What is the better box – Fire TV Cube or Roku Ultra?
The Fire TV Cube has upgraded internals from last year’s device for increased speed and performance. What is particularly great about this device is that it can function as a traditional Echo smart speaker when the TV is off. True multifunctionality!
- Hexa-core processor for a faster Fire
- New usability features like Local Voice Control
- Serves as an Echo speaker when TV is off
- Hands-free or voice remote Alexa controls
- Some may not like the shape of the box
- A little on the expensive side
The Roku Ultra remains one of the best values in streaming devices. In addition to great specs and a svelte design, you get usability enhancements like Lost Remote Finder and a headphone set up in the remote for night/quiet listening.
- Voice control not as good as Fire TV Cube
- No Dolby Vision or HDR 10 +
Amazon and Roku are the current kings of streaming TV services and devices. Both offer a range of streaming sticks, boxes, and smart TVs with their operating systems built-in. So which one should you choose for your viewing pleasure? We’ll lay out the facts to help you decide.
What’s great about the All-New Fire TV Cube (2019)?
The All-New Fire TV Cube (2019) remains the only real set-top streaming box in Amazon’s arsenal, but it’s not any ordinary streamer. One of the key selling points of this product is that it combines a top-of-the-line media TV box with what is essentially an Amazon Echo for a sort of two-in-one powerhouse device.
This latest edition features some significant internal upgrades over the previous version, including an enhanced processor with six cores as opposed to four, Dolby Vision and HDR 10+ video support, and Dolby Atmos audio experience. It has multi-directional infrared and beamforming technology that enables you to control your smart TV experience with Alexa better.
Plus, it can even be used as an Amazon Echo smart speaker when the TV is turned off. Alexa is also enhanced by a new featured called Local Voice Control. Local Voice Control leverages the better processor and microphone array to perform simple or repetitive user interface tasks on-device rather than in the cloud, resulting in a snappier experience.
Amazon’s Fire TV devices also excel when it comes to smart home integration. With the All-New Fire TV Cube, you can easily ask Alexa to show your Blink camera’s feed of the side yard, or see who is at the door through your Ring Doorbell. You can also enable features like Alexa Guard from your All-New Fire TV Cube, and set up routines and control groups of devices directly through the box.
All Amazon Fire TV devices come with access to a vast library of Prime Video content, as well as access to third-party apps like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Go. Fire TV devices also get you access to IMDB TV, which features tons of on-demand free content with limited commercial interruption.
What’s great about the Roku Ultra?
The Roku Ultra is the top-of-the-line Roku set-top box. Like Ama