Roku TV vs Fire TV Edition Smart TV: User Experience Breakdown




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In 2017 a long list of new TVs for cord cutters came out. Among them were the new line of Roku TVs and the brand new Amazon Fire TV Edition Smart TVs. This week I was able to put them head to head so you can see what TV is right for you.

So here is our breakdown of the Roku TV vs the Amazon Fire TV edition smart TV.

Picture Quality

If picture quality is key for you, the new 2017 line of Roku TVs is for you. With 4K HDR increasingly standard on Roku TVs it helps them really stand out.

The Fire TV edition smart TV doesn’t have a bad picture, but compared to other TVs in the price point the lack of 4K HDR is noticeable.


When it comes to what TV is faster the Fire TV edition smart TV pulls this one off. While not crazy fast there it will be a second or so faster loading apps such as Netflix. (See the video above for more details.)

The Remotes

First, this is the first time a Fire TV device has quick launch buttons to open apps such as Netflix right on the remote; however, unlike the directional and menu keys the quick launch buttons are line of sight.

There is one area that holds the Fire TV remote back: the lack of a mute button. The lack of a dedicated mute button on a TV is a surprising omission in 2017.

Final Thoughts

What TV you want is going to come down to your personal opinion. If you love Roku, the Roku TV is the one you’ll want. If you love the Fire TV, the Fire TV is the one you’ll want. Both have points that make them stand out.

I don’t think you will go wrong with either one and it really will come down to your personal preference.

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