The Good The Element Fire TV with Alexa delivers better voice controls than any TV available, including search, playback control and smart-home command. It has access to thousands of apps and games in an easy-to-use interface system that puts streaming first. Over-the-air antenna extras outclass any TV we've tested.
The Bad It's somewhat expensive compared to other entry-level 4K TVs, and video quality is just OK. The menus push Amazon's own content too much.
The Bottom Line Element's Amazon Fire TV offers powerful voice controls especially when paired with an Echo speaker, but if you don't care about voice, get a Roku TV instead.
Alexa TV takes voice-controlled entertainment to the next level
People love using Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, to play music, get the weather and control stuff like lights and thermostats. And many want to use her to easily control the TV, too.
If easy voice control of a TV is what you're looking for, the Element EL4KAMZ17 series delivers. The first so-called Amazon Fire TV Edition television, its Alexa feature can accept your voice commands for any standard Alexa task. It controls TV-specific stuff too, like finding shows to watch, switching inputs and changing channels on antenna broadcasts. Alexa's soothing voice pipes right back through the TV's speakers, and she lets you do most major tasks with just a few words. It's really pretty amazing.
This TV doesn'tunless you use it with an always-on, always listening speaker from Amazon, such as the or . That's because the far-field microphones that listen for commands, like "Alexa, turn on the TV" or "Alexa, watch 'The Salesman,'" aren't built into the TV itself. Unless you pair this TV with one of Amazon's Echo speakers, you'll have to speak into the remote while holding a button, walkie-talkie style, to control it with your voice. How like, totally, mid-90's!
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