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Review Amazon Fire TV Stick 4k MAX A Performance Bump with Better Wi-Fi


hey everybody it’s la inside and we’re taking a look today at the new amazon fire tv stick 4k max this is a little faster than the prior 4k poke we looked at a couple of years ago and we’re going to dive into this product and what you can do with it in simply a second but i do want to let you know in the interest of full disclosure that i paid for this with my own stores all the sentiments you’re about to hear are my own no one is paying for this review nor has anyone assessed or approved what you’re about to see before it was uploaded so let’s get into it now and visualize what this new affix is all about now the toll stage on this is about 55 at the time i’m recording this video just know that these shell tv pokes go on sale all the time so got my eye on some of those big-hearted patronize occurrences and you might get yourself a good deal on it now at the time i’m recording this video the original burn tv 4k put is still for sale and if you’re not understand much of a price difference i would go with the brand-new one simply to be safe they tend to support these for two or three years and then switch to the new hardware for future updates so my suggestion would be go with this one it’s running the more up-to-date fire os seven and it is a little bit faster as you’ll see as we work our path through its consideration of the item the hardware is really simple you’ve got an hdmi

connector now that you use to plug into your video if your tv happens to be pulped up against the wall they do have a little extension cable now that will allow you to angle it away from the wall so you can actually fit it back there and then you too have a micro usb connector now this is no longer a usb type-c connector that i was hoping to see on this invention this is a port that is used for power but you can also plug in what’s called an otg usb hub that will allow you to connect other usb machines so if you are technically lowered and are interested in going down the rabbit defect now you can plug in ethernet you can also plug in external storage to give it a little bit more room to accumulate apps and other media registers and i’ll talk a little bit more about the storage on this when we get to the technical details this remote is new for this version of the ardor put i believe they’re working this remote into some of the other fire pokes as well you’ve got your spokesperson button here for activating the amazon a word you do have to hold it down to speak it’s not going to allow you to shout the aftermath parole into the air so you will have to push the button down to get access to all of the amazon performs but this does give you a bulk of what you can do with an amazon resonate manoeuvre for example they have now supplemented some rental belongings here at the bottom of the remote so all of these services paid for a shortcut button you also have a live tv button now to get to some of the live tv works that are available on the flaming tv now so the remote is slightly informed but still pretty much purposes the same as the other ones it does work over bluetooth but you do have infrared here for ensure your tv capability and volume and whatnot now a great deal of beings ask me what do i need one of these things for if i already have a smart television and the answer is if you are satisfied with

the apps on your smart-alecky tv and you can get all of the services that you’re subscribed to delivered through that smart-alecky tv then you don’t need a stream stick or any other kind of streaming device but if you’ve got a computer check like i do here or an older television that is no longer supported by its creator going a stream deposit will reach that dumb tv smart and that is what we’re going to do today as we are demoing the stream persist here will give you all of the smart tv functionality on a tv that may not have any smart-aleckies inside of it now inside this does have a faster processor than the previous stick it’s a mediatek mt8696 amazon says it’s 40 faster than the old shoot tv lodge and in playing around with it i would say it’s close to that depending on what you’re measuring it’s got two gigabytes of ram on board that is up from 1.5 gigabytes before so we’ll time multitasking a little better it has though only eight gigabytes of onboard storage so if you do are projected to download a cluster of android plays for this uh you will be limited in what you can store on the invention itself you can plug in external storage to give you a little bit more room but at that point you’re going to have all this crazy stuff hanging off of this thing and you might just want to go with the more costly and more powerful fire tv cube or an nvidia shield or something like that so you can install a couple of casual

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games on here but not much more than that one differentiator between the shoot television and the roku is that there are competitions and other apps available for this device which you will not find on the roku which mainly only extends streaming apps now this device does have the latest fire os account 7 installed but it only corroborates 32 -bit lotions and that’s important if you are side loading android apps onto the device my advice is that if you are an advanced user and really want to dig into what you can do with one of these things beyond the basics i think the nvidia shield might be a better pick for you imparted its flexibility and its performance levels but here i am thinking for general purchasers this one is certainly more than adequate it does support widevine l1 and l3 for drm it substantiates most of the current hdr formats including hdr1 0 hdr1 0 plus hlg and dolby vision it also supports dolby atmos audio for apps that is compatible with that and of course it will deliver a 4k answer at up to 60 encloses per second all right let’s dive in now and see this thing in action and the first thing that i noticed out of the door with this is that it is faster than the prior edition it is definitely zippier at lading apps up as you can see i’m going to leap between netflix and prime video and youtube and you can see these apps are just springing up a little bit quicker than they might have before we’ll go over to youtube now and see how fast that loadings up and then maybe we’ll hop back to netflix now and overall it simply feels like a more up-to-date device and comparable perhaps to some

of the other ones that it’s playing with in the market and for a persist this is performing quite well so i’ve been reasonably impressed with the contributed boost in rate at least in even further as how it feels when you’re navigate things i too found that when you start streaming something it does spin up a little bit quicker as well and i think that’s due to the processor upgrade and i’ve been playing back some 4k 60 formulates per second video on youtube and it’s been able to keep up with that just fine as you can see here we’ve got no drop chassis everything is playing back perfectly from the put here so 4k content appears to be running very nicely and of course everything just operates a bit quicker so that’s been nice to see here now the wi-fi has been improved on this but to get the most out of that progress you will need a wi-fi 6 access moment or router it’ll work on older wireless access extents but the benefits of wi-fi 6 requires that you is attached to a wi-fi 6 router or access time and we’ll run a speedy rush experiment now just to get a feel for how well this acts now this is a side loaded app and i’ve got a keyboard and trackpad paired up via bluetooth to use it here and as you can see as we start the test we’re able to pull down well over 300 megabits per second from the internet to the stick over wi-fi six approximately 400 here and we’ll see about the same performance on the upstream as well so this can really deliver a good sum of data for a small device in fact it is faster on wifi than it is on ethernet uttered how gradual its usb port is but you will not discover any rapidity betterments on this new one versus the age-old one if you’re not

getting a good signal to your manoeuvre so right now my access stage is right over there in the ceiling a lot of times parties are putting these things behind a tv and they’re getting blocked by all sorts of blockages so if your signal is not so great now this is not going to improve it you’re going to want to move your router or access site into a distinguish where the maneuver can get a better signal because more often than not that’s the issue most people run into however if you do have a very active household wi-fi 6 will actually provide some improvement there because it can better manage a more congested environment now they have made some improvements to the fire tv interface and these improvements are not limited to the max device either so you’ll see this across the line one thing that i like is that you can have now charts set up so everybody in the household gets a different ogle and a different personalization to the home page you have six apps here that are front and hub and you can change that by going to get your app menu now and then moving up the apps that you want into that top board so you can see i’ve got a bunch more things installed than i have here at the top but if i hold down the button here i can move hd home run for example over to that figure six predicament there and then when i go back out to the main menu it will change it there so you can time more quickly get to

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the apps you want to load up but you can also simply make a voice command so i could say load netflix and that of course will give us a direct line to netflix here it’ll exactly boot it right up for you so you do have some flexibility as to how you want to handle this now one neat thing about flaming tv devices is that they are a very good universal remote control and let me show you what i necessitate by that we’re going to go over to the establishes now and what we’re going to do is go down to equipment control and this takes a little bit of time to set up but you can add all the things that are plugged into your television like your stereo or dwelling theater receiver your planet container your game console your xbox your dvd musician whatever you can think of is on the list here and what you can do is just issue a voice bidding and say hey load up the xbox and what it will do is power on your home theater receiver it’ll swap that thing to the realization of the rights input for the xbox and the xbox comes up without having to fuss around with a cluster of buttons you only publish the singer require and it all works for you again takes a little bit of time to get set up but if you’re struggling with family members that can’t figure out how to get the blu-ray player working for example the expression require now after you set up the material assure can be really useful another thing they

have integrated here is a bunch of free live material and if you push this live button on your remote it will pull up those live streaming stations for you and these can come in from numerou providers so right now this set is coming in from plex and there are some methods that you can configure what live business appear in that live menu now they do have to support this amazon live boast so not every app is going to work here so for me right now it is just plex and their free tv channels this does not include the plex dvr that we’ve talked about in other videos unfortunately it’s just the free streaming material i too have imdb tv here and then the volley tv story trash but i think youtube live or sling one of those services also integrates in here so you can even get your subscription tv assistances integrated i did install the brand-new xfinity app regrettably that is not currently integrated you have to load the app up separately but there is some option for browsing live television and if you’re looking for specific content you can search for it so for example i can request show me star trek the benefit of future generations and what it will do here is go out and search for star trek the next generation the results are

always heavily in favor of amazon so if i stumbled the resume button here it’s going to play from amazon primary but there is a button here for observe more ways to watch and that will dig into some of the other services that have this display on it it’s not quite a universal examination because i do believe the providers get paid or agree with amazon to include their results here but if you’re looking to see if something is freely watchable you can start here although it’s not a fully inclusive search one elegant thing that they’ve added to the max here is the ability to watch your security cameras depict in scene while you’re consuming other content so right now we’re watching a youtube video and i can expect it to show me the garage camera and what it’s going to do here is take a break it’s going to go out to my wise camera that’s on the front of the garage and it’ll take it a second to spin up and this was something you could do on the other fire inventions just asked to see your security cameras provided they were supported by amazon and once it connects here it does take a second unfortunately it’ll give us a live thought of the outside of my home and then on this new max device we have an option to minimize to paint in envision and so what’s happening now is i’m able to go back and watch my content that i was watching but still have the security camera playing so if you’re waiting for somebody to show up or something you can watch both things at the same time i could not find any

way to do netflix in a opening in something else so it looks like it’s kind of limited to your security cameras but this is kind of a neat feature now if you own a peal doorbell when somebody pushes the button that picture-in-picture window will come up automatically and substantiate you who is at the door now you can play games on these devices this is shovel gallant which is available for the burn tv stage so it’s running natively on the flame attach now and it seems to be doing just fine from a make charge and gameplay position there’s a assortment of informal sports available the machine of course subsistences game controllers that you pair up via bluetooth so i’ve got an 8bitdo controller i remembered a while back here hooked up via bluetooth to the fire stick and it seems to work pretty well you can run game emulators on here but even though this is a more powerful fire stick it’s still nowhere near what you would need for higher objective emulations so for people that are really looking to do a lot of game playing with android apps i would look to the nvidia shield for that and on the 3dmark slingshot gaming benchmark measure we got a score of 708 that does articulated this above the shoot tv deposit 4k and the recently released google chromecast with google tv but this is still lagging behind the shoot tv cube which is amazon’s most powerful device at the moment by the way the nvidia shield got a score of 5132 on that test now you can also series games either in your dwelling using apps like moonlight or rainway or from a streaming service provider now amazon of course is propelling their luna service and you can get on it right now with one of these fire pokes it is a subscription service but it is running at 60 encloses per second here it’s propagandizing down 1080 p gameplay here and we’re doing about 20 megabits per second or so as we are running around here in this game called control so it seems like a pretty good experience now one thing that will happen on the mac deposit here is that when the luna app is laded it frames itself into a low latency procedure and it may seem like it does cure a little bit one thing to note though is that when you’re connecting controllers via bluetooth to one of these streaming stays there is some lag just in the bluetooth connection so you might want to look at the luna controller which is designed to cut down on the latency a little bit more but overall it feels

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pretty good to me from a game streaming perspective it’s you know dealing with 20 megabits per second of video data coming down now and it’s seeming to be pretty accept to my button thrusts and whatnot so i think this will be a fairly good experience if you’re looking to flow competitions either from a service or from a gaming computer in your live i know a lot of you follow me for my coverage of the plex personal media server and in full disclosure they are a sponsor now on the channel and we did play around with a cluster of 4k blu-ray movies extending on plex to see if we could play them back over wifi on this and surprisingly they did play back quite well without any interruptions even at full fragment pace so that was good it did change the tv into the proper hdr mode and frame charge which was also good but regrettably it doesn’t patronize lossless audio pass across so the higher end atmos and dts hd formats unfortunately did not work on the ardour tv stick with plex but everything else did so it is decent enough for playing back some of your personal media but not the high-end stuff so overall this is a nice update over the original flaming tv put 4k it’s been able to handle all of the 4k material i have thrown at it from netflix and prime video and youtube dolby dream and atmos and all the other stuff seems to be working just fine

here you’ve got almost universal conformity with all the major stream apps on this thing and it offers a neat hump in recital over the prior volume 4k stay and you notice that the most when you’re browsing the interface everything just feels snappier less laggy and over epoch these apps that we lead have gotten more complex so we’re getting trailers flung at us as we’re browsing the netflix interface for example and all of that stuff has really slowed down some of our older designs and this one comes you back up to a place where you can more efficiently find something to watch on one of the many streaming services we’re all subscribed to that is going to do it for now until next time this is london thanks for watching this direct is brought to you by theland.tv followers including amber elevation contributors hot sauce and video games brian parker chris allegretta tom albrecht thomas anfang jim tannis and handheld preoccupation if you want to help the channel you can by lending as little as a dollar a month head over to lawn scatter tv support to learn more and don’t forget to subscribe visit lawn dot tv s

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