Amazon launches its best streaming stick yet – what’s it good for?

Amazon expands its selection of streaming sticks. The Fire TV Stick 4K Max is supposed to be the “best streaming stick of the company so far” and entices with 4K and Wifi 6, among other things. But what else is special about the new model and is it even worth it?

The current Fire TV stick with 4K support dates from 2018, so it is high time that Amazon adds a new high-resolution model. The manufacturer is now doing just that with the new Fire TV Stick 4K Max. Apart from 4K, it offers some highlights that were not yet available in Amazon’s streaming sticks. atechbook took a closer look at the new device.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max with Wifi 6 and more power

Amazon claims a performance leap of 40 percent compared to the previous Fire TV Stick 4K for the new Max model. The better performance is mainly due to the new processor. The Fire TV Stick 4K Max uses a quad-core processor with 1.8 GHz and 2 GB of working memory. The Mediatek MT8696 clocks slightly faster than the previously used processor (1.7 GHz). Thus, navigation should be even faster and apps should start faster.

The Fire TV Stick 4K Max from Amazon also offers the support for HDR10+ as well as Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos already known from the predecessor. However, the support of HDMI ARC (“Audio Return Channel”) is new. Amazon is increasingly focusing on networking and compatibility in its products. Thus, the Fire TV Stick 4K Max is the first streaming stick from Amazon that supports the picture-in-picture live video function. Without having to interrupt the video stream, users can, for example, display the video feed of their Ring video doorbell when someone rings.

Also new and worth mentioning is the support of Wifi 6 (WLAN ax). This is not the 6E standard, which uses the just released 6 GHz frequency. Nevertheless, Wifi 6 promises higher speeds with better energy efficiency at the same time. Wifi 6 is ahead of the older standards, especially in the transmission of high data volumes that occur during streaming. However, a router that also supports the standard is required.

New voice remote control with buttons for Amazon Video, Netflix and Co.

Amazon also delivers the streaming stick with the latest Alexa voice remote. Users can thus search for movies and series, pause playback or start apps via voice at the touch of a button. Alexa-connected and compatible smart home devices can also be controlled via the remote control of the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max. Besides the familiar control buttons, it also has four buttons that can be used to directly access the streaming services Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon Music.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max with voice remote control
The new Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max Photo: Amazon

However, users also have access to other apps and services via the Fire TV interface, which was newly introduced about a year ago. For example, Amazon cooperates with Sky and offers a suitable app for the Fire TV stick. YouTube, Apple TV+, ProSieben, ARD, ZDF or DAZN as well as the music services Spotify and Apple Music can also be streamed with the streaming stick.

Amazon Fire TV stick for under 30 euros and new TV interface.

If the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max is not in operation, it automatically switches to sleep mode and thus saves power. As the manufacturer states, it has received the Climate Pledge Friendly seal for this. The streaming stick is available now on Amazon. The price is 64.99 euros, so compared to the other Fire TV sticks, the new model is more expensive.

Source

  • Amazon press release