Ausdroid Reviews: Alexa Voice Remote Pro – its Pro time for the Fire TV

Amazon has introduced a brand new distant which is able to work throughout its Fireplace TV streaming units, such because the Fireplace TV Dice we not too long ago reviewed, which you’ll learn right here.

The Alexa Voice Distant Professional is analogous in design to the included remotes with Fireplace TV streaming sticks however additionally it is completely different with some further options which don’t include the usual distant included often.

What’s within the field?

Within the field, you get the distant, two AAA Batteries and the standard instruction booklets.

The design

The Alexa Voice Distant Professional buttons are flatter than the earlier vary, which have an influence button on the prime left, a microphone within the center prime with right-hand facet housing a brand new headphones button.

Beneath these buttons is the massive round navigation pad with the inside round button. When tapped, this prompts the LED lights, which in flip lights up the buttons on the distant, which I discovered helpful. Beneath the navigation button are the usual menu and playback controls buttons, alongside the amount and channel buttons and setting buttons.

There are additionally two new programmable buttons the place you possibly can program the buttons as shortcuts to your favorite providers and extra comparable to:

  • Climate updates
  • Turning in your IoT units comparable to sensible lights
  • Opening streaming apps like Amazon Music, Amazon Children, Amazon Pictures, Amazon Silk (internet browser), IMDb TV, Information, Prime Video, YouTube or Netflix
  • Actions comparable to Go to Information, Watchlist, Notifications, My Stuff, Profiles, Music or Pictures

I’ll admit some confusion why you possibly can set the programmable shortcut buttons to go Netflix, Amazon Music or Prime video as a result of there are already shortcut buttons that cowl this. It is smart to make use of this as a shortcut to different streaming providers like Paramount+, ABC iView, Stan, 9now, simply to call just a few others and one thing I’m suggesting Amazon have a look at for any future updates.

There are additionally devoted Prime Video, Disney+, Netflix and Amazon Music buttons which is able to take you proper into these apps with out the necessity to do that from the house display.

The rear is the place you can see the duvet, which simply slides down and out to have the ability to put within the batteries.

The highest is the place you can see the IR blaster to have the ability to flip off your sensible TV or Fireplace TV Dice, and the underside is the place you can see the speaker, which sounds with a ringing tone while you lose the distant — merely say “Alexa discover my distant — so you will discover it once more.

What’s it good at?

The back-lit buttons of the Fireplace TV Professional distant are an ideal contact, it’s not obligatory however a stunning contact and will increase usability.

As talked about, i When you lose the distant, you possibly can simply say “Alexa, discover my distant” to find it simply. Whether or not you will have a Fireplace TV Dice, an Echo sensible speaker, a sensible show or the free Fireplace TV app, you too can discover the distant this fashion.

The Bluetooth button on the distant permits you to pair wi-fi earbuds or headphones so that you don’t disturb anybody late at evening or early within the morning. The bonus is that you could additionally drown out the noise round you if you happen to don’t need to blast the sound up.

What’s it not so good at?

The one factor I did discover with the Fireplace TV Professional distant in comparison with the traditional Fireplace TV distant, is that there is no such thing as a latest button. Whereas it’s not a deal breaker, if you happen to’re upgrading an use this closely on the earlier mannequin then you definitely’ll be in for a little bit of a studying curve. It might be good to have the ability to use the programmable buttons, however it appears as if they’re solely in a position to entry app shortcuts to Amazon Music, Prime Video and Netflix.

In case you have a 1st or 2nd technology Fireplace Stick TV and desire a Voice Distant Professional, you’re out of luck. It merely is not going to work with these generations of streaming units, a disappointment completely, but in addition considerably comprehensible, pushing consumers to replace {hardware} and enhance performance.

If you’re hoping for a 3.5mm audio jack inside the distant, you can be vastly upset. Whereas — once more comprehensible — it will be good to attach old-school headphones, applied sciences have come to some extent the place wi-fi is the one technique to go.

You can’t activate Alexa on the distant via the standard “Alexa” vocal set off; you want to press the Alexa button for the distant to activate Alexa. While this wasn’t a problem given the Echo sensible audio system I’ve, if you happen to’re not in that place, it might be a problem if you need Alexa to show in your TV or open an app with out bodily enter.

Do you have to think about shopping for one?

Whereas I loved a number of the further options, such because the back-lit buttons and the discover my distant choice, I really feel there isn’t sufficient purpose to improve if you happen to personal a Fireplace TV machine. Notably if you happen to personal a Non-Fireplace TV Dice, as while it would work on older Fireplace TV streaming units, the wonderful my distant is principally restricted to the Fireplace TV Dice, the app or an Echo enabled sensible speaker or sensible show.

Additionally, the worth – $59.00 – isn’t too unhealthy, however the one purpose I may improve over the included distant, is to have a spare machine however in any other case, the opposite included remotes can be nonetheless sufficient to have the ability to use your Fireplace TV streaming dongles. It might have been a extra compelling supply to incorporate within the Fireplace TV Dice over the usual distant, or an improve on the level of sale.

The Alexa Voice Distant Professional could be bought from the Amazon Australian web site for $59.

Leave a Reply

GIPHY App Key not set. Please check settings