Amazon’s Fire TV Cube has always been a bit of a curiosity. The company obviously wanted to combine an Echo Dot with a Fire TV streaming player, but it took a few tries before we really liked it. Now with the third generation Fire TV CubeAmazon gives it a more premium shine with a fabric-covered design, a more powerful 2GHz octa-core processor, and an HDMI input to connect your cable box. Doing so will allow you to tune the Fire TV Cube to specific channels with voice commands – you know, for those of you who can’t let your local sports go.
Given that new hardware, Amazon says the Fire TV Cube will feel much faster than before. It’s also the first streamer on the market to support WiFi 6E, which should help if you’re dealing with massive 4K streams. When it comes to older content, Amazon has also included Super Resolution support for upscaling HD video to 4K. It’s unclear if older content actually looks better, but we’re looking forward to testing it out.
In addition to the $140 Fire TV cubeAmazon also announced the $35 Alexa Voice Remote Pro, which is unfortunately sold separately. It features backlighting and programmable buttons for launching your favorite streaming apps. Perhaps the most convenient? There’s a Remote Finder feature, which lets you ask Alexa to activate a sound in case the Remote Pro gets stuck in your couch. That’s a big advantage over Apple’s easy-to-lose Apple TV remote.
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