Should you buy the new Alexa Voice Remote Pro (2022)?
Best answer: Yes. The Alexa Voice Remote Pro (2022) is a worthwhile upgrade for those who own a Fire TV. But note that, unlike other Alexa Voice Remotes, it also works with other brand smart TVs with Fire TV built-in. The new remote offers some enticing upgrades, including backlit and customizable buttons, and more.
What is the Alexa Voice Remote Pro (2022)?
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The Alexa Voice Remote Pro (2022) is the latest version of Amazon’s popular voice remote control, which allows you to effortlessly control playback on a compatible TV, completely hands-free.
Like other Alexa Voice Remotes, simply press a button to ask Alexa to perform a particular task. It has dedicated power, volume, and mute buttons along with preset buttons for popular streaming apps. There’s also channel buttons for live TV, as you’d get with the previous generation Fire TV Alexa Voice Remote as well.
But the Alexa Voice Remote Pro (2022) adds some more compelling features. There’s a remote finder to help you locate it when it’s stuck between couch cushions or the kids thought it would be fun to hide it from you. The buttons are now backlit for easier reading at night or during dark movie or game nights. There are also customizable buttons so you can choose to have them access your most frequently used commands.
Additionally, there’s a headphone button for shortcut access to Bluetooth pairing, great when you want to watch TV while your spouse, kids, or roommates are already in bed and you don’t want to disturb them, or when you want to throw on a headset for an intense gaming session.
You’ll have to check compatibility with products, and Amazon offers a useful compatibility guide (opens in new tab) where you can look to see if your TV model and make is there. The Alexa Voice Remote Pro (2022) is a perfect complement to the new Amazon Fire TV Cube (2022), for example, and the best Amazon Fire TV built-in televisions.
Considering this remote is an upgrade and doesn’t actually come with any Fire TV models, it’s worth buying for an enhanced experience. Given that it comes in at a really affordable price, it’s not a huge investment but it can make a big difference thanks to the small but noticeable upgrades. If you watch a lot of TV in the dark or access a specific service that isn’t usually included as one of the preset buttons, it could be worth the price for the conveniences of the backlit and customizable buttons, alone.
Go ahead and grab it
The upgraded Alexa Voice Remote Pro (2022) doesn’t come with any Fire TV products, so if you want to enjoy its benefits, you’ll need to buy it separately. Given that it isn’t too expensive, and with features like customizable and backlit buttons, it’s worth investing in.
Christine Persaud is a freelance writer for Android Central who has been writing about tech since long before the smartphone was even a "thing." When she isn't writing, she's probably working on her latest fitness program, binging a new (or old) TV series, tinkering with tech gadgets, or spending time with her school-aged son. A self-professed TV nerd, lover of red wine, and passionate home cook, she's immersed in tech in every facet of her life. Follow her at @christineTechCA.
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