Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K vs. Roku Streaming Stick 4K

Both the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K and the Roku Streaming Stick 4K offer high-quality 4K streaming with HDR at an affordable price. Both devices also include a Voice Remote, which makes navigating your television and streaming apps easier.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K vs. Roku Streaming Stick 4K: Prices and features

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The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K has a suggested price of $50 but can often be found on sale for much less. Even at its full price, it's one of the most affordable 4K-compatible streaming devices on the market you can get. While there are minor differences when comparing the Fire TV Stick 4K vs. Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max, the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K continues to be one of the most powerful streaming sticks and supports streaming in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, or HLG.

The device also comes with the Alexa Voice Remote, which allows you to use your voice to search and launch shows across downloaded apps and control the power and volume on your TV with a single remote.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Amazon Fire TV Stick 4KRoku Streaming Stick 4K
1080p Full HD✔️✔️
4K Ultra HD✔️✔️
HDR SupporDolby Vision, HDR10, HDR 10+, and HLGDolby Vision, HDR10, HDR 10+, and HLG
Storage8GB8GB
Memory1.5 GB1GB
Audio SupportDolby Atmos and passthroughDTS and Dolby Digital passthrough
Size2.75 x 1.18 x .55 inches3.7 x 0.8 x 0.45 inches
PortsHDMI output, micro-USB for power onlyHDMI 2.0b, USB for Power with a long-range Wi-Fi receiver

Meanwhile, the Roku Streaming Stick 4K also retails for $50 and boasts many of the same features. In addition to HDR streaming with Dolby Vision picture and HDR10+, the Roku Streaming Stick 4K is the most powerful Roku streaming stick and features long-range Wi-Fi capabilities. Like the Alexa Voice Remote, the Roku Voice Remote eliminates the need for an extra TV remote.

You can also download the Roku app to your mobile device for an elevated streaming experience, including listening to audio from your phone. If you're trying to catch up on your favorite action series at night while your family is sleeping, being able to direct your audio to your phone and devices connected to it, like Bluetooth headphones, is a fantastic feature.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K vs. Roku Streaming Stick 4K: Who should buy the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K?

Amazon Fire Tv Stick 4k Max Lifestyle

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The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is frequently marked down. It can be purchased for $10 to $15 less than the Roku Streaming Stick 4K when it is, making it by far the best option for viewers who want to watch high-resolution content on a budget.

Both devices are equally responsive with a strong internet connection, and both come with voice-enabled remotes that control your TV. However, the Amazon Fire TV Stick is a better choice for consumers already familiar with its interface and those who stream the bulk of their content using the Amazon Prime Video app. It's also worth pointing out that the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K works a bit more seamlessly with Alexa-enabled devices and Google Home speakers than its Roku counterpart.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K vs. Roku Streaming Stick 4K: Who should buy the Roku Streaming Stick 4K?

Roku Streaming Stick 4k

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The Roku Streaming Stick 4K features an interface and search function that tends to be a bit more straightforward than the Fire TV Stick 4K, making the search for content to watch a bit easier. The Roku Streaming Stick 4K may also be the better option for viewers who already own and are familiar with Roku devices, whether additional Roku streaming devices, Roku Wireless Speakers, or the Roku Streambar.

The Roku Streaming Stick 4K also has the added perk of being compatible with the Roku app, which allows you to listen privately to the content streaming on your TV, listening via headphones connected to your mobile device. It should also be noted that while the Fire TV Stick 4K previously had the advantage of supporting Dolby Vision, that feature was added to Roku Streaming Stick 4K.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K vs. Roku Streaming Stick 4K: Which device should you buy?

Amazon Fire Tv Stick Interface

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When it comes to picking which 4K streaming stick is the best device for you, the biggest question is how much you're willing to pay. Both devices support roughly the same display output, and except for the few with a full Dolby Atmos setup, the audio options are also very similar. Even so, the Roku has a couple of differentiating features, like the excellent Roku remote app and the long-range Wi-Fi receiver built into the USB power cable.

The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K and the Roku Streaming Stick 4K provide the highest quality of streaming at an affordable price point, with options to cater your viewing experience to your particular tastes and preferences. However, it's more likely that you'll find the Amazon offering on sale.

Keegan Prosser is a freelance contributor based in the PNW. When she's not writing about her favorite streaming apps and devices for Android Central, she's listening to a true-crime podcast, creating the perfect playlist for her next road trip, and trying to figure out which fitness tracker she should try next. You can follow her on Twitter @keeganprosser.

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