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Stream TV hands-free with this Amazon Fire TV Cube. Amazon Alexa integration lets you control smart home devices and access websites using voice commands for a truly convenient all-in-one entertainment experience. This Amazon Fire TV Cube hears your commands from any direction with far-field voice recognition, eight microphones and beamforming technology.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • 2 AAA batteries
    • Alexa Voice Remote
    • Amazon Ethernet adapter
    • Amazon Fire TV Cube: Hands-Free Streaming Media Player with Alexa and 4K Ultra HD
    • Amazon IR extender cable
    • Power adapter
    • Quick start guide/Marketing guide

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (263 out of 302)

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    Features


    Wirelessly stream movies, TV shows, sports, news and more

    Watch over 500,000 movies and TV episodes from Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, SHOWTIME, NBC, and more. Plus, stream millions of songs through Prime Music, Spotify, and iHeartRadio.

    True-to-life picture

    Enjoy stunning 4K Ultra HD streaming up to 60 fps and HDR enabling more vivid, lifelike colors and exceptional clarity.

    Find content quickly and easily with Alexa Voice Remote

    Use your voice to easily find, launch and control content. Alexa can also answer questions, play music, read the news, check sports scores, search local restaurants and more.

    Do even more with Alexa

    Fire TV Cube has a built-in speaker that lets you check the weather, listen to the news, and more - even with the TV off. Plus, view camera feeds and control lights, thermostats, and other smart home devices - just ask.

    Quad-core processor for powerful performance

    Delivers a responsive interface, rapid search results, smooth gaming and ultrafast streaming.

    Great for gaming

    Choose from hundreds of games, including many that are free or Amazon exclusives.

    Far-field voice control

    With far-field voice recognition, eight microphones, and beamforming technology, Fire TV Cube hears you from any direction. From across the room, just ask Alexa to turn on the TV, adjust the volume, and control playback.

    High-speed wireless connectivity

    Dual-band MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi connects to the Internet through your wireless home network (wireless router required and sold separately).

    Compatible with your existing HDTV

    Easily connects to high-definition televisions with HDMI-HDCP connectivity.

    Web-based services and content require high-speed Internet service. Some services may require a subscription.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 302 reviews

    87%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Problems, but will saves thousands of $$$$$!

      Posted
      Michael

      OK, This is a harsh but honest review, maybe this Alexa was released to early, but time will tell...First I love the Echos & Alexa, I run x5 Echo Shows, x2 Echo 2nd Gens, and Echo Dots everywhere else with my car being next! Yes I have called Amazon & FireTV about the issues, Amazon will not allow reviews yet as it says the item hasn’t been released yet? I bought it from them (2 of them). Echo’s IMHO deserve 5 stars, but even when the 1st was released it wasn’t worth 2! So without further blabbing here are the problems I’ve ran into finished with the x4 good things about this new Echo in the Family. To include saving Thousands (Yes THOUSANDs) of dollars! I’ve ran my Echo “Cube” as a stand alone FireTV System in my bedroom and I have tried it in my Home Theater (165” Screen + Full Equipment) & my Internet is 1 GIG download & 10mbs Upload speeds. ALL Echos and smart-home Equipment have a dedicated channel. Apps I’ve tested are Netflix, HULU+, Amazon Prime Video, Sling, & YouTubeRED. From here out I’ll just say “Apps”. & FireTV will be called the “Cube”. Cons: Amazon Echo Cube FireTV “Alexa” doesn’t get along well with “others”. 1. Stops all TV/ theater operations (basically pauses) every time the wake word is used. So if you are watching FireTV on any of the Apps I listed above and the wake word is used on ANY Echo in my home, The Alexa inside the Echo Cube running FireTV Pauses whatever I am watching for whomever said “Alexa” to finish the command. This even happens when someone in another room talks to “Alexa”. 2. Throughout the day the Cube randomly pauses (so far testing with all the Apps, primarily Netflix) I though maybe its Netflix, but it didn’t matter what App, The Alexa FireTV would randomly pause whatever the show you were watching about 2 times every hour. Sometimes for a few seconds, sometimes for up to 20! This hasn’t stopped at all in the 1st 36 hours so far that I’ve been testing it. I have switched to using Apps (same) built into my 4k-Blu-Ray Players & the TV and neither had a single issue. Its the “Cube” 3. The “Cube” does not work well with the Harmony Elite remote & Hub System yet? When using other devices (Like a Sony Blu-ray Player UPB-X800) and you are watching Apps like Netflix or HULU and the previous episode has ended and the new episode starts (you usually get a timer saying the next episode starts in X time), with a timer of 20-80 second you can give the command “Alexa, Tell (or ask) Harmony to play” and the next episode starts. With the “Cube” it does not start the next episode, it does the opposite! It reverts you back to the episode menu. So instead of starting say; Season 2 Episode 9, you are pulled out and are looking at the Episode list. :( Whether that has anything to do with the remote I doubt, but who knows... 4. SETUP & Pairing! Just FYI when pairing with the Logitech Harmony Remote/Hub the pairing will display as Harmony Keyboard when connecting the “Cube” Via Bluetooth. This can be a bit confusing as I only found out after searching the problem online with previous FireTV owners. I have several Logitech Keyboards for a few PCs and Ipad Pros, so I though that the FireTV was not showing up on Bluetooth at all when it actually was. After pairing with the Harmony remote the remote control itself is fantastic and it gives excellent use of the screen! A side bonus was that FireTV had an option to show the actual Harmony Elite Remote (Picture) with all of the UN-assigned buttons in Orange. This was a huge help as I am using the Echo’s (Alexa) for full house Automation and the only remote I use is the Harmony Elite’s. It has buttons for lights, outlets ect.. So this was a nice touch. See pictures I attached below. 5. I believe FireTV need highlighting on the menu page. Its very easy using FireTV to be navigating the main APP page and lose what you are supposed to be clicking, due to the small text that highlights in orange it can be goofy trying to see what you have currently selected without having to move the remote selector onto an app so it enlarges. This could be simplified by just using an outline box around the APP or text with an Orange (or any color) box instead of the current system. Maybe Amazon is pushing the voice commands a bit too hard? However with the above conflicting problems with voice commands pausing content I choose not to use voice commands. PROs’ 0. I have another Echo box? LOL, but seriously... 1. The option to connect an Ethernet cable is a big deal especially if you live with or around circumstances that require it. Plus if your really going to stream 4k best just use the cable. 2. The IR Booster is nice for those who would hide the “Cube”, but I cant figure out why you would? Maybe its just best if you have a hard IR connection to make and placing that booster will help. 3. FireTV and the “Cube” is built for Apps! No TV, No Blu-ray Player, nothing other than something like this seems to run Apps as well. You can really customize channels, if you want to get into Apps like Kodi (for Free TV/Film content go for it) however I choose Sling as I get 47 channels and 50 hours of cloud based DVR for 5 more dollars! Truly having all your channels and the Cube as a cable box for under $30 a month is great! 4. BIGGEST PLUS = NO MORE Cable box. Here in Alaska (probably everywhere else) its $12 a month per box, we had x3 boxes at $36 a month. We have lived here for 180 months and thats about $6,500.00 to the cable company not counting over priced cable! The Amazon Echo Cube with FireTV will be worth every penny as it gets better! As a stand alone “Cube” and if this is your 1st and only “Alexa” you will LOVE this! Yes it has quirks, but when it comes to Amazon they dont last long!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Not living up to expectations

      Posted
      TampaBayGuy

      I am an owner & loyal fan of all Amazon Fire TV & echo devices because of Amazon superior hardware reliability & customer service. The Cube simply combines some of the Amazon echo features with the Fire TV, With the 1.5 GHZ Quad-core processor & 2 GB RAM, Generous 16 GB hard drive the Cube is quick to response yet you will still encounter lag on large files & games due to the under-performing CPU & the 2GB RAM Installed on this system. Impressive crisp & clear streaming picture even without using a 4K TV Same modern & user friendly interface you will find on all Amazon Fire TV systems, very easy to navigate. Now includes many instructional videos right from the Fire TV homepage under "Fire TV Cube Tips & Tricks". Very simple setup out of the box & very easy to link the Cube to control your TV, Cable, Xbox, Playstation, DVR, Apple TV, Sound System ……..using the “Equipment control” located in the Fire TV Settings, with just few clicks following the onscreen menu and instructions you will be able to add & control any compatible system you want to link to the Fire TV Cube. 16 GB is the total storage on this device but keep in mind you will only have 12.4 GB available, the remaining 4 GB space is used by Amazon OS. If you are wondering if you can still side–load apps and games on the Cube the answer is Yes. This would have been a 5 star rating but, considering; The Fire TV Cube still lacks the SD card & USB ports which is very disappointing for someone who wants to expand the storage, view photos & videos stored on an SD or USB drive or just likes using a USB wireless keyboard without having to plug & unplug adapter each time we need to use a USB adapter, SD adapter or the Ethernet. The cube has 2 GB RAM, 3 GB RAM would have been optimal for this system. Ethernet is supported via included Ethernet Adapter not build in. Still needs software improvement simple example, the voice command “Go to my videos” once there you will not be able to scroll right or left, up or down via voice command & must use the remote to scroll, another is you cannot access Netflix via voice command if you have multiple Netflix profiles, yes the voice command will open Netflix yet it will leave you stranded on the “Who’s watching Netflix” sign in screen. As always and for customer convenience Amazon systems shipped preregistered to the purchaser Amazon account and doesn’t require account password upon activation which makes your account & Amazon photos vulnerable if the device ends up in the wrong hand so be sure if you are purchasing any Amazon system as a gift or just for extra security to select the gift option during checkout, doing so will prevent any misuse of your Amazon account if the package gets lost. For someone who never experienced the previous 2nd Gen. Fire TV box or Echo device this would seems a great device, but for the rest of us the performance of the Cube is way below expectations as it is simply the $69 2017 release of the Fire TV Pendant with some Alexa & echo features added to it. In late 2015 Amazon 2nd Generation Fire TV 4K box was considered by many to be the flagship of all streaming devices, Sadly over the years Amazon did not keep up with the competition and focused more on cutting costs than to offer a higher end streaming device that can actually compete with Nvidia Shield, in my opinion for Amazon to crush other top line streaming devices & become the flagship of all streaming devices they should introduce “Cube Pro” with better CPU, RAM , features & game controller. Once Amazon correct the software issues with a new update I will change my ratings from 3 Stars to 4 and only then I would recommend it to a friend. Bottom line Amazon missed the mark on this one!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      FireStick Cube

      Posted
      bestmichael
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      At first I was suspect before my purchasing. Wondering if I could really use all the purported features, if they worked at all. To my surprised the interactive setup is the best I've ever seen. When came to talking boxes I admit I own a couple of Home mini's they are awesome. But this Cube goes beyond the Home mini, it actually does integrate well with my home entertainment system. I have a Denon AVR-1713 5.1, not the latest and greatest, but a very capable system. Attached is my Directv, Vizio P series 70" TV, and older LG BR DVD player. All the aforementioned devices are Network capable, and I do have a 6-Port GB hub, that runs the main Ethernet cable to my router. Okay here is the payoff, of course you can do all kinds of things with in the Cube itself, pick shows, scroll, etc., but here's the real payoff. Not only does the Cube turn the TV, and the Denon on/off, it does the same with my Directv box, and I can switch between the Cube and Directv. I can raise/lower the volume, and change channels on my Directv. Oh there is more I can control my networked Honeywell AC system. You won't regret paying the premium price, which in all honesty isn't all that expensive. Don't take my word for it. Buy one and take it for a spin.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Disappointed once AGAIN!

      Posted
      Nitmare64

      I was so excited to get the Fire TV Cube when it was announced thinking that Amazon would finally give us the Updated version of the Fire TV 2 that we all been waiting for but i was disappointed once AGAIN! The Fire TV Cube has the same specs as the Fire TV "3". It has a Cheap CPU Quad Core Amlogic S905z with a Mali-450MP that most $25.00 Android Boxes have inside for years at this point. Benchmark Score for the Fire TV Cube are...Single Core 610, Multi-Core 1351. Benchmark Score for the Fire TV 2 (Gen 2) are Single Core 1,557, Mutli-Core 2,908. The Fire TV 2 from 2015 is much more powerful then the Cube. Double Plus the power... Its sluggish, it stutters, very slow scrolling and it takes too much time from button press to on screen action... Also, Alexa is extremely slow to process certain commands that its just better to use the remote. Very disappointed with this streaming box from Amazon, it seems the more popular it gets, in order to make more mark up ,they really cheap out on the chip sets withing the Fire TV line. When they make a really successor to the Fire TV 2 , i will be all in but until then, i will not be purchasing anymore Fire TVs...

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Slow and Buggy

      Posted
      ConanLibrarian
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      At first I thought this was a great product as long I stuck to controlling it via voice. There is a significant amount of lag when scrolling around the main menu using the remote. This lag is also noticeable when scrolling around looking for movies on both Netflix and Hulu. This lag might be tolerable to many patient consumers and I could accept it for a $20 Fire Stick, but not for a $120 device. Setup was simple and it hooked up to my TV by HDMI and my TV was able to output the sound using Dolby Digital to my receiver by digital optical cable. The Ccube could control my TV and my older receiver using the IR transmitter and all I had to say was "Alexa turn on the TV" and both my receiver and TV would turn on to the correct input. So that was a major plus. Other reviewers are correct when they state that Amazon missed an opportunity to control more than just the Cube. Unfortunately, within a few days the Hulu would no longer work and would just crash, despite several restarts. Even though I probably could have worked with Amazon tech support I decided to return it, in case this ended up becoming an on going issue. I also noticed that many reviews on the less popular apps also complained of bugs. So among the bugs and slow processor I decided to return it. Hopefully Amazon will use an adequate processor in any future hardware they release and at least do basic testing on their major apps. I understand not everything is going to work properly in the first month. Even though I don't like the way the Nvidia shield does their IR blaster I will probably spend the extra $20-$30 and get one of those.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good with the possibility of great!

      Posted
      Dustin
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I am loving the FireCube. It is almost worth the money to just walk downstairs while Im picking up toys and say "Turn on the TV, Play 'The Office' on Netflix" all without looking for where the kids have put the remote. I am, however, already in the Amazon system. I have several Echo devices throughout the house and so I am familiar with what it can and cannot do. I love the video aspect so I can ask for new briefing and it will show me the video clip from whatever news source (instead of just listening to it) and my wife and I love playing the Jeopardy app and seeing the clues! Since it works with the Amazon ecosystem, I can just add my tv to routines, so I say "movie night" and my lights adjust and tv turns on! The cons: it is slow if you are used to Apple TV. When I want to watch youtube, it always asks me if I want to watch it via the Firefox browser or a different browser, really annoying. I watch Youtube a lot and so I usually flip over to apple tv when doing so. It seems to be early yet and, like their other devices, I can see them putting some really cool updates into the firecube (Like multi room audio, more dedicated apps with video, etc). Verdict is I really like it (and having an apple tv for many years, I find I use the apple tv a bit less since it is so easy to have Alexa control the videos). I don't think the starting price is bad either (The $200+ for the Echo show is crazy.) If you see this for under $100, Buy it!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Does not live up to expectations

      Posted
      Disappointment

      I bought this as a pre-sale release , i was upgrading a regular Firestick and liked the idea of having a cube that would not only do FireTV but also work my home automation as well as operate the TV , when i got it i set up was easy , everything that its supposed to do it does except for turning the channels on the TV and muting and unmuting the TV , when i ask it to change to channel 321 it goes to channel 21 or channel 32 or channel 3 even though it repeats exactly what i say somewhere between the cube and the satellite box the channel gets mixed up , i called Amazon and was told it was a problem with communication between the cube and DirecTv boxs , i was told i was not the only one with this problem and they were working with DirecTv to fix the problem and would be doing a update when one was available , other then that the cube works as it is supposed to and i am happy with it , although the Tv problem is a drawback for me since that was the main reason i upgraded my Alexa system. I can say i am happy with the customer service acting on my complaint , they have called me several times on the phone to ask me to try some settings changes that might fix the problem , sadly though they didnt help the problem.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Not up to par

      Posted
      Eric

      This review is coming from someone who has every smart home device imaginable. I have been using Harmony and Alexa for the past couple years with pretty reliable results but thought maybe I could eliminate my harmony hubs. I went out and bought 2 of these on release day. The biggest problem for me is when you tell Alexa to turn on the TV she switches the input to the Amazon fire homepage even if your TV was on cable when turned on. That means every time you say alexa turn on the tv you also have to say alexa switch to cable unless you are going to stream something. That is not user friendly at all. Second major problem is I have a tv connected to a sound bar with an optical cable like many people do. When you switch inputs to cable Alexa trys to respond through the sound bar but no sounds come out so you cannot hear any responses if you are on any other input but fire TV. This is the point where I put the cube back in its box and return. FAIL Amazon !

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

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    The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about usability. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 99/100 = Excellent quality.
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