here's the micro-USB-style power slot.
Slim from the side.
Ready for connection to a 4K HDR TV (it also works on non-4K TVs).
It's bigger than a streaming stick on the back of your TV, but should be easy enough to hide.
Of course, it won't function without power. Plugging it into a standard AC socket with this included adapter is your best bet.
You can also power it from your TV's USB port, but it will take longer to boot up.
If your have an Echo or a Dot, you can issue voice commands without using the remote.
Here's the home page. Lots of Amazon promotions.
Non-Amazon apps are collected in Recent, but otherwise you don't get any customization.
Plenty of games are on board.
Lots of apps too.
4K and HDR rows break out some TV shows and movies.
The video library can also show films from Vudu, Google Play and iTunes if you sign up for Movies Anywhere.
You'll need a 4K HDR TV to get the best image quality.
The game controller is optional, but many games can be played with the remote.
Here's the optional $15 Ethernet adapter.
It's useful if your wireless connection near the TV isn't strong.
Of course it's anything but wireless.
The $70 Fire TV (with 4K) next to the $40 Fire TV Stick (without 4K).
The new Fire TV dongle replaces the original Fire TV box.
A trio of $70 4K HDR streamers, from left to right: Roku Streaming Stick Plus, Fire TV and Google Chromecast Ultra.
More 4K HDR streamers, from left to right: Apple TV 4K ($180), Google Chromecast Ultra ($70), Fire TV ($70), Nvidia Shield ($200).
Even more 4K HDR streamers, from left to right: Google Chromecast Ultra ($70), Roku Ultra 2017 ($100), Apple TV 4K ($180), Fire TV ($70), Roku Streaming Stick Plus ($70), Nvidia Shield ($200).
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