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EngadgetMay 27, 2024
Amazon's Fire TV Stick 4K Max is better as a retro gaming device than a streamer
Here's an open secret: Every cheap streaming stick kind of sucks. Yes, it's great that people can access so many shows and movies with devices that cost less than $50. It's great that the best of them no longer force you to suffer through constant lag and performance hiccups, too. But over time, the Faustian bargain we make with these things becomes increasingly obvious. We save cash upfront, then we repay our debt through a shoddy user experience.

I've been thinking about this since buying Amazon's Fire TV Stick 4K Max a couple of months ago. It's a good example of that handshake: It's been on sale for $40 for most of the past few months, and at that price, its hardware is a tremendous bargain. It's fast, it works with the major HDR formats and Dolby Atmos and it supports all the requisite apps.


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