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Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max review

Priced at $99.

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The CHOICE Expert Rating, our overall score, is based on the scores for ease of use (50%), remote control (40%) and standby energy (10%).

Ease of use score View more details.

We look for how easy it is to set up the device and how intuitive the on-screen display and menu system is to carry out various tasks.

Remote control score View more details.

We look for buttons big enough to press without touching the adjacent ones, and clear labels, ideally with different shapes to quickly associate with different tasks. Devices that do not come with a remote as standard are noted but not penalised in the overall score. However the lack of a remote may have implications to the ease of use score. A recommended smartphone app is used in place of the remote.

Standby power consumption score View more details.

Standby energy score is made with the unit in standby mode. Models that measure greater than 2W score 0%, 1 and 1.9W score 40%, 0.5 and 0.9W score 80%, and less than 0.5W score 100%.

Price View more details.

Recommended retail price.

$99
Annual running cost View more details.

Calculated at 40c per kW/h, 14 hours in standby and 10 hours in use per day.

$4
Internal storage (GB) View more details.

Even if you're only streaming TV shows, apps are still stored locally. If your streaming device only has a small storage space and you're subscribed to a lot of streaming services, you may find that you need to uninstall apps you're not using.

8
Ethernet port
No
Memory card reader View more details.

For microSD.

No
Toslink View more details.

Also known as optical audio.

No
Bluetooth
Yes
Dimensions (mm, H x W x D)
30 x 100 x 15
Operating system View more details.

At the time of testing.

Fire OS 7.6.4.6
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amazon.com.au
4K capable View more details.

Can the device stream 4K (aka UHD) content. Note, access to 4K content may require a premium subscription on some streaming services.

Yes
HDR View more details.

Can the device stream high dynamic range (HDR) content. Note, access to HDR content may require a premium subscription on some streaming services.

HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision
User profiles
Yes
Child profiles View more details.

Profiles that filter and restrict content not suitable for children. Some devices can apply this broadly in the system settings, others require activation individual apps.

No
Netflix
Yes
Stan
Yes
Amazon Prime Video View more details.

This covers the subscription-based Prime Video service and the rent/buy Prime Video Store.

Yes
Disney+
Yes
Binge
Yes
YouTube
Yes
Paramount+
Yes
Foxtel Now
No
Kayo Sports
Yes
Apple TV+ View more details.

This only covers the subscription-based AppleTV+ service and does not include rent/buy Apple TV store.

Yes
BritBox
Yes
Crunchyroll
Yes
Tubi
Yes
ABC iView
Yes
SBS On Demand
Yes
7plus
Yes
9Now
Yes
10 play
Yes
Plex View more details.

Does the device support Plex. Plex lets you stream media from a local device such as a NAS and their free streaming service. Support for local media streaming varies across devices. Note, some devices may not support all app features such as 4K and surround sound.

Yes
Chromecast
No
Apple AirPlay View more details.

Apple AirPlay lets you wirelessly stream content between supported devices, using a proprietary Apple protocol.

No
USB in View more details.

USB in allows you to connect movies stored on a USB device to the streaming device connected to your TV and watch the movie on your TV.

No
DLNA View more details.

The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) enabled devices can communicate with each other to share content across your home network. A common use is streaming video from a DLNA enabled laptop to DLNA supported streaming devices.

Yes
Wi-Fi direct View more details.

Lets devices directly connect to one another without having to join the local wireless network. This means you can connect your device to the TV to show movies stored on it without a confusing setup procedure.

Yes
Miracast View more details.

Mirrors the screen of the device (e.g. phone or laptop) connected to the streaming device, to display it on your TV.

Yes
Home search screen View more details.

Just like a TV guide, the home search screen is a good place to start when looking for a show or movie you want to watch.

Yes
Netflix remote button View more details.

A dedicated button for Netflix makes it easy to access the service.

Yes
Stan remote button View more details.

A dedicated button for Stan makes it easy to access the service.

No
YouTube remote button View more details.

A dedicated button for YouTube makes it easy to access the service.

No
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