Dealmaster: Take 20% off Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K media streamer

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today’s list is headlined by a deal on Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K, which is currently down to $40. That $10 discount isn’t quite as large as the one we saw around the holidays, but it’s still a good deal for those looking for a new 4K media streamer.

While plenty of people can get by with the streaming apps built into their TV or game console, the Fire TV Stick 4K is a solid value for those who can’t. Its quad-core processor makes it a noticeably better performer than older Fire TV devices, and its support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi—something the competing Roku Premiere+ lacks—keeps streaming quality smooth. It supports Dolby Vision HDR, HDR10, HDR10+ and Dolby Atmos audio. Its remote finally has dedicated volume and power buttons, and its Alexa-aided voice controls are generally more robust than those on any other streamer.

That said, your tolerance of the Fire TV Stick 4K will come down to its software. Amazon’s UI is fine, but it’s neither as organized as Roku OS nor as clean as Apple’s tvOS. The company also has a habit of pushing its own programming in search results, which is fine if you love Prime Video but could be an annoyance for others. Amazon’s ongoing slap-fight with Google means that you’ll have to use the Web version of YouTube instead of a dedicated app (which isn’t  bad), and you can’t access YouTube TV at all (which is definitely bad). There’s no Vudu, either. If you can’t live with all of that, Roku’s Streaming Stick+ is an excellent alternative, but it also costs $20 more as of this writing.

Otherwise, you’re getting a lot of streaming hardware for not much money here. And if you don’t need a new streamer, we also have deals on Nintendo’s Switch Pro Controller, , , 4K HDR TVs from Vizio and LG, Sonos devices, and much more. Have a look for yourself below.

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