Amazon has a new device on the block, the Fire TV Cube. It is their latest intelligent piece of hardware that combines an Echo Dot with a Fire TV for a great all-in-one entertainment experience. You can use this device to integrate your smart home and media under one Amazon device.
About the Fire TV Cube
Fire TV Cube is the first hands-free streaming media player with Alexa, delivering an all-in-one entertainment experience. You can request a show from across the room and Cube turns on your TV and starts playing it. So your entertainment is now controlled by voice commands which is cool.
With far-field voice recognition, eight microphones, and beam-forming technology, Fire TV Cube hears you from any direction which is great if you are moving around the room. Use voice commands to control compatible TVs, sound bars, and A/V receivers. Plus, tune to live TV channels with cable and satellite boxes from top providers just by asking Alexa.
Cube vs Fire TV
Fire TV Cube is very similar to Fire TV as far as specs. They both have the same 1.5GHz quad-core processor, dual-band Wi-Fi, 4K ultra HD support, HDR-10 support, Alexa voice remote, and Dolby Atmos audio standard. The difference between the two is that the Fire TV Cube has 16GB of storage space, an Ethernet adapter, built-in speaker, support for voice control of TVs and other devices, and 2GB of RAM.
The remote controller is identical to the Fire TV, but you get an Infrared (IR) extension unit in the box. This IR unit allows the Cube to control other A/V equipment by emulating the remote control. This is good for slightly older equipment, which may not support the latest standards.
Should I buy it?
If you want to unify your smart home and TV experience the Fire TV Cube is right for you. For those just getting started on a smart home, this device will help you control your media system as it will turn on your TV and other equipment via voice command.
If you don’t have a smart home and already have a Fire TV with an echo device then the Cube is probably not necessary since those two devices do most of the same things as the Cube. If you don’t have those 2 devices and want to move to a smart home setup, then the Cube may be a good investment. It costs around $120 and is about 3.5 x 3 inches overall so it is small and not too noticeable.
One thing to consider is that we are moving more towards smart homes. If you want to get ahead of the curve and don’t already have the Fire TV and an echo, this would be a good start to get your home connected. It is a pretty cool little device that can do a lot even with the TV off. Alexa can check weather, play music, and soon will support sleep timers. You may also think of this an investment in future smart home features. Amazon says they are working on even more integrations. Pretty cool stuff.