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We’ve heard rumors that Amazon would be bringing some sort of Android device for watching videos and playing games to market. Those rumors turned out to be true, because Amazon launched the $99 Fire TV, a device not unlike the Apple TV, but with gaming as a perk. Of course, this is an incredibly competitive space, but if there’s a company out there that can jump right in and make waves, it would most definitely be Amazon.

So how does the Fire TV perform? Well, we ordered the device itself as well as their gaming controller and tested them. Even better, we are giving both away to one lucky reader, so you just might get a free Fire TV for yourself. Keep reading to find out how to enter.

Introducing The Amazon Fire TV

If you’re looking for a device that you can hook up to your TV to play your favorite video streaming applications like Netflix and YouTube, you have seemingly unlimited options to choose from. As such, it seems crazy for another company to jump into that space, but that is just what Amazon is doing with their new Fire TV. Of course, Amazon is not just any company, they already have one of the largest media streaming services – Amazon Instant Video. It only makes sense to have their own hardware to support that.

Of course, Amazon is going head-to-head with Apple and their $99 Apple TV, something they are certainly not afraid of, as they’ve already done in the past with the tablet space and their Kindle Fire line (we reviewed the Kindle Fire Kindle Fire Review and Giveaway Kindle Fire Review and Giveaway It’s a brand new year, and I am proud to be part of something brand new here at MakeUseOf: An independent hardware review followed by a giveaway. Today we’ll be giving away an Amazon Kindle... Read More and the Fire HDX Amazon Kindle Fire HDX Review and Giveaway Amazon Kindle Fire HDX Review and Giveaway Is the Kindle Fire HDX worth owning if you haven't owned a Kindle before? To find out, we purchased a 16 GB Kindle Fire HDX 7" (Wi-Fi) without special offers for $244, and we're giving... Read More ). It’s also competing with devices like the Roku 3 (read our review Roku 3 Review and Giveaway Roku 3 Review and Giveaway As more content becomes available online, the need for a traditional television subscription may not be enough anymore to justify the costs. If you’re already subscribed to services like Netflix or Hulu Plus, now may... Read More ). All three devices come with the same exact $99 price tag, which opens video watchers to a wide range of choices.

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Now, the difference between the Fire TV and the other mentioned devices is the fact that it also offers games. As such, it seems to exist in the same space as the OUYA (which we reviewed OUYA Review And Giveaway OUYA Review And Giveaway When the OUYA was first announced and funded on Kickstarter, the Internet was positively buzzing over the possibilities for this tiny Android-based console. Kickstarter backers began receiving their consoles months ago, and early reports were... Read More ) and GameStick (which we also reviewed GameStick Review and Giveaway GameStick Review and Giveaway We have the GameStick and its controller in our hands, and we've had some time to explore the games available, and of course, play them. Read More ). Both of those devices are far more focused on games than the Fire TV, and both have far fewer media applications available.

In the end, even though it’s a competitive market, Amazon is kind of existing in their own space, as the Fire TV is the only device that’s pretty close to 50-percent focus on games and 50-percent focus on consuming media. That begs the question: can the Fire TV find the perfect balance between the two? Or will it fail miserably at both?

Initial Impressions

When the Fire TV first arrived, I was impressed with the packaging. It does a good job of getting you excited about what’s inside. Once you’ve cracked it open, you will notice that the Fire TV bears a resemblance to the Apple TV, only a little longer, wider, and flatter. It’s like someone took Apple’s device and crushed it down a bit. It even has the same matte black finish on it, and it is a great looking piece of hardware.

The next thing you will notice is the remote. It features a finish that matches the Fire TV itself, and it has all the right buttons. On the top of the remote, you’ll find the microphone button, which is used for voice search. Below that is a circular ring that is used as arrow keys for navigating through menus, and within that ring is the general select button. Below that, you will see two rows of three buttons, which are used for specific functions: Back, Home, Menu, Rewind, Play/Pause, and Forward. It’s a simple remote, but it does the job and is quite comfortable to hold.

The set up process is insanely easy, so even if you’re not at all tech savvy, you will be able to hook up your Fire TV and use it within a couple of minutes. All you need to do is plug the HDMI and power cables in, follow the on-screen instructions to get the device connected to the Internet, and then you will be ready to start using your Fire TV as a media player and basic gaming device.

Specifications

One thing Amazon was making a hype about was the high-grade components inside the Fire TV. Because it’s not just a device aimed at watching videos, but rather one that also needs to run games with an acceptable level of performance, Amazon had to pack the Fire TV with some pretty solid hardware.

Starting with the processor, it comes with a Qualcomm Krait 300, quad-core model, where most of the Fire TV’s competitors use dual or single core chips. Amazon also included 2 GB DDR2 RAM, and between this and the processor, you can definitely feel that it’s a very snappy box that responds quickly and loads apps in an instant.

A dedicated GPU is included for playing games with decent graphics. It has a Qualcomm Adreno 320 graphics card, which certainly can’t rival your dedicated home gaming console. But as far as mobile processors go (because that’s technically what this is) it’s solid, and it runs all of the games offered without any issue.

As for internal storage, Amazon included 8 GB of memory, which should suffice for downloading apps and games from the online store. Additionally, it also has access to Amazon’s cloud storage features to save room on the device itself.

In terms of hookups, the Fire TV has power, HDMI, optical audio, ethernet, and USB; you can plug everything you need into it easily enough.

Available Media Applications

The Amazon Fire TV includes all of the big players in the video streaming space, but as you might expect, Amazon Instant Video provides the core media experience. You will also find Netflix, YouTube (though the YouTube app is actually just a Web browser optimized to work on the device), Crackle, Pandora, Vimeo, and many others. For watching local videos, the Fire TV offers Plex, but it’s not a free app and will require a small purchase.

The Fire TV also has an active app store, just like on iOS and stock Android, so new apps will most likely be added to expand the capabilities of the device. Although currently the store has the apps you need, there is nothing you can’t find elsewhere from its competitors — your average smart TV or video game console. Even though the Fire TV’s hardware allows it to be a potentially better performer than other devices on the market, it’s certainly not going to justify replacing your existing setup.

Living With the Fire TV As A Media Player

The Fire TV is a perfectly competent media player. It has all of the media streaming apps you’d expect, and even some nifty features like using voice search to find what you need. Ironically, voice search is also one of the main drawbacks of the device as it only returns results from Amazon Instant Video. So this means that even though the movie you’re looking for is available through Netflix (which you’ve already paid for), the voice search results will only list paid rental options from Amazon. If Amazon could figure out a way to search through all of installed apps on the Fire TV, then it would be very useful. But as it stands right now, it’s just a way to suck you into watching videos on Amazon’s service. That being said, I found it to be amazingly accurate, so it does have that going for it.

Another issue with the Fire TV is the lack of support for media center applications like XBMC. Yes, you can sideload them to the device using the Fire TV’s developer mode, but for your average consumer, this is going to be a process that is far too daunting. I am glad XBMC is available, but just like an Apple TV, the process of installing it is a little too hard, especially when so many other media players offer XBMC right out of the box.

If you own a Kindle Fire, the Fire TV is a great deal made better with the ability to quickly share media from the tablet to the media center. It works much like AirPlay on an Apple TV. However, for apps like YouTube, you can still connect other smartphones and cast what you are watching on your mobile device to the Fire TV. This worked quite well in my testing, and it’s a feature I see myself using quite often.

In the end, the Fire TV is a great media player. If you’re currently using Amazon’s video and cloud services, it’s perfect. All of the hype Amazon made about speed and performance was spot on, because it’s without a doubt one of the fastest set-top media players you are going to find on the market today.

Playing Games On The Fire TV

Let’s get this out of the way right in the beginning, this device will not replace your Xbox One or PS4. Does it have some decent games available? Sure. But they are still Android games being played on a TV.

Despite that, the Fire TV is not a bad way to play video games. Right out of the box, you can download lots of free games from the store and play them with the very same remote you use for controlling your media. Of course, these are basic games, as you generally need a more complex controller for advanced games, which brings us to the $39.99 game controller (sold separately).

The game controller isn’t great, and surprisingly, this seems to be a trend among Android game consoles. I’ll be honest — this game controller is not as bad as the OUYA, which will forever hold a special place in my heart as the worst modern controller I’ve ever used.

On the surface, Amazon’s game controller looks like a lot like the Xbox 360’s with four face buttons, two offset joysticks, a d-pad, two triggers, and two shoulder buttons. It also has buttons in the middle for operations such as back, home, and so on. On the bottom of the controller, you will find a few media control buttons: play, fast-forward, and rewind. These buttons are included because the controller can be used to play media, so you don’t need to keep track of both remotes all the time, just use either one.

As far the comparisons to the Xbox 360 controller go, the layout is the end. Microsoft pours a painstaking amount of research into delivering the optimal feel and comfort while holding their controller in your hand, it and seems Amazon forgot to do that — the handles feel too short, the joysticks are far too slippery, and the jump from triggers to shoulder buttons feels too long and awkward — it just feels wrong. The d-pad is pretty decent, so it’s not all bad, but as far as controllers go, there are many far better offerings.

$1.85 is the average price of games from Amazon’s store, which could be construed as positive or negative, depending on how you look at it. On one hand, you get what you pay for, and if all you can buy are games that average under $2, you are looking at a bunch of basic games that might not hold your interest for too long. On the other hand, it also means there’s a low barrier to entry, so you can get tucked into gaming without spending $60 or more on full-priced console and PC games. Really, it depends on what you are looking for. If you want to play games like Titanfall and Watch Dogs, you need to look elsewhere; if you want the same kinds of games you play on your phone or tablet, then the Fire TV has you covered.

To put it simply, when you watch Amazon’s announcement of the device, you will see that games were the second marketing push, and if you are going to buy the device, playing video games should be your second intention as well. While Amazon has gone out and purchased some solid game developers, specifically Double Helix, for the time being most of the games on the Fire TV are nothing more than minor distractions, and not something you are going to spend hours with.

Should you buy the Amazon Fire TV?

All in all, I like the Fire TV, but I can’t say that I am in love with it. It’s fast, it has most of the key apps you would expect to see, and it has some games that are good for a quick thrill. The gaming controller is not a good piece of hardware, but right now, very few games require it. The Fire TV doesn’t really offer any ground-breaking features, but possibly could in the future, thanks to its impressive hardware.

Our verdict of the Amazon Fire TV:
MakeUseOf recommends: Buy it if you are in need of a new media player, but you shouldn’t replace the one you already own.
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  1. Robert Backlund
    December 22, 2015 at 4:22 am

    I realize that this is rather a dated article, however someone like myself may see it and give it a read. I have to admit that I have not used either the Apple product or any of the Amazon Fire Tv boxes but when I was shopping for these kind of devices I did a lot of reading and comparison. I take exception with the authors comments about the Amazon product as being an Android device this is wrong and very miss leading, Amazon forked the Amazon code a few years ago and I think they call their OS Fire OS or something similar. Calling it an Android device is very misleading because when one sees this they expect to have full access to the Google Play Store and all of its apps which is not the case here, you only get access to Amazon app store.

    When I was doing my comparison These devices were not even a close second and third on my list. I purchased the Nvidia Shield Pro Android TV and though more expensive to me the price was worth the investment. The Shield Android TV is the best streaming and gaming device of this type on the market. The Shield Android TV at the time of this article was the only device capable of streaming 4K content and only the most recent versions of the Apple and Fire TV can handle 4K, when it comes to gaming all other devices trail the Shield Android TV by a substantial margin. The Shield is the most powerful and has the highest gaming bench marks of any device in this category. It is also the only device that if you have a gaming PC with an Nvidia GPU that you can stream the PC games that are being run by your PC. Nvidia also has developed the best game streaming service and currently offers 65 PC games that are run on their servers and streamed to your Shield TV or Shield Tablet for only $7.99/month. Along with these features the Pro version of the Shield TV has 500 GB SSD of internal storage along with two USB 3 ports. The base model of the Shield TV at $150 is still a much better buy than any of its competitors because it has the same hardware as the Pro model except for the 500 GB of storage, it has 16 GBs of storage that is equal to and in some cases is twice as much as some. Because of having the USB 3 ports that no one else has you can plug in an external USB 3 drive that contains media content, I routinely plug in my 5 TB Samsung USB 3 drive that has movies and music. Oh and as a plus add on it contains the hardware of the Google Chrome Cast and it is called Google Cast so you can cast anything from your Android or iOS mobile devices. So if you are in the market for this type of device please do yourself a favor and give the Nvidia Shield Android a serious look.

  2. Gordon Clark
    May 3, 2014 at 9:22 am

    An Amazon Fire TV. The ability to use this across multiple media formats far outweighs the Apple TV and other Apple products which are particularly stubborn when it comes to format compatibility.

    • julia lloyds
      May 13, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      Amazon has launched its newest advance Fire TV which is a small set top box that comes with 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 320 graphics engine that process more than 56 floating point commands per second for excellent flexibility and lightning fast graphics. It even has 4x more memory than that of Apple TV therefore video load faster and games work smoother. It supports HDMI and stream video up to Full HD 1080p with dual band, dual antenna Wi-Fi. It features optical audio output and you can attach Dolby Digital Plus surround Sound up to 7.1 channels. It even exhibits Bluetooth function which means that you do not have to target your signal to tiny set top box, you can keep your Fire TV in a cabinet, left, right or top of your HDTV.

      http://www.mytechgalaxy.com/amazons-new-fire-tv-media-player-review

  3. Peter H
    May 3, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Amazon Fire TV

  4. Morrison
    May 3, 2014 at 4:49 am

    Would first try the Amazon Fire, but runner up would be a Chromecast

  5. Ghelo M
    May 3, 2014 at 2:28 am

    I would buy Amazon Fire Tv

  6. Lisa Wilkinson
    May 2, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    The Amazon Fire TV

  7. Farhana
    May 2, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Amazon fire tv

  8. Deborah Bird
    May 2, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I would ask the hubby to buy one lol

  9. stephaniet
    May 2, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I would definitely like to try the Amazon Fire Tv.

  10. thiagu
    May 2, 2014 at 9:08 am

    try one of Amazon fire or Imoega media centre

  11. John P
    May 2, 2014 at 1:54 am

    I'd buy a Roku

  12. Jason England
    May 2, 2014 at 1:01 am

    I would get a Chromecast

  13. Suresh K Volam
    May 1, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    I already have Chromecast, but will try if I find a better one.

  14. Michael W Perkins
    May 1, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    I try Amazon Fire

  15. Adrian
    May 1, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    I would buy the Amazon Fire TV!

  16. megan blumenthal
    May 1, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    I would buy the Amazon Fire TV!

  17. Joel G
    May 1, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Is too soon to say which one I like the most, but I've give the Amazon Fire TV a chance.

  18. D-J Russell
    May 1, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    I would just use my PC if my Samsung smart tv didn't already have the function I needed.

  19. Vicki S
    May 1, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I already have a ChromeCast but it would be nice to try the Amazon Fire. Looks excellent!

  20. Maricel R
    May 1, 2014 at 6:55 am

    The Amazon Fire Tv

  21. Nicholas Green
    May 1, 2014 at 2:15 am

    Not sure, the Amazon Fire TV looks good, but I might well opt for a full media center PC.

  22. Shanaan Cameau
    May 1, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Amazon Fire TV

  23. katie skeoch
    April 30, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    the Amazon Fire TV

  24. Mike O
    April 30, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Never had one to poor to afford one but id try amazon

  25. caroline beagan
    April 30, 2014 at 9:11 am

    would probably be the Amazon Fire TV if of course I win the lottery :)

  26. Ed
    April 29, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    The Fire looks great, and I would likely buy it if I did not already have a Roku and BlueRay with Internet.

  27. Yolanda D
    April 29, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    i only really know about the now tv and roku ones but if i was going to but one i would find out about others

  28. Abdelrahman El-Feky
    April 29, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Amazon Fire

  29. Dan Vaughn
    April 29, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Not sure. I need to see more reviews of the choices.

  30. Derek Colanduno
    April 29, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I'd probably end up getting a Fire, mainly since all the folks here in my house tend to have Amazon Prime.

  31. jill elliott
    April 28, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Amazon Fire yes please

  32. Simone
    April 28, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Amazon Fire tv I guess

  33. Alex
    April 28, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Amazon Fire

  34. Brian
    April 27, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Probably a roku

  35. Lauren
    April 27, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    I'm not sure what I would buy. I know the most about Google Chromecast and Apple TV.

  36. Edmund S
    April 27, 2014 at 1:37 am

    If I needed a media centre/streamer, I’d buy a Chromecast!

  37. Jacob
    April 27, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Amazon Fire because I already do much of my stuff through Amazon Prime Instant Video

  38. anita
    April 26, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    amazon fire

  39. Tate S
    April 26, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    The Amazon Fire~ I guess

  40. Kyle D
    April 26, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    If I needed a media center/streamer, I’d buy which ever gave me more for my money. I haven't really looked into them really. My PS3 does what I need.

  41. Mary S.
    April 26, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Amazon Fire

  42. Bill
    April 26, 2014 at 10:18 am

    The fire I guess

  43. Phillip
    April 26, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Amazon Fire

  44. Joe
    April 25, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    I would need to decide after the rumored new Apple TV is out.

  45. Caitlin Zeigler
    April 25, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    If I needed a media center/streamer, I'd buy an Amazon Fire because I use Amazon products and I like how it's a lot less integrated like Apple is with it's products.

  46. Matthew W
    April 25, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    ... an Amazon Fire TV.

  47. Felicia Gano
    April 25, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    I would have to do a little more research, but this one is looking up. I think it has great potential for the future.

  48. elizabeth
    April 25, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Would try Amazon fire TV, I have two kindles and I like those.

  49. Sam K
    April 25, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    I'll go for Amazon Fire TV..seems good

  50. Sasi Uppuganti
    April 25, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Set "Fire" (pun intended) to other brands and go with reinvent life with Amazon Fire.

  51. kurt kidder
    April 25, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Amozon Fire

  52. maida cicvara
    April 25, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    amazing giveaway i love it <3

  53. Catherine M
    April 25, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    not sure, things change too fast that I am leary to put my hard earned money on anything. Might wait this trend out awhile and see what is next.

  54. Jón
    April 25, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Apple TV

  55. Tyler Martin
    April 25, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    a Fire TV.

  56. Nancy G
    April 25, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    ... an Amazon Fire TV device.

  57. Jack
    April 25, 2014 at 4:04 am

    No idea, I'd need to do more research.

  58. Alex B
    April 25, 2014 at 2:14 am

    Amazon Fire TV

  59. George A
    April 25, 2014 at 1:11 am

    I do a lot of business with Amazon and have looked at this product for a while. It would do the trick for me.

  60. Beth Elder
    April 24, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I'd buy Apple.

  61. sandra
    April 24, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    i would probably try the amazon fire - gary busey is convincing!

  62. Donna
    April 24, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Probably Apple TV

  63. Hayley Wiggs
    April 24, 2014 at 11:31 am

    If I needed a media centre/streamer, I'd buy... one. I have no idea. I'd have to do some more research.

  64. Mburu S
    April 24, 2014 at 10:49 am

    i like the fact that it support plex and also one can side load xbmc. these are my two best mediacenters.
    hope i will be lucky this time to get one

  65. Adly A
    April 24, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Amazon Fire TV, as I'm not really sure myself.

  66. Stephanie S
    April 24, 2014 at 7:25 am

    If I needed a media player, I would seriously consider this product. i would have to do more research and see it for myself. In other words, I would need to hold the product in my hands.
    The price is pretty good and I didn't see anything negative in this review. I was hoping t would see more user reviews but am too tired at this point to go look for them.

  67. Patti Harris
    April 24, 2014 at 6:07 am

    Amazon Fire TV

  68. Phil N
    April 24, 2014 at 5:12 am

    My other comment aside if I was buying one of these I would definitely buy this one. it looks like the best option for sure.

  69. Phil N
    April 24, 2014 at 5:09 am

    They clearly did not copy the xbox controller, they copied the OnLive controller. There's no even remote doubt about that. They look almost identical.

  70. J. R.
    April 24, 2014 at 4:41 am

    If I needed a media center/streamer I'd but a Amazon Fire TV. If I don't win one, that's exactly what I plan to do.

  71. Brian
    April 24, 2014 at 4:33 am

    I would most likely buy a Roku 3.

  72. Brian
    April 24, 2014 at 4:32 am

    I would most likely buy a Roku 3.

  73. David Manzi
    April 24, 2014 at 4:31 am

    I am honestly not sure for what TV set top box I would aim for. I always used an HTPC, but i be more then willing to clean up my TV viewing area and try a smaller and prettier set to box like the amazon fire tv. It seems to have all the major features I am looking for.

  74. Prajwal P
    April 24, 2014 at 4:02 am

    amazon fire tv

  75. Justin
    April 24, 2014 at 3:52 am

    If I was to buy a media center I would just upgrade my HTPC!

  76. Doug D
    April 24, 2014 at 3:48 am

    Get a blu-ray player with streaming

  77. Maria S.
    April 24, 2014 at 1:38 am

    I would buy whatever is cheapest . . . that works.

  78. Tom S
    April 24, 2014 at 12:55 am

    The Fire TV

  79. Bogdan Duman
    April 24, 2014 at 12:50 am

    I’d buy an Amazon Fire TV

  80. Athena
    April 23, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    I'm not sure, I haven't looked into any of them yet really.

  81. Bill Fleet
    April 23, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    I already have AppleTV, Roku and Google TV, but the Fire looks like something to add to the new media room.

  82. Andy
    April 23, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Roku or Fire

  83. Michael B
    April 23, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    At this point a Fire TV. When Android TV is released, it will be that.

  84. Míss R
    April 23, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I'd buy an Amazon Fire TV

  85. Joel
    April 23, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    I have a Chromecast, but the Amazon Fire TV looks prettyyy nice.

  86. doe smith
    April 23, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    nexus 7 + chromecast

  87. susan
    April 23, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Apple was my on my wish list, but this article has changed my mind. Now its Amazon Fire

  88. J. Keene
    April 23, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Roku, by far... Roku.

  89. Philip Austin
    April 23, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    I Would Purchase This Little Beauty - The Amazon Fire TV

    If I Had The Dough

  90. Mehul B
    April 23, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Amazon fire tv

  91. Todd H
    April 23, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I've built my own in the past so, I'm not sure what I would buy. This seems like a good one to start with though.

  92. John R
    April 23, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I think I'd still buy a Roku at this point, but it's a tough call, the Amazon Fire TV looks really good.

  93. Jim Morgan
    April 23, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Probably a Roku, but I'm certainly willing to give the Amazon Fire a whirl.

  94. Francesco Fiorino
    April 23, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    The Apple TV

  95. Michael M
    April 23, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I was thinking about a Roku but may get the Amazon fire tv instead

  96. Mootaz
    April 23, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I'd buy a roku or use my RPi

  97. T Voss
    April 23, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    If I needed a media center I would most likely buy a Roku. This Amazon Fire TV is looking really good, though.

  98. Bioadam
    April 23, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    My 3 year old LG Blue-Ray player remains the media streaming champ in my house. Netflix, network drive support, and it plays discs too.

  99. Adam
    April 23, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    looks like based on this review the Amazon fire tv would be my choice!

  100. Jason P
    April 23, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Improve my HTPC.

  101. Radite Pramudito
    April 23, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Off course Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Game...

  102. carmelo
    April 23, 2014 at 9:15 am

    If I needed a media center/ streamer I would buy nothing, cause i use a old homebrewed WII to do so.
    But if I had to change it, my choice wuold be the amazon Fire TV :)

  103. Syed Hasan
    April 23, 2014 at 8:46 am

    If I needed a media center/ streamer I would buy an amazon fire tv

  104. Bjørnar Berntsen
    April 23, 2014 at 7:01 am

    i would build my own HTPC but maybe im lucky to win this one :)

  105. DAN J
    April 23, 2014 at 6:06 am

    Amazon Fire TV

  106. Nathaniel D
    April 23, 2014 at 3:44 am

    I'd buy a Roku. But this may be a some descent competition.

  107. Darrell Bowman
    April 23, 2014 at 3:31 am

    Planning on building my own with a Raspberry Pi.

  108. Vic L
    April 23, 2014 at 2:30 am

    I buy Amazon Fire TV after reading this review, but still looking for a cheap alternative.

  109. Howard B
    April 23, 2014 at 12:07 am

    If I needed a media center, the Fire TV sounds like a good one if it'll stream my existing content, either via SMB or Plex. I've got Plex set up with my Roku 2 XD/S and love it.

  110. David Wilkerson
    April 22, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    I have been looking into one. I would consider the fire along with Roku and chromecast.

  111. Ron L
    April 22, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    if I needed a media center/ streamer I would buy an amazon fire to try out the voice. I do like the ROKU. although, I don't like how it updates before midnight. Some times in the middle of watching a show I get this big jumping purple ROKU on the screen.

  112. R
    April 22, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    I'm not sure, I would have to do some research to see which offers more "Bang for the Buck"
    It would be nice to win and test drive this out.

  113. Frank
    April 22, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    If I needed a media center/streamer, I ‘d buy an Amazon Fire TV. I have an AppleTV but really want Amazon Instant Video in other rooms

  114. Anne Hawley
    April 22, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Amazon Fire TV

  115. Philip
    April 22, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    I still prefer Xstreamer ...

  116. Dave W
    April 22, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    The Amazon Fire TV.

  117. Dave W
    April 22, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    If I needed a media center/streamer, I'd buy a roku if I wasn't already using a pc with xbmc.

  118. Angela in AR
    April 22, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I'd probably buy this system

  119. Michael T
    April 22, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    I'd buy a Fire TV. Or a Roku. Honestly, it depends on which one is the better deal at the time.

  120. Peter Jonesyes
    April 22, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Amazon has a good reputation so I would definitely consider this
    sleek looking unit as one of my purchasing options

  121. AJ Clark
    April 22, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    If I needed a media center/streamer, I 'd buy, an Apple TV to work with our phones and iPads.

  122. Mark
    April 22, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    A Chromecast (I have a PC and mobile)

  123. Ann G
    April 22, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    The Amazon Fire TV sounds good to me

  124. Jono M
    April 22, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    id certainly be willing to try the amazon fire tv, seems like a great product

  125. Dmitriy S
    April 22, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Amazon Fire TV

  126. David Vessey
    April 22, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Chromecast probably.

  127. Denis K
    April 22, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Maybe Amazon Fire TV

  128. Theresa A
    April 22, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Amazon Fire TV!

  129. Travis Faulkner
    April 22, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    either a Roku or the Fire TV. Both look pretty cool.

  130. Lauren
    April 22, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    I have a Chromecast at the moment, but I'm interested to see what they do with the Amazon Fire TV that makes it worthwhile over something cheaper like the Chromecast...

  131. Stephanie Coals
    April 22, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    If I needed a media streamer/center I would definitely look into getting an amazon TV because it would be fantastic to get rid of netflix and it would be amazing to have the lastest gadget :)

  132. Callisto
    April 22, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    The FireTV sounds like it would do the job nicely, especially with the Plex bit. I am currently using Raspbmc, it does the job for local media, but it lacking streaming services.

    And hell, if Gary Busey likes it, it can't be terrible :)

  133. Joseph Lee
    April 22, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    If I was going to buy a media center/streamer I would get a chromecast because it is so cheap.

  134. Carol Lorraine
    April 22, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I would love to have n Amazon Fire TV!

  135. Joe G
    April 22, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    I would definitely switch to Fire TV and say goodbye to Netflix once and for all.

  136. Mike B
    April 22, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    I would be looking at both the Roku and the Amazon Fire TV. Though I would probably end up going for the Roku.

  137. Dan K
    April 22, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    definetly a amazon fire tv

  138. kath g
    April 22, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    i'd probably get an Amazon Fire TV because it's the newest thing, so it's probably the latest tech.

  139. Torsten Nielsen
    April 22, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Plex and the other features sound pretty complete so an Amazon Fire TV could light up my TV.

  140. Kendall B
    April 22, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    I'd buy an Apple TV because I am currently invested in the Apple ecosystem

  141. Paul Wilson
    April 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I like the Chromecast.

  142. Vladislav G
    April 22, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Amazon Fire Tv + game controller

  143. Frank Walker
    April 22, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    If I needed a media streamer/center I would buy another Chromecast or another Android Stick PC more likely as it does so much more.

  144. Pedro C
    April 22, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Anything that work for me.

  145. peppe
    April 22, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    probably an Amazon Fire TV

  146. Mark M
    April 22, 2014 at 11:59 am

    I'm still not sure which one I would go with but I am an avid Amazon shopper and have been using their Kindle Fire since it's introduction, sssoooo I would more than likely be this one. It suits my current needs for now but I'm still wanting to know if it would work with a VPN?

  147. doreen Lamoureux
    April 22, 2014 at 11:49 am

    oh, the giveaway prize for sure. My husband would be thrilled if I won it instead.

  148. Douglas Millard
    April 22, 2014 at 11:47 am

    An Amazon Fire tv

  149. Mark Hansen
    April 22, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I'm not sure what I'd buy, as it's not my area of expertise, but Amazon Fire TV sounds great. My needs are fulfilled elsewhere, but this would make a few things much easier, and it seems it will age well into the future.

  150. Marko G
    April 22, 2014 at 10:27 am

    I would go with Amazon Fire TV.

  151. effe
    April 22, 2014 at 10:13 am

    i'll get amazon tv with plex configurated

  152. linu
    April 22, 2014 at 9:56 am

    buy..... amazon fire or rather win it from you!

  153. Nina McFadden
    April 22, 2014 at 9:56 am

    The Amazon Fire TV.

  154. Vidit J
    April 22, 2014 at 9:51 am

    I'd buy a Fire TV mainly because of the game controller + remote combo.

  155. Marijan
    April 22, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Amazon Fire .Thanks

  156. Lois E
    April 22, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I would buy the Amazon Fire TV because it has such an impressive spec and would serve my needs into the future.

  157. Betty B
    April 22, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I would like to try out the Amazon TV.

  158. Lorna Kennedy
    April 22, 2014 at 9:18 am

    The Amazon Fire TV box sounds amazing - would love to give that a go.

  159. moorandro
    April 22, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Amazon Fire TV of course !

  160. Joanne B
    April 22, 2014 at 9:03 am

    I like the gaming aspect and have been thinking about buying a media streamer for a while, would definitely give Amazon Fire TV a go.

  161. Cathy Krickbaum
    April 22, 2014 at 8:30 am

    I would buy Amazon Fire Tv alredy have Kindle tablet.

  162. Richard F
    April 22, 2014 at 8:28 am

    If I needed a media streamer I would buy this one. I already have a Kindle Fire which I use to stream stuff to as I have a Prime account. The Fire TV is the obvious next choice.

  163. Sampath
    April 22, 2014 at 8:12 am

    if I needed a media center/streamer, I’d buy this one. This sounds promising hardware.

    I dont have any of them as of now.

  164. Brigid K
    April 22, 2014 at 8:11 am

    I would buy an Amazon Fire TV.

  165. Csanad SZOVERFI
    April 22, 2014 at 7:53 am

    I would give an Amazon Fire a try. Hope I win the giveaway and get back to you with my own feedback.

  166. Bienvenido C. Masaluñga Jr.
    April 22, 2014 at 7:35 am

    f I needed a media center/streamer, I'd buy an apple tv or this one. <3
    Really want and love to try it both!

  167. Johnna Rhodus
    April 22, 2014 at 6:34 am

    I already have a couple Roku's,so I would either buy another Roku or try an Amazon Fire

  168. Shaun Robertson
    April 22, 2014 at 6:33 am

    The Amazon Fire TV or an appleTV box

  169. Carmelo
    April 22, 2014 at 6:30 am

    ... an Amazon Fire TV for sure! :)

  170. Patrick Channon
    April 22, 2014 at 6:09 am

    Nothing comes close to this performance at the price they're asking.

    With media files coming in higher resolutions and HDTV needing high spec to play jitter-free, this is a media player I would buy.

  171. Mike Bratek
    April 22, 2014 at 5:53 am

    I would buy a smart tv with the apps already on it.

  172. Cory Paquette
    April 22, 2014 at 5:35 am

    I`d probably give the Fire TV a try

  173. Jo-anne P
    April 22, 2014 at 5:10 am

    I would have to say I would go with another sony because it has not let me down yet

  174. Corina C
    April 22, 2014 at 5:03 am

    I've already decided to get the Amazon Fire TV when I need to replace my Sony blu ray player. I use it for streaming Amazon Instant Video and rarely use it for blue rays anymore but because it's less than a year old, I can't justify replacing it yet. But when I do, it will be the Fire TV.

  175. Kyle S
    April 22, 2014 at 4:43 am

    A Kindle Fire TV. Gary Busey sold me on it!

  176. Junil M
    April 22, 2014 at 4:42 am

    Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Game Controller

  177. Vladyslav Borets
    April 22, 2014 at 4:22 am

    Amazon Fire TV

  178. Sai SK
    April 22, 2014 at 4:06 am

    Fire TV!

  179. Wesley Files
    April 22, 2014 at 4:04 am

    I love beaming videos I find anywhere to my TV, and Chromecast is really the closest one to accomplishing that.

  180. Al Chou
    April 22, 2014 at 4:00 am

    I really have no idea.

  181. Tukang N
    April 22, 2014 at 3:51 am

    I would buy Amazon Fire TV box

  182. bwilks
    April 22, 2014 at 3:27 am

    Hisense pulse pro. When it comes out

  183. Charlie
    April 22, 2014 at 3:08 am

    I wish Amazon Prime had an android app and worked with Chromecast, since that does not seem likely, fire tv seems like a decent alternative.

  184. Jason H
    April 22, 2014 at 2:53 am

    If I needed a media center/streamer, I'm not quite sure what I'd buy...mostly because I haven't really looked into it. But the Amazon Fire sounds cool!

  185. Aaron
    April 22, 2014 at 2:45 am

    A HTPC.

  186. Saad Ahmad
    April 22, 2014 at 2:36 am

    Amazon Fire TV

  187. Drew
    April 22, 2014 at 2:27 am

    I'd go for the Amazon Fire TV. I'm excited to see what kinds of games they come out with after acquiring Double Helix.

  188. Hisham S
    April 22, 2014 at 2:26 am

    the Amazon TV

  189. Jeff M
    April 22, 2014 at 2:17 am

    I would buy the Kindle Fire TV. I have a Kindle Fire and I'm a happy Amazon Prime customer, so the decision is an easy one.

  190. Timothy C
    April 22, 2014 at 2:07 am

    If I needed a media centre/streamer, I'd buy a Raspberry Pi.

  191. Muhammad Hadi N
    April 22, 2014 at 1:42 am

    Since Malaysia internet are a bit slow (Max 4Mbps for my place and it unstable), I will buy Amazon Fire TV because it cheap and multifunction.

  192. Gibran R
    April 22, 2014 at 1:32 am

    I'd buy a laptop so I can also use it as a gaming console :D

  193. Ryan
    April 22, 2014 at 12:55 am

    I'd get Fire TV. Gotta have that voice control!

  194. Nikolai M
    April 22, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Android set top box. Maybe?...

  195. Zero
    April 22, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Xiaomi box. Already have the logitech revue, it works well and the remote keyboard is great.

  196. S
    April 21, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Something recommended by MakeUseOf

  197. Dee Martin
    April 21, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    If I needed a media streaming device I would buy a Fire tv. I would then be completely assimilated into the Amazon borg :)

  198. Ray M
    April 21, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Probably a quad core Android set top box.

  199. Robert B
    April 21, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    an Amazon Fire TV

  200. Dan D
    April 21, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    an Amazon Fire TV. I never used any streaming box before but Amazon usually make quality things from experience,

  201. Brady W
    April 21, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Amazon Fire TV

  202. ProfessAndObey
    April 21, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I'd consider the Amazon TV, but lean towards a Chromecast or an Xbone.

  203. Marie
    April 21, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    I'm dying to get my hands on an Amazon Fire TV! I'd be replacing an old WD drive as my media player!

  204. Jon Heil
    April 21, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    I'd get the Amazon Fire TV

  205. Va D
    April 21, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    the Amazon Fire TV. The gaming feature is pretty unique.

  206. Julian
    April 21, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Amazon Fire TV

  207. Jarred S
    April 21, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    If I needed a media streaming device Id'd need to consider my options. I would most likely look into chromecast, apple tv, roku, and the amazon fire.

  208. Huy T
    April 21, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    I'm debating between a Fire TV and a Roku 3

  209. Andrew
    April 21, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    I'm not sure. I might get the Fire TV.

  210. Jose
    April 21, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    an Amazon Fire TV

  211. Angela M
    April 21, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    a Roku. I know Gary Busey isn't a fan but.. whatever.

  212. Alexey Petrov
    April 21, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Amazon fire TV

  213. Geovanna
    April 21, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    If I needed a media streamer I'd purchase the Amazon Fire because I love Amazon. I don't really know much about media streamers except what I have read in this article.

  214. Tim
    April 21, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I was looking for a Google Chromecast or Samsung All-Share but now it's definitely the Amazon Fire with Prime Instant Video.

  215. Lucian C
    April 21, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Amazon fire TV

  216. Fredrik S
    April 21, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Don't know if it counts as a media centre, but if it does I'd go for a PS4.

  217. Jonas Eikeland
    April 21, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    either the Amazon fire TV or probably Roku 3

  218. Creslan Williams
    April 21, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    apple tv

  219. Joe
    April 21, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    If I needed a media streamer, I'd probably buy a Roku 3. It's the most flexible and i don't currently use iTunes. I have a Google TV box, but don't use it because it sits between the router and the TV with no pass through when it's off and I don't keep my router/wifi on all the time.

  220. Kyle Lacy
    April 21, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    If I needed a media streaming device I'd get an Apple TV.

  221. Andrei A
    April 21, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    I would buy a Roku 3

  222. Isami
    April 21, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    If I needed a media center/streamer, I'd buy an amazon firetv or a neo x7

  223. Mike B
    April 21, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    I would buy a Roku 3.

  224. http://ptab.it/16v3W
    April 21, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Amazon Fire TV or another Roku

  225. James
    April 21, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Would like to try Amazon Fire...

  226. Antonio R
    April 21, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    I would like an Amazon Fire or a Roku.

  227. Scot Burklin
    April 21, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    If I needed a media center/streamer, I'd definitely get an Amazon Fire. These days, I find myself using my Prime membership and their instant video more than Netflix and would love better streaming options than what I have now, (plus, I dig the gaming capabilities).

  228. Steve
    April 21, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    An Amazon Fire TV since I am an Amazon Prime member.

  229. Srivatsan Venkatesh
    April 21, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    I have a Roku and I stream using AllCast on Android.

  230. Jerry
    April 21, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    I would buy a Roku 3

  231. Brian
    April 21, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    If I needed a media streaming device I'd get a Roku

  232. Steve L.
    April 21, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    I would definitely buy an Amazon Fire TV strictly based upon their reputation and the reviews. And c'mon they got GARY BUSEY to do their tv ad....lol

  233. Daniel G
    April 21, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    I like the Roku, but the Amazon Fire may convince me to switch

  234. Roberto Rother
    April 21, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    I'd buy an Amazon Fire TV or Roku 3.

  235. Endracion
    April 21, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I'd buy a custom build HTPC.

  236. Bill M
    April 21, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Based on the review, I'd probably opt for the Amazon Fire TV.

  237. laurelnev
    April 21, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Probably a roku

  238. Renee D
    April 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    amazon fire tv

  239. Lane
    April 21, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Amazon Fire looks awesome...Roku 3 is right up there though.

  240. paul
    April 21, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Western Digital TV

  241. Stéphane F
    April 21, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    ... an Amazon Fire TV or a Roku 3. The Amazon TV offers a very good one-stop shop option for people new to those technologies. For power users, it will be interesting to see how it evolves.

  242. Vc N
    April 21, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I'm not entirely sure to be honest. I have an Android Tablet and ChromeCast that both do the job pretty well but I don't really use them as much as I thought I would. I have been thinking about a Roku though, people just keep going on and on about it.

  243. El C
    April 21, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I'd buy the Amazon Fire, because I've bought into the Amazon ecosystem - Kindle Fire HD, gift cards, free shipping for $35+, etc.

  244. Daniel
    April 21, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    The AppleTV

  245. Isaac C
    April 21, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Would like to try Amazon Fire

  246. Abhishek
    April 21, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    I’d by chromecast

  247. Alex J
    April 21, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Since I am already a prime member, I am already considering getting the Fire TV.

  248. arthur nelson
    April 21, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I'd buy an Amazon Fire for the games

    • Martin G
      April 21, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      I would buy an Amazon fire due to their amazing research on products - the name says it all

  249. Nancy B
    April 21, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    I would probably buy the Roku as it works in Canada. In the article you didn't let us know if it works outside of the USA???

  250. Bruce
    April 21, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    ...one.

  251. BrianP
    April 21, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    The Fire TV since I have Amazon Prime.

  252. Bruce
    April 21, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    An Amazon Fire TV if it were really cheap!

  253. JSmith
    April 21, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I'd by another chromecast.

  254. Ed
    April 21, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    First device - Roku 3 ... love it.

    Second device - an Odroid-U3 from Hardkernel running Linux and XBMC. Smaller than a Raspberry Pi, a bit more expensive, but has a quad-core ARM processor and 2GB of RAM and can boot from SD or eMMC. Feels like a regular Intel-based desktop PC in terms of fluidity and speed.

    Together, they make the perfect TV combo.

  255. Mike J-O
    April 21, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I'd buy it, but I'd buy any game console (sorta) for my collection.

  256. Ismael R
    April 21, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    ...I'd try which ever I could get for the a respectable price for it's specs.

  257. Loren S
    April 21, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    I’d try the Kindle. Already an amazon prime member.

  258. George C
    April 21, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    I'd buy it!

  259. Steve W
    April 21, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    I'd buy something to be determined at the point of sale

  260. Daniel Perez
    April 21, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Amazon Fire

  261. Bart B
    April 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    An Intel NUC. Unless I got a Amazon Fire for free,of course :)

  262. josh wessel
    April 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    I would like to win :)

  263. MarkTGT
    April 21, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    I'd try the Kindle. Already a PRime member.

  264. geirr aakhus
    April 21, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    At first this seemed like the cat's meow: Amazon's stream for the prime membership and Netflix and an actual functioning voice search function to boot. And it was there this gizmo nosedived. Dig this: I had watched a few episodes of the fabulous "Foyle's War on Netflix, but had trouble finding it on Amazon's TV and tried the voice search. Surprise! It found it right away!! But even bigger surprise: The search seems to work only for Amazon's offerings. And while Netflix' offer is for free episodes, poor, poverty-stricken Jeff Bezos needs $7.99/episode, $24.99/season. In other words and in reality -- a gyp. I give Amazon TV MINUS five stars. I'm putting it on the shelf to be fetched for a demonstration for friends who feel tempted to buy this fraud

  265. Lynne
    April 21, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    amazon fire tv

  266. Anthony
    April 21, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    It would be a close call between Roku 3 and Amazon Fire TV - I'm not sure from this review which would be the better option. I'm not that interested in games, just TV and movies, so I imagine either could tick all the necessary boxes (Netflix, lovefilm/amazon instant, bbc iplayer, 4od, etc.).

  267. Terry M
    April 21, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    We've stuck w/ Roku since the first version. We're up to Roku3, but I wouldn't mind playing around w/ the Chrome stick and Amazon's streaming device.

  268. Ahmad Hasan
    April 21, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I'd buy something that have XBMC on it. Probably any capable Android device...

  269. Josh R
    April 21, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    i would buy the amazon tv hope some day in supports more media formats

  270. Anthony R
    April 21, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Chromecast

  271. J.P. K.
    April 21, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    If I needed a media center/streamer, I'd probably buy an Amazon Fire TV. If I only wanted a streaming device, I might look to Roku or another, cheaper device, but I kind of need to update the TV, too.

  272. Elizabeth M
    April 21, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    either this amazon fire tv or a netgear neo prime.

  273. LJ Taylor
    April 21, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    If I needed a media streamer...I'd buy the best I could afford.

  274. Cora R
    April 21, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Amazon Fire

  275. Scott T
    April 21, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    The ethernet plug makes this a big plus for me over the Roku 3. I don't have a good wireless signal, so I have to use wired in my living room. I have been leaning toward a Roku 2 XS because of that, but the hardware in this will blow that out of the water.

  276. Carlos M
    April 21, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I'd buy a Amazon Fire TV

  277. Steveo DuckDuckio
    April 21, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    I'd stick to my pc media centre but the fire tv is looking good compared to roku's (unhacked) and nowtv boxes :)

  278. Adam B
    April 21, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    If I needed a media streamer, I’d buy… One that works in Canada

  279. Scott T
    April 21, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I'd go looking at a Roku, but I'd have to give this a second look. We use Amazon Prime, so this would take care of that immediately. I'd have to compare the performance of the two to decide.

  280. Victor O
    April 21, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Amazon Fire TV

  281. Elizabeth K
    April 21, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    I think the Fire TV would be the best fit for my family

  282. Mukola Obizuyk
    April 21, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Amazon FireTV

  283. Claude
    April 21, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Amazon TV is awesome, it's different from the others in a good way. Gamestick is a plus.

  284. Rob M
    April 21, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    ...I cant answer that right now. I bought an Ouya and its just not what I had hoped for. Everything depends on the Dev community and how open the systems are going to be.

  285. Justin
    April 21, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    A raspberry pi/Chromecast. If I want to add gaming I will get an Amazon fire TV

  286. Nabil Z
    April 21, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Archos TV Connect

  287. Jonathan S
    April 21, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    ...the HiSilikon® T-R42 II. Because it's open and rated very well on Amazon.de.

  288. German Lopez
    April 21, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Since I currently do not own a video streamer , I would most likely bu the Amazon FireTV.

  289. Mklopez
    April 21, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    An HTPC for myself, a Roku for the family.

  290. Holly Slater
    April 21, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    amazon fire of course!

  291. Youssef
    April 21, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Amazon Fire

  292. Mary W
    April 21, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    I would purchase Apple TV if I needed a media center streamer.

  293. Mark Rutledge
    April 21, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Amazon Fire TV

  294. Bogdan
    April 21, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Amazon fire

  295. Beh H
    April 21, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Apple TV!

  296. Igor S
    April 21, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Apple TV

  297. Nicholas S
    April 21, 2014 at 9:24 am

    the Amazon Fire TV.

  298. Jorens
    April 21, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Probably something android based, that way there are more applications.

  299. Tejash C
    April 21, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Apple TV!

  300. M R
    April 21, 2014 at 8:05 am

    If I needed a media center/stremer, I'd buy... either an Amazon FireTV or a Cubox-i4Pro (http://cubox-i.com/products/). Actually, I've already bought my Cubox - I'm just waiting for it to get delivered. Now I need to get my hands on an Amazon FireTV to compare. You better come through for me MakeUseOf.

  301. Mihir C
    April 21, 2014 at 7:41 am

    If I needed a media center I would buy Android-On-A-Stick!

  302. jarvis j
    April 21, 2014 at 5:52 am

    amazon fire

  303. Ali
    April 21, 2014 at 4:40 am

    Android-On-A-Stick

  304. Paul Werner
    April 21, 2014 at 4:30 am

    An HTPC

  305. Matt Smith
    April 21, 2014 at 3:39 am

    Amazon fire

  306. JeffC
    April 21, 2014 at 1:38 am

    Amazon Fire TV.

  307. paulie
    April 21, 2014 at 1:29 am

    ill give the amazon fire a try

  308. Raul Jara
    April 21, 2014 at 12:49 am

    I'd buy an Android Tablet with an integrated HDMI output

  309. Jacob LaFountaine
    April 20, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    I would go with the Roku Streaming Stick. Has almost everything I need for under $50. Chromecast is close though. I use both

  310. ira
    April 20, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    If I needed a media center I would buy Apple TV

  311. Keith W
    April 20, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Probably the latest "android on a stick" that I can find.

  312. Paul Harris
    April 20, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Apr.20 -- 10:52 am PST ....Comes up with a punch tab error when I try. Cannot enter draw.

  313. Bob F
    April 19, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Giveaway not found. :(

    • James Bruce
      April 20, 2014 at 7:58 am

      Sorry, fixed!

  314. Maarten D
    April 19, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Giveaway not found Mr. Leclair, FIX IT SNEAKY MAN!

    • James Bruce
      April 20, 2014 at 7:58 am

      Fixed!

    • Maarten D
      April 20, 2014 at 8:35 am

      Wow. James fixes something? Congrats!

  315. J.
    April 19, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    "Giveaway not found"

    • James Bruce
      April 20, 2014 at 7:58 am

      My bad, try now ;)

    • Jackson
      April 20, 2014 at 9:53 am

      Sorry, it's up now. Please try again.

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