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Amazon Fire TV Stick (2nd gen. 2016)

Amazon Fire TV Stick (2nd gen. 2016)
alaScore 93

6624 reviews

Jun, 2023

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6624 reviews of Amazon Fire TV Stick (2nd gen. 2016). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Opinions about the design and reliability are generally positive. The price and size are also appreciated.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Amazon Fire TV Stick (2nd gen. 2016) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : David Katzmaier (

Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice remote: The $40 voice of Amazon TV


The inexpensive Amazon Fire TV Stick now includes a mic-equipped remote allowing access to voice search, playback commands and yes Alexa, Amazon's digital assistant. But can it beat Roku?

The $40 Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote is one of the least expensive devices to stream video from Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO, Sling TV and other online services. It's just as responsive as other devices, meaning it's lightning-fast, and...

The current user interface pushes Amazon content too aggressively. Alexa is less useful than with always-on devices. Unlike Roku there's no dedicated app for any other a la carte video service, like Vudu or Fandango Now, beyond Amazon's.

The fast, affordable new Fire TV stick is great for fans of Amazon who'll use its voice capabilities, and an excellent value, but it's still not as good as Roku.

Feb, 2017

Expert review by : David Katzmaier (

Amazon Fire TV Stick updated review: No longer the sharpest stick in the stream


A year and a half after launch, Amazon's Fire TV stick is starting to show some gray hairs. It's slower than competitors, so unless you're really into Amazon's content and on a very tight budget, you should go with a newer device.

The Amazon Fire TV Stick can access thousands of the most popular streaming apps. It's dirt cheap and unlike Chromecast, it actually includes a physical remote. Amazon content launches quickly. The voice remote option allows more convenient search and...

Slower than most other streaming devices. Popular apps like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and others take a back seat to Amazon's own TV shows and movies. There's no way to customize the interface.

The inexpensive Fire TV Stick remains a great value for heavy users of Amazon TV shows and movies, but most other new devices work better for Netflix and the rest.

May, 2016

Expert review by : Gene DellaSala (

Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Review


Media streaming is a must have feature for a modern home theater. We look at the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Fire TV to see if they are a better alternative to streaming from your source device or HDTV.

Aug, 2017

Expert review by : Jared Newman (

Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote review: A peppier processor makes this streamer worthwhile


Picking the best low-cost media streamer just got a lot more complicated.

Home screen helps solve the "what to watch" dilemma ; The old hardware's more egregious performance woes are gone ; Alexa voice remote is included

Long load times and other performance hitches can occasionally annoy ; Search results still aren't informative enough ; Lack of Echo integration is a missed opportunity

Amazon’s first Fire TV Stick got a the last time we checked in on it, as rival devices had raised the bar for cheap media streamers.

Nov, 2016

Expert review by : Jared Newman (

Amazon Fire TV Stick review: Getting what you paid for


As streaming apps get more advanced, Amazon's low-cost TV dongle doesn't feel future-proof.

Convenient access to Amazon Prime video ; Voice-controlled remote on the cheap ; Alexa integration for home control and other applications

Performance hangups abound ; Voice search doesn’t play well with third-party apps ; Sports fans will notice the absence of 60-frames-per-second playback

Should anyone buy the Fire TV Stick? Maybe, if you’re looking to spend as little as possible for the best experience with Amazon Prime Video. Just keep in mind that the Fire TV set-top box is a much faster and more capable device. It’ll cost more...

Jul, 2016

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Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote review: Smarten up your old TV


Amazon's streaming stick is fast, and the Alexa-equipped remote adds voice control to your TV.

Expert review by : Brad Linder (

2nd-gen Amazon Fire TV Stick hack: Unlock the bootloader, install custom recovery


Amazon's 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick (the 1080p model that has a ) is powered by a MediaTek processor, much like Amazon's Fire tablets. So it should come as no surprise that the same that hackers have been using to unlock the bootloaders and and can be...

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Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Brad Linder (

Amazon Fire TV Stick goes global (with higher price, fewer features)


Amazon is … sort of.

Of course, that $10 premium comes with a perk: you can actually buy the device in regions where it wasn’t available before. The list of available apps will probably vary from country to country, but Amazons Prime Video is available in every region...

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : Marshall Honorof (

Amazon Fire TV Stick Review — Primed to Entertain


For Amazon Prime subscribers, the $40 Fire TV Stick is a good investment. The original Fire TV's strengths — its ability to be synced with Amazon Prime, its simple navigation, and its good selection of video and music apps — are still present. However,...

Reasonable price ; Useful features for Amazon Prime subscribers ; Good app selection

Lackluster search features ; Navigation feels laggy ; Subpar games

A focus on Amazon apps makes the Fire TV Stick a good choice for existing Amazon customers and less compelling for others.

Apr, 2017

Expert review by : Verity Burns (

Amazon Fire TV Stick


The new Amazon Fire TV Stick is the service's second generation of its cheapest video streaming device. It aims itself squarely at rivals such as Google Chromecast Ultra and Roku Streaming Stick, squeezing all of its streaming know-how into a...

They might be subtle improvements, but the new Fire TV Stick is all the better for having them.

Jul, 2017

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