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Amazon Fire TV Cube (2021) Review

Updated: a day ago

PROS:

  1. Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support

  2. Pleasing picture quality

  3. Control over a wide range of home cinema devices

  4. Set-up is simple and easy

  5. Alexa is great (when it works)

  6. Infrared blaster can control your home theater by voice

CONS:

  1. Lacks detail in the darkest areas

  2. HDMI cable not included

  3. Expensive Compared with smaller 4K Media Streamers

  4. Editors' Note: This is the most recent version of the Fire TV Cube despite the 2019 in title. This is the second-generation Fire TV Cube which launched internationally back in 2019.

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Key Specifications:


  1. Review Price: ₹12,999/£109.99/$99.99

  2. Hexa-core processor

  3. Multi-HDR support

  4. Alexa voice control remote

  5. 4K up to 60fps

  6. Weight: 465g

  7. 16GB internal storage

  8. Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision.

What's In the BOX:


In the box, you get the Fire TV Cube along with the new Alexa remote control. You also get a power cable, IR cable and an ethernet adapter. The Fire TV Cube connects to the TV via an HDMI cable. Sadly, there is no HDMI cable bundled with the Fire TV Cube. That’s a tad disappointing especially when devices like the Mi Box 4K comes with an HDMI cable in the box. However, it is nice to see an IR extender and ethernet adapter in the box. The former is useful if you want to control your set-top-box with the Cube, and the latter will ensure you get the best streaming experience without any lag.


Amazon Fire TV Cube Box Contents

The first Amazon Fire TV Cube was one of our favorite media streamers, with all of the features of the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, along with a far-field microphone array and infrared emitters to let you use Alexa and control your home theater entirely with your voice. The new, second-generation Fire TV Cube doesn't try to tweak what the original already does well. It looks and functions identically, but a faster processor makes apps load much more quickly, and support for additional HDR formats makes it even more flexible when streaming 4K HDR content to your TV.


Design & Build:



Remote Keys Controller
AMAZON Fire TV Cube 2021 Remote

Physically, the new Fire TV Cube is identical to the first one. It's a three-inch cube with glossy black plastic sides and a matte black plastic top, with the front face denoted by a translucent strip hiding a series of LEDs on the top front edge. The top panel holds Alexa, volume up/down, and microphone mute buttons, along with eight pinholes indicating the far-field microphone array.


Amazon Fire TV Cube Connectivity

The ports are neatly laid out at the back. For Connectivity,

We have a micro-USB port, IR port, HDMI port and power port. At the bottom, the Fire TV Cube has a small speaker and four rubber feet so that the speaker doesn’t get muffled.


Performance:


The UI of the Fire TV cube is the same we’ve experienced on the third-gen Fire TV Stick and the Fire TV Stick 4K for some time now. You have the home screen, which shows you your most-used apps along with content suggestions, and you can always navigate to your favourite apps or pieces of content using the remote or your voice.



Besides the expanded HDR support, the only real change the new Fire TV Cube offers is an upgraded processor. The original Fire TV Cube had a quad-core ARM CPU with clock speeds of up to 1.5GHz per core. The new Fire TV Cube bumps that up considerably with a hexa-core ARM CPU packing four cores at up to 2.2GHz and two more cores at up to 1.9GHz.


Our Honest Opinions:


The new Amazon Fire TV Cube doesn't try to fix what isn't broken. It looks identical to the previous version, and it doesn't offer any significant new features besides better HDR support and a faster processor. If you’re Holding a Fire TV Stick already, Just Stick to that, It’s a little Bread and Butter here and there, Which is definitely not worth the Upgrade, Those two tweaks are welcome upgrades, though they probably aren't enough to justify replacing your current Fire TV Cube/Stick with the new model.

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