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(Pocket-lint) - The Amazon Fire TV Stick range enables you to access and stream a variety of content, including Amazon's own, but also through apps such as Netflix, Apple TV+, Disney+, BBC iPlayer and Now TV.

Amazon now has three HDMI streaming sticks and they all look pretty similar.

Each stick plugs directly into your TV via HDMI and comes with a power adapter, HDMI extender (but not an HDMI cable), AAA batteries for the remote.

So what's the difference? That's why you're here and that's what we'll tell you.

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With Amazon Prime Day here, there are top deals on all the Fire TV Sticks. The Fire TV Stick 4K is one of the best devices for streaming TV content. 

The Fire TV Stick Lite is one of the cheapest ways to add smart skills and streaming services to your TV. 

The Fire TV Cube is a 4K streamer that also gives you native access to Alexa. 

Lastly, the Amazon Fire TV Stick 3rd gen, with TV controls is now down to $22.99, saving $17.

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    Fire TV Stick 4K


    Amazon's top-end streaming stick represents great value for money - especially when compared to devices like the Apple TV 4K. It can output video up to 4K Ultra HD resolution at 60 frames per second. It also has high dynamic range (HDR) support - HDR 10, HDR 10+, Dolby Vision and HLG.

    Dolby Atmos surround sound support is available for services like Netflix, which goes alongside the general 5.1 and 7.1 Dolby surround audio output plus HDMI Audio pass-through. Basically, it will play the best format possible, depending on the AV receiver, home cinema system, soundbar or TV you plug it into.

    An Alexa Voice Remote is included in the box. As with the main Fire TV Stick below, there are power and volume controls too, so you can control audio gear like a soundbar. 

    Why buy? This is Amazon's flagship device, and while it is small it is mighty in what it offers. There is plenty of 4K HDR content available these days, from Amazon and Netflix - also well represented here. If you have a compatible TV, this is the only option you should really consider, especially for the amazing price in comparison with similarly specified rivals.

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    Amazon Fire TV Stick


    In the latest 2021 version of the Fire TV Stick, performance has been improved over the 2019 generation by as much as 50 per cent thanks to upgraded hardware including a quad-core processor, while it also includes support for Dolby Atmos audio like the 4K stick alongside 5.1 and 7.1 Dolby surround audio output and HDMI audio pass-through. 

    A full Alexa Voice Remote is included in the box and there are power and volume controls too, so you can control audio gear like a soundbar and your TV. The remote also has shortcut buttons for the main streaming services.

    However, unlike the 4K Stick, it'll still only support Full HD 1080p resolution rather than 4K. This stick is essenitally the same as the 2020 version, the only difference being the updated remote.

    Why buy? For those without a 4K TV the standard Fire TV Stick is an inexpensive way to access a wide variety of content, perfect for second or bedroom TVs.

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    Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite


    Amazon's entry-level streaming stick was new in 2020 and sits below the main Fire TV Stick. Like the main Fire TV Stick, it supports Full HD, however, there is no Dolby Atmos support.

    The key difference is the less powerful remote control - called Alexa Voice Remote Lite. There are no volume or mute buttons, so you can't use it to control the sound of your TV and/or soundbar. There's also no power button. It does, however, include Alexa voice control as you'd expect as well as a Guide button.

    Why buy? The cheapest way to get Alexa working through a TV and if you don't have 4K, there's not much reason not to choose this over the standard Fire TV Stick provided you don't mind using another remote for volume.

    Writing by Dan Grabham. Editing by Chris Hall.
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