Amazon Fire TV 4-Series review: End of the Fire TV Stick?

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The new Fire TV 4-Series is decent telly for its relatively low price

What we love

  • Fire TV OS is excellent
  • Very simple set-up
  • Alexa is really useful
  • Instant access to a swathe of apps

What we don’t

  • Awful audio
  • Plastic case feel cheap
  • Rivals offer similar prices
  • Screen could be brighter

The Fire TV 4-Series is decent telly for its relatively low price. For under £430 you get a pin sharp 4K screen that’s supports impressive HDR10 and HLG standards.

There’s also Amazon’s popular Fire TV software baked in which brings instant access to a swathe of services including Prime Video, Netflix, Apple TV+ and Disney+.

The neat remote has dedicated buttons for the most popular streaming services and there’s the Alexa button so you summon the useful assistant with just one tap.

Thanks to that Alexa support you can find content, pause shows and perform tasks such as setting timers and reminders – just like on your smart speaker.

The telly is also easy peasy to set up with the whole process, including screwing in the legs, taking less than five minutes.

On the rear case there are loads of HDMI ports (4 in total) so you won’t run out of sockets if you have a Sky box, console and Apple TV set-top box to plug in.

Overall we’ve been left impressed by this TV but we do have some niggles.

The audio from the in-built speakers is pretty poor and you will definitely need a soundbar if you want a decent cinema-style experience. The build quality also feels quiet cheap and the on-screen action suffers slightly if you’re not face-on with the display

Then there’s the competition as you can find other screens for a similar price. For example, you can buy a 4K Samsung telly (the most popular telly brand in the world) for under £500.

If you love Amazon’s Fire service and want a simple way to access content from across numerous platforms this latest television is really good.

Just make sure you shop around first as the television market is hugely competitive and you might find an even bigger bargain elsewhere.

Amazon Fire TV 4-Series review

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