Should You Get An Amazon Firestick?

TV screen with Videos on Demand

The Amazon Firestick is undoubtedly the best and most popular of all the streaming players that are currently available on the market right now. The reasons for their popularity include the fact that they are really easy to use, can be integrated with an Alexa smart speaker, have a large number of streaming apps, and have a search functionality that works better than any other.

What Is Included?

When you purchase an Amazon Firestick it includes a remote control (batteries included), a USB cable, a power adapter, an HDMI cable, and a quick start guide. This is everything that you need to install the Firestick, even if it needs to be mounted behind your television unit. 

How To Install?

Armed with all of these things, the process of installing a Firestick is a pretty straight forward one. In order to really get the most out of your Wi Fi, Amazon recommends that you use the HDMI cable that it comes with. For those individuals who are able to plug it directly into the side of their television set, then do so. You can use the Firestick with some Vizio or Samsung TVs, so the setup is pretty straightforward. However, because of how some TVs are designed or placed within the home, an extender is required in order to get the Firestick into the television set.

Rather than simply plugging the USB cable directly into the TV for a source of power, Amazon recommends that you use the power adapter instead. This is because doing this is a better source of power and lets the Amazon Firestick directly accept firmware updates, even when the television set is switched off.

It should be noted that the USB port that is on the Firestick should only ever be used for a source of power. You should not attach a hard drive device to it and then expect to be able to watch content directly from, like how you can with Roku.

Setting It Up

To access the Firestick from your television, you need to select the correct HDMI input. From there you will be provided with all of the options and settings that you can work through and change accordingly, such as setting the language. Once done, it is then time to connect it to your Wi Fi network. This is a rather cumbersome process on the Firestick, but no more so than on any other similar product. 

After you have done all of these things, you are played a short introductory video that tells you all about the main functions and features of it. You can find out more about what you can do with a Firestick at this site


There are no doubts that this is a good player for watching the latest video content on. This is coupled with the fact that the interface is really intuitive to use and the picture quality is second to none. However, if you are not used to the whole Amazon ecosystem or are not into the whole Alexa smart speaker thing, then there are other worthy contenders out there that you should take a look at instead.

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