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3.0 out of 5 starsA few tweaks and it could be perfect
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 4 January 2023
I bought this as they added fire TV. A total game changer for a product like this, I've wanted a large tablet style TV like this for a long time. Mainly to watch media whilst working. The screen is brilliant, the wall mount is good enough (a tilt feature side to side would have been good but I'm sure 3rd party ones will come soon). So far I'm really happy except for a few niggles.
Firstly the sound is dire. totally dreadful, not loud enough and very flat, i'm no audophile but when I watch movies I atleast want a bit of a punch, right now I've connected it to my £20 Anker soundcore bluetooth speaker which is a HUGE improvement. Even an echo dot has better speakers than this.
Secondly, no 3.5mm jack, It does have a USB port so I'm going to research if there's a USB to 3.5mm that will work out there??? but having to connect my bluetooth speaker every time I turn it on is just annoying. I have a lovely pair of bose desktop speakers with 3.5mm that would go amazing with this.
Thirdly, the microphone is struggling to pick up my voice when my heater is on, i have a diesel heater in my garage that has a fan blowing, my regular echo speaker works just fine but this struggles, I have to shout.
Fourthly, Limited touch on Fire TV, I really hope they work on this, all the apps are touch on a fire tablet so why not on this? especially Youtube, having to use a remote is tedious and not user friendly IMO and as for the on screen remote, no, just no. The screen is a touch screen so lets use it.
Obviously the speakers and lack of 3.5mm jack are not upgrade able with software so I'll be watching for a version 2 but in the meantime I'm happy enough with it.
As for all the other functions I'm not really interested in them, I was hoping to have my CCTV driveway camera permanently streaming in the corner of the screen but I don't think that's possible. Or atleast I can't find a way to do that while I'm using the Fire TV side of things. So I have a show 5 next to this just for that.