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I ordered one of this and after 10 days of wasting time with online support plus 2 replacement sticks and 2 replacement remotes they still can't figure out how to make it work. First was the stick not setting the right display resolution, now 2 remotes don't pair with the new stick....wont ever order anything that says "refurbished" from Amazon.
I love that it provides all that it provides. Hulu, Netflix, Amazon video and so much more. I only had a problem with the power needed to the Fire Stick, but my tv didn't output enough power, so I plug it into the wall and the power plug provide didn't work either so had to use an extra one that I had laying around and it works, but other than that it is an excellent product!
OK so to start this review, you need to know I am a self-proclaimed neanderthal when it comes to electronics. My niece has a Fire stick so asked all kinds of questions prior to ordering. She kept insisting how super easy it was to install and use and how much I was going to love it once I had it. The day it arrived, I read the directions, seemed fairly straight forward. I plugged it into the HDmi port number 2 and got nothing...just a blank screen...re-read directions, then called my niece. She walked me thru every step, still no active screen. And then the neanderthal figured it out. Turns out I had plugged it into port #3, not #2. Once plugged into #2 it worked perfect, walking me thru all the set up, etc. I LOVE it!!! And it's my first experience with Alexa and that too is awesomel
I LOVE this service. I live in a small town, and Babel is more expensive than intertnet, and recent college graduate/nanny for kids, which means I’m broke most of the time, so I can’t afford internet AND cable. This SAVED me, because it had a payment plan, so it only cost me $5 a month for only 4 months, and it has all of the streaming services everyone uses (Hulu, Netflix, Spotify, YouTube, Amazon Video) PLUS it comes with some free IMDB movies. It’s AMAZING. I brought it with me to stay at my parents for surgery recovery period, and it works well there too, meaning it can travel to any location you need it to, as long as you have WiFi! This makes life so easy, because everything you watch it on one “device” or one HDMI channel, so you don’t have to flip between hdmi ports or gaming devices/laptops!
This item arrived on time and was very easy to install for use on the TV. The instructions are pretty sparse but to be fair there isn't much to do other than insert the stick into the proper slot and make sure the power supply cable is set. The only real downside is the power cable is almost too short. Another foot or so would be nice depending on where the slot is on your TV vs the power plug location. An extension cord may be needed.
Set up is pretty intuitive and the onscreen prompts easy to follow. I would like the documentation to let you know which services require additional subscriptions to use. As it is you have to activate them to find out. I did get the CBS all access for the Star Trek Discovery show and we are enjoying catching up on the 2 seasons.
I replaced an early model Roku streaming device with this Fire device. The device is easy and foolproof to set up and use. The remote is simple but very effective. My only "con" is that the Fire user interface is a little confusing. The one thing that saves it is the voice actuation Using voice the menu maze can be bypassed and you can go quickly to the content of your choice. Trying to anticipate or outsmart the visual interface ... well, good luck. But the thing works so well, I am pleased with the purchase. The Prime Video service is outstanding. The device has every feature I need.
I swear I thought the last one was awesome but this new one is the bomb!!!! I don't mind getting refurbished especially since I'm on a very fixed income. But I totally recommend this and it was pretty much a plug and play. But it's scary that it tells you who you are before getting started lol. I'd really like to get that answer... firstname.lastname@example.org if anyone can honestly answer that for certain... curious 😊! I now want to upgrade the living room firestick as well and I love, love, love the covers for the remotes as well. I am glad I opted for this instead of Roku Amazon is the bomb.com!!!!
Was a little iffy to buy a refurbished one since this was my first fire stick I've purchased. I just set it up & everything is working great. Only giving 4 stars because when I first unboxed & set everything up I could not for the life of me get the remote to turn on. I honestly thought I was going to have to return it for the remote not working. After searching through Google for about 20 minutes I found an article saying once you put the batteries in hold down the home button. Held it down for about 30 seconds & it finally worked. So, so far so good. Will update if anything goes wrong.