Now is the time to wave a goodbye message to your old living room set-top boxes! Amazon has proved that the e-tailer still has a few surprises up its sleeve. Moreover, Amazon has also announced the Fire TV Stick which is said to have a ridiculously affordable version of the set-top hardware that appears to have left little behind on its way to the shrink-ray. Well it is quite obvious that by now if taken as the main preference, some stick-sized media streamers are somewhat old hat by, and one crushing point is that this route has already been greatly accessed and travelled by Google’s Chrome Cast and the Roku Streaming Stick – and it has been already given that Fire TV Stick will not arrive until just before Black Friday, there is no surety if it is as amazing as Amazon has claimed about it. In the meantime, below are given some technical specifications and other product details to go through, which is enough for a minute opening for over and see how Fire TV Stick is being loaded up against the competition.
There is hardly any denial so; you have to face the exact fact about it. There is only so much engineers can do with a device not much bigger than a stick of gum, so the buyers of this product should really not expect too many design miracles from Amazon, Roku or Google. The trailblazing Chrome cast is easily the most shapely model out of the series, also adopting a more rounded look toward the rear of its 72 x 35 x 12 mm frame, while the Roku Streaming Stick makes up for its otherwise squares 79 x 28 x 13 mm (3.1 x 1.1 x 0.5 inch) looks by adopting the same purple hue as the company’s logo.
For being the new kid in the series, the Fire TV Stick is pretty utilitarian when the question comes to its design, it is then safe to say that it is simply a 84.9 x 25 x 11.5 mm that is 3.3 x 1.0 x 0.5 inches black rectangle with the Amazon logo emblazoned on one side, a standard male HDMI Type A connector at one end, and a micro-USB on the opposite side which is used for power only. Well, looks may be one thing, but any of these devices are likely to be unplugged and tossed into a bag or purse for taking entertainment on the road; thankfully, they are all quite light and portable, with the Chrome cast packing on the most weight at 34 grams (just shy of 1.2 ozs.), which is followed by Fire TV Stick at 25.1 grams (0.9 oz.) and the Roku Streaming Stick at 18.1 grams (0.64 oz.).
Well, some points could be awarded to Amazon for its ability in order to make the otherwise generic-looking Fire TV Stick pretty much disappear onto the back of most HDTV sets, which is more than you can say for Roku’s device, which sticks out like a sore thumb.