Amazon released a new Alexa-enabled device in June 2018. Fire TV Cube is the first hands-free streaming media player. As its name, Fire TV Cube is a cubic design. However, familiar buttons on the top for volume up and down, action, and microphone off, which you see on other Amazon’s Echo products. And, build-in eight microphones with far-field recognition hear your commands and questions. You can control the streaming player with your voice as well as compatible smart home devices, TV, sound bar, cable box, A/V receiver and more.
Hands-free TV and media control
Fire TV Cube is the first hands-free streaming media player. You have Alexa’s voice assistance directly inside the player so you can control your entertainment with your voice commands. The eight built-in microphones hear you even across the room thanks to far-field voice recognition and beamforming technology. You can ask Alex to turn on the TV, turn up or down the volume, fast forward or rewind, pause, resume, and so on.
Control other entertainment devices
Not only your TV can you control with your voice, but tens of thousands of devices including TVs, soundbars, A/V receivers, cable/satellite boxes from popular brands are compatible with Fire TV Cube. You can ask Alexa to turn on/off your TV, adjust the volume of the soundbar, change channels of your cable box, etc.
4K Ultra HD
Fire TV Cube can deliver 4K Ultra HD streaming at 60 fps and High Dynamic Range (HDR), and 3D Dolby Atmos Audio when connected to compatible entertainment devices.
Lots of entertainment
Just like Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, you can download and install apps and enjoy watching movies and TV episodes from the apps like Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix. With browsers like Silk and Firefox, you will have access to Youtube, Facebook, and Reddit. You can also enjoy music from Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora with album art and lyrics on TV.
Since Fire TV Cube has a built-in speaker, you can use it like Amazon Echo devices. You can control your smart home devices even with the TV off.
Prime members already have free access to thousands of movies and TV episodes through Prime Video and 2 million songs through Prime Music. You can add channels with a subscription like HBO, SHOWTIME, CBS, and Cinemax without cable or apps to download or get Amazon Music Unlimited for tens of millions of songs on demand with ad-free, unlimited skips, download for offline listening.
What’s in the box?
- Fire TV Cube
- Alexa Voice Remote
- Power adapter
- (2) AAA batteries
- Infrared (IR) extender cable
- Amazon Ethernet Adapter
- Quick start guide
- Marketing guide
- Dimension: 3.4” x 3.4” x 3.0” (86.1 mm x 86.1 mm x 76.9 mm)
- Weight: 16.4 oz (465 g)
- Processor: Quad-core up to 1.5 GHz | ARM 4xCA53
- GPU: Mali450 MP3
- Storage: 16 GB internal
- Memory: 2 GB
- Output resolution supported: 2160p, 1080p, and 720p up to 60 fps
Fire TV Cube can be a great addition to your entertainment system. Even if you already own streaming player, switching to Fire TV Cube will allow you to control not only Fire TV Cube but also a sound bar, A/V receiver, and cable box with your voice. However, if you already own a universal remote like Logitech Harmony, Fire TV Cube may not work for you. That’s because you can already control all your entertainment devices with a single remote. Besides, Harmony remote is not compatible with Fire TV Cube. What’s more, if you have Echo devices and Harmony remote, you can control them with a voice command via Harmony Alexa Skill. Read Also: Logitech Harmony Elite review and comparison with Companion and Ultimate
Here is another situation that Fire TV Cube may not work for you. If you invested Amazon Alexa’s ecosystem, you might already own both Fire TV (or Stick) and Echo speaker. And you can pair two devices via Bluetooth and make a voice control. The control is limited to Fire TV, meaning you can’t turn on/off the TV, a sound bar or A/V receiver. But, you may be surprised at many things to control with your voice. Read Also:How to do Voice Search without Alexa Voice Remote on Fire TV devices
So, Fire TV Cube is good for those who are currently planning to purchase a complete set of entertainment devices. Of course, it’s much better if you are Amazon Prime member and primarily using Prime Video and Amazon Music. Fire TV Cube is a streaming player that combines and controls all entertainment devices. It can be an easy and simple solution to a new entertainment devices setup. Click here to see the latest price.