The Amazon Fire TV Stick is one of those devices that punches way above its weight. For something no larger than a USB stick, you get access to the Amazon ecosphere, including games, TV and pretty much anything Prime has going on.

What is the Amazon Fire TV Stick?

The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a small device that slots into an HDMI port on your TV. It sits inline and doesn’t take up too much space. The kit comes with an HDMI cable extender just in case your port is difficult to get to. A nice thought that will help with a lot of installs. It comes with a remote too for added convenience. It’s cheap too.

With the TV Stick you get access to Amazon TV, of course, but also Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Instant, Sky News, HBO GO, YouTube and Spotify. While there is a lot going on with Amazon Prime, it’s nice to not be tied in to a single service. It’s good to have choices. There are games too but these are less impressive.

How does it work?

To get the Amazon Fire TV Stick working, plug the stick itself into an HDMI port on your TV. Plug it into the adapter and lead that comes with it and that into the mains or a spare USB port on your TV. Connect it to your Wi-Fi network and make sure it can reach the Amazon servers and you’re pretty much done.

Once connected, a short introductory video plays and then you are unleashed into the app. From there, you are free to use it as you see fit. You can also move it to a different TV and as long as it can connect to the same network, will simply work.

Using the Amazon Fire TV Stick

The UI is pretty straightforward. If you have used the Fire TV Box, it’s the same. On the left is the navigation bar. In the center are the app tiles and the inevitable ads. That’s pretty much it. Using the UI is slick and seamless. The remote control is responsive and works well but there is also a smartphone app you can use in its place. The phone app also allows voice searching, which is an added bonus.

When you order a Amazon Fire TV Stick, you are given the option to link it to your Amazon account. This will enable purchases out of the box. Otherwise, hit Settings and you can set everything up when you’re ready.

The Amazon Fire TV Stick is refreshingly simple to use and works well. Yes you certainly do need to be a Prime member to get the best out of it but in return you get a very slick experience. I wouldn’t be without mine!

See how it compares to Chromecast and Roku here.