Ausdroid Reviews: Amazon Fire TV Cube 4K – Turn your dumb TV into a smarter TV

Amazon not too long ago introduced a brand new slate of Alexa-enabled gadgets alongside a brand new fireTV streaming gadget that mixes it with an Alexa speaker to make the gadget, much more, person pleasant and smarter.

As somebody who has fairly a number of Alexa gadgets across the dwelling for our IoT or related good gadgets akin to lights, kettle and extra, I used to be occupied with how this mixture of an Alexa Speaker with a Fireplace TV gadget would work. Contemplating I’ve by no means used or owned a Fireplace TV dongle nor ever used one, I used to be excited to see what it presents.

What’s within the Field?

Within the field, you get the Fireplace TV Dice, distant with x2 AAA batteries, Handbook and vital info booklets and wall charger with PIN socket.

Sadly you don’t get an HDMI Cable, so until you’ve a spare one round, you may wish to buy one on the identical time you buy the Fireplace TV Dice to keep away from disappointment while you get to organising your new toy.

The design

The Amazon Fireplace TV Dice is produced from a polymer plastic which you primarily really feel on the high, backside and rear of the gadget, while the entrance and sides provide a mesh sort of material the place the audio system are.

The highest of the Fireplace TV Dice has 4 spherical buttons which provide the next features:

  • Left hand button – Mic On/Off
  • Proper hand button – Motion button
  • High button – Quantity up
  • Backside button – Quantity down

There’s a LED Mild strip that illuminates the entrance simply above the mesh speaker to point you’ve activated the Alexa speaker. Speaking in regards to the speaker, there’s a 1.6-inch (40 mm) speaker to work together with Alexa, even when the TV is off.

The underside is manufactured from a rubberised materials to make sure that your Fireplace TV Dice doesn’t by chance get knocked or slide off your leisure unit; significantly helpful when you’ve got harmful pets just like the 4 cats we have now, which are likely to knock every thing over.

The again of the Fireplace TV Dice comes with an HDMI in and a single HDMI out port alongside an IR extender, a USB A port, an Ethernet Port and a single energy port which sadly makes use of the older fashion energy dice wall charger. This isn’t an issue when you don’t produce other objects within the different wall charger port or are ready to get a powerboard with bigger spacing to permit for these. I had a spare energy board I might plug this into, so I didn’t have points.

Moreover, the Fireplace TV Dice comes with Dolby Atmos, 7.1 encompass sound, 2ch stereo alongside Wi-Fi 6e tri-band connectivity alongside an octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage which is greater than the present HD and 4K variations of the Chromecast with Google TV streaming gadgets that Google have out there so this to me is a bonus.

Amazon has marketed the Fireplace TV Dice as 4K, nonetheless as we solely have one TV that already had Android TV on it, the assessment for the Fireplace TV Dice was undertaken on a “dumb” HD TV. I’ve to say the viewing wasn’t impacted, actually, the Fireplace TV Dice made our dumb TV fairly good and improved that have.

As a part of set-up, you may get the Fireplace TV Dice to have the ability to activate and off your dumb TV, as talked about making it smarter, alongside additionally getting it to show up and down the amount. It’s also possible to join a Bluetooth-enabled sound system or Bluetooth speaker alongside sure different Alexa audio system to make it a real encompass sound system. Nonetheless, I did have points making an attempt to attach the Bluetooth speaker that I’ve for the TV the Fireplace TV is plugged into.

What does it do effectively?

Having the ability to management our good dwelling gadgets like Lights, and kettles to even activate and off the TV or improve or lower the amount with out the usage of the distant by way of the inbuilt Alexa speaker is nice. Personally while I desire to make use of the included distant, but when the distant ever does go lacking it’s a terrific backup and different at the very least.

Establishing the TV controls was a bit little bit of a problem, contemplating we have now an off model TV within the spare room and it took about an hour or so engaged on methods to get Alexa to connect with the TV. As soon as related it meant I might ask Alexa to manage the TV as I’ve already talked about.

In the case of connectivity, having Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) along with 2.4 and 5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, is nice however by way of precise efficiency, I actually didn’t see any form of distinction or enchancment in comparison with different streaming choices. On a community that has much more visitors, that distinction might change into much more apparent.

Having the ability to join your Bluetooth speaker or soundbar on to the Fireplace TV Dice is a good function, if it might probably join that’s. I struggled to get the Fireplace TV to connect with our Bluetooth speaker from IKEA, sadly it simply wouldn’t decide it up regardless of how a lot I attempted.

Nonetheless, the flexibility to attach different Alexa enabled audio system such because the New Echo Dot (fifth Gen with Clock – assessment incoming) or different gadgets akin to The third and 4th gen dot audio system is an efficient second choice albeit when you solely have the Echo Present 5 or Echo present 8 audio system these can’t be related to the Fireplace TV Dice.

Lastly, with the ability to add the Fireplace TV Dice to your amazon Alexa speaker app and management and permit it to participate in any routines is one other bonus as you possibly can arrange for say when your TV will activate or off or participate in any alarms or different automated settings you’ve arrange, to have the ability to participate simply streamlines the entire course of and make it simpler so as to add to a selected room or arrange.

What does it not do effectively?

Having already talked about the sound points, I received’t cowl previous floor there, however one other level that does want mentioning is that not like the Chromecast with Google TV, which shows on the principle dwelling web page what reveals you’ve final watched and to simply immediately click on into them straight from the Residence Display, you have to discover the app on the Residence Display and click on into it that means. Unsurprisingly, being an Amazon gadget, many of the reveals which can be marketed on the house display are Amazon Prime reveals.

Do you have to take into account shopping for one?

All in all I’ve to say there are some particular advantages to buying the Fireplace TV Dice. Clearly an enormous benefit is with the ability to flip virtually any “dumb” TV right into a smart-ish TV. Supplied you don’t thoughts the infinite Amazon Prime Video plugs for its reveals over one thing like Disney+, Netflix and many others then I can say the Amazon Fireplace TV Dice might be effectively value contemplating, significantly with the doubtless post-Christmas gross sales upcoming.

The Amazon Fireplace TV Dice will be bought by way of the Amazon Australia web site for RRP$219.00 — Editors Be aware: $159.00 on the time of publishing throughout Cyber Monday specials — which is a bit bit on the costly facet given the Fireplace TV Stick 4K Max is simply $99 — $49 throughout Cyber Monday — while Chromecast with Google TV 4K is equally priced at RRP$99.

Comparisons are a bit tough although because the inclusion of Alexa Speaker goes a protracted solution to getting this over the road with many customers.

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