Amazon Fire TV Cube Review

Amazon just released yet another TV streaming device. However, the Amazon Fire TV cube is more for those excited about using Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa then it is for your average cord cutter.

Amazon Fire TV Cube vs Fire TV

In terms of streaming, the Amazon Fire TV Cube offers little additional functionality to the Fire TV. Both support 4K video and HDR. Both have a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor. Both Dolby Atmos sound and support the same 802.11ac dual band wifi standards. The differences are:

  • The Fire TV Cube has 16 GB of storage
  • The Fire TV Cube has Far-field voice control of Fire TV and other devices
  • The  Fire TV Cube comes with the ethernet dongle adapter
  • The Cube is 3.4” x 3.4” x 3.0″ and weighs a pound so while compact it is bigger than the Fire TV.

So as a streaming device there isn’t much of a reason to purchase the Fire TV Cube over the Fire TV. The best reason is if you want your Fire TV to be networked over Ethernet. Then, it might make sense to spring for the Fire TV Cube.

So why buy The Cube? If you enjoy using Alexa then the Fire Cube may be perfect for you. It combines all the features of an Echo Dot with a Fire TV. Furthermore, the Cube’s built-in speaker means you can still use the Alexa features without needing your TV or entertainment center to be on.

You can walk into the room and say “Alexa, turn on the TV” and the TV comes on. Then, you can say “Alexa, play ‘This is Us'” and it will play your latest unwatched episode of the show. While the Fire TV voice remote will allow this, the Cube completely eliminates the need for a remote.

However, searching for a certain episode of a certain show could result in a full on conversation with your digital assistant. I can also imagine frustrated children all over the work screaming “DuckTales” at the TV.  So I’m not sure if this is for everyone. Thankfully, the Cube does include a remote.

Additionally, if you are into the idea of a smart home, the Fire TV cube can act as the brain of your operation. There are too many to list here, but check out all the various smart devices you can control with your Fire TV Cube.

Essentially, the device you use to watch TV can also be the device that adjusts your home heating, shows you your front door camera, displays your baby monitor, adjusts your lights or a whole host of other features.

Bottom Line

If you are simply looking for an Amazon streaming device save some money with the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. However, if you want to centralize your smart home with a quality streamer then the Amazon Fire TV Cube is a good choice.

Purchase the Amazon Fire TV Cube.

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Dennis Restauro: @GroundedReason Dennis is the editor in chief at Grounded Reason. Before writing about using technology to save you money he spent 20 years working in the tech sector as a sysadmin, an analyst, and an enterprise architect.