Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max
Amazon’s Most Powerful Streaming Stick
It took Amazon a few years, but the Fire TV Stick 4K Max offers many of the upgrades we’ve been waiting for compared to the Fire TV Stick 4K.
NVIDIA Shield TV
The best of NVIDIA
If you want the best Android TV streaming device with the benefit of a compact form factor, it can’t be much better than the NVIDIA Shield TV.
Amazon’s introduction of the Fire TV Stick 4K Max shows a new contender for the best streaming devices. NVIDIA’s Shield TV has pretty much taken the number one spot since its release, so how do these two streaming sticks stack up?
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max vs. NVIDIA Shield TV: There’s a Lot to Consider
Before we get to the elephant in the room, let’s check out how the Fire TV Stick 4K Max stacks up against the NVIDIA Shield TV 4K from a hardware perspective.
Notably, both are small and compact, with the Amazon option plugged directly into your TV, while the Shield TV is designed to be placed away from the run. But the Shield TV still requires you to run a cable from your TV to the tube and then plug it in. This might not be the best way to handle things if you’re looking to cut the cables coming from your TV.
Under the hood, the Fire TV Stick 4K Max is powered by MediaTek’s MT8696 and 2GB of RAM, which Amazon claims is 40% faster than the “regular” Fire TV Stick 4K as of 2018. An upgrade in speed is a snap. Important considering how to do this. It’s outdated, but it’s definitely an upgrade that was to be expected. The Shield TV, on the other hand, uses NVIDIA’s Tegra X1 paired with 3GB of RAM and a 256-core GPU.
|Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max||NVIDIA Shield TV 4K|
|Healer||MediaTek MT8696||NVIDIA Tegra X1 +|
|The operating system||Android TV||Android TV|
|storage||8 GB||8 GB|
|Audio remote included||yes||yes|
|voice control||Amazon Alexa||Google Assistant / Amazon Alexa|
|artificial intelligence upgrade||number||yes|
Both of this streaming stick is equipped with 8GB of storage and supports 4K HDR10 resolution, along with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. Plus, the Shield TV earns a point for offering some great AI upscaling, turning that old 1080p or lower video into something fun on the best 4K TVs.
Amazon and NVIDIA also include voice-activated remote controls with either model, with Alexa handling the heavy load of the TV Stick. NVIDIA’s Shield TV is interesting because it’s powered by the Google Assistant out of the box, but you can install and use Amazon Alexa instead, which gives the Shield TV the upper hand.
Back in storage, the Shield TV has another trick up its sleeve that the Fire TV Stick 4K Max can’t match: expandability. As mentioned, 8GB of storage is the default on both streaming devices. However, there is no way to connect an external hard drive to expand Fire TV Stick 4K Max storage.
With the Shield TV, you have the option to have one of the best microSD cards available, thanks to the built-in slot. So you can quickly turn your 8GB capacity into so much more, with the ability to also use it as a home theater system with the movies and shows you’ve downloaded and collected over the years.
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max vs. NVIDIA Shield TV: Dealing with an Elephant
So far, Shield TV appears to be the clear winner. Even with the Fire TV Stick 4K Max being the newer streaming device of the two, it’s missing out on some of the most important features. However, there is one massive point that the Fire TV Stick 4K Max has in its favour, and that is that the Shield TV simply can’t match: the price.
Amazon’s Fire TV Stick lineup is very popular, offering a way to stream your favorite content without breaking the bank. And while 4K Max is the most expensive TV available, it only comes in at $55. Relatively speaking, when not on sale, the NVIDIA Shield TV starts at $150.
The Shield TV is arguably the more powerful device of the two and includes expandable storage, Android TV via Fire TV, and Google Assistant integration. But if we had to choose, the Fire TV Stick 4K Max is “good enough” to save yourself some money and use it for a few nights watching family movies.
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max
Enjoy the best experience on Amazon Fire TV
The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max may have a long, obnoxious name, but it’s an amazing streaming device with more than enough features to entice anyone. From a faster processor and better graphics, to an updated TV interface and built-in voice control, 4K Max is great for just about anyone.
NVIDIA Shield TV
It can be said that it is definitely stronger and more versatile
The NVIDIA Shield TV is an amazing streaming device in itself, as it is the best Android TV box you can get today. It features expandable storage, can be used with Assistant or Alexa, and includes a great voice remote control. But all these added features come at a hefty price.