Amazon Fire TV Cube or Roku Ultra? weighs in

When I think about price and power, I'd tend to put the Amazon Fire TV Cube in the same sort of bucket as the the Roku Ultra. Never mind that they're actually $30 apart. (Roku definitely comes in lighter on the wallet.) And never mind that Amazon Fire TV is a full-blown Android-based operating system, a closer cousin to the $179 NVIDIA Shield TV.

But when you talk about performance and power, there's no doubt about it. The Amazon Fire TV Cube is definitely closer to the Roku family. And so that's how we went about comparing the two at One the new hotness from Amazon — the other last year's flagship device from Roku.

Both have their advantages. Both have 4K resolution. Fire TV Cube has hands-free Alexa. Roku gets a big leg up from having a remote control that's actually useful. But which one comes out on top? Only one way to find out.

Read: Amazon Fire TV Cube vs. Roku Ultra

  • Yes, let's never mind that Fire TV is a full-blown Android branch that can't get Play Movies or YouTube without farting around. Roku runs Linux and I'll never go back to the Amazon dumpster Fire TV again.
  • I still think that the 2nd gen Fire TV (box, not stick) is the best option for the price, if you can still find one.
  • Neither... Best is Android TV Nvidia Shield.