Length:: 5:13 Mins
I purchased this to replace an old Roku box I have which doesn't have access to Prime video streaming.
It's more discrete than the Roku as it plugs into a HDMI port on your TV and is then nicely hidden away. It requires a dedicated power source, it isn't powered by the HDMI port itself, and this is provided in the box.
As well as the Fire TV stick and power supply you also get a remote, batteries for the remote and a HDMI extender.
Setup is really simple, plug the Fire TV stick into your TV, power it on and follow the on screen instructions.
Once setup has been completed a short welcome video is played to show you round your new gadget. Assuming you've purchased the Fire TV stick for yourself it'll be pre-registered to your account, a real bonus if your an Amazon Prime member as it means you can start streaming from Amazon Instant Video without entering any further details.
After that you've got a really easy to use interface, it's slick and doesn't suffer from any lag.
You can quickly add additional apps, such as Netflix or iPlayer. I'd recommend the excellent TVPlayer app if you plan on using this ini a room that doesn't have a dedicated area as it streams live TV over the internet.
It's capable of playing games and if you don't have the optional game pad it lets you know if the game needs a pad.
If you've had an Amazon account for a while like I have, and are a Prime member, it's likely you'll have apps, music and photos stored by them and these are all easily accessible as well.
You can search either via a text search, or by downloading the Fire TV app which can then use your phones microphone to perform a voice search.
So far I'm really impressed with the Fire TV stick, you get a great device for not a lot of cash and it's small enough to easily take around with you, either to a friends house or on holiday. Those looking for Android gaming fun will likely want to invest in the optional gaming pad, it's not something I've tested but I can see the advantages it offers.
I note a number of reviewers are having issues with BT. I'm with Virgin Media and use an Asus router and haven't encountered any problems at all. It's responsive and streams really well.