Amazon’s Fire TV Cube is an all-in-one device for Amazon users

Bessie Dean
June 8, 2018

This seems like a short window for a pre-order discount, but Amazon is known to put their Alexa and Fire TV devices on sale quite often, so look for them to discount this a number of times throughout the year. Support for HDMI-CEC is also included, meaning that the Cube can control a setup via that as well, provided that the other devices support that standard. But instead of tucking away behind the TV, the Fire TV Cube-which is, indeed a cube-is created to sit out in the open, and has a far-field microphone array and speaker for hands-free Alexa voice commands.

You can actually change the "trigger" or "wake" word to something else other than Alexa on the Alexa app so you're less likely to accidentally record something and send it to someone. Equipped with IR Blasters on all four sides, Fire TV Cube can work as a universal remote as well.

You can also get $30 off a bundle that includes the Fire TV Cube and Amazon's Cloud Cam Security Cam.

Amazon Fire TV Cube is compatible with set-top boxes from top providers such as Comcast, DISH, and DIRECTV, covering more than 90 percent of households with a cable or satellite subscription. For instance, you can simply say something like "Alexa, play Billions on Showtime" to have the Fire TV Cube power up your TV and soundbar, open the Showtime app, and pick up playback where you left off. It can stream in 4K HDR with Dolby Atmos from all the leading streaming services (except YouTube, that is), just like any other Fire TV. That is, it is both a Fire TV and an Echo smart speaker.

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Another thing users can do is opt not to share your contact list with the device so you're less likely to send a conversation to someone. "And, it's just the beginning".

While the Fire TV Cube can be controlled completely by voice, it will still come with a remote control for times when you may not want to shout at your television. It also supported voice and visual input, though in a more rudimentary form than Alexa's more developed set of skills. A feature called Style Check lets you submit two photos and get a recommendation of which outfit to go with.

There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details. Would you be willing to get one for yourself? Let us know in the comments.

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