Fire Tv vs Roku TV
Streaming services are wildly popular these days. Because of this, Smart TVs have gathered a lot of people’s attention. As we approach the end of 2018, I think it’s only fair that we pit against each other, 2 of the best Software for Smart TVs for the holidays. This is an in-depth comparison between the Roku TV vs Fire TV.
What is Fire TV and Roku TV?
Roku and Fire are both streaming sticks that you can plug into your TV. Amazon’s Fire TV stick is the most popular streaming stick, while the Roku streaming stick is not a distant second.
Both companies have attempted to crack at selling their own smart TVs by putting their very own software inside Smart TVs. You can get the Fire TV in the form of Insigna 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Fire TV and the Toshiba 55-inch 4k Ultra HD Fire TV. Meanwhile, you can get the Roku TV in the form of TCL 55-inch 4k Ultra HD Roku TV.
The TCL 55-inch 4k Ultra HD Roku TV was a hit, and was the number 1 TV sold on amazon. Let’s see if Amazon’s very own Fire TV editions can challenge the current champ.
In terms of the design, the TVs don’t have too much of a difference. All TVs are made from plastic material for a lightweight frame. The Toshiba TV just weighs a little bit more than the others with a weight of 33lbs, while the others are only 30lbs.
Each TV has their little twists on the product dimension, but nothing really major. Although if you are putting them in a very tight place, you might want to get their exact dimensions. First, the Insignia Fire TV has a product dimension of 10.4 x 48.9 x 30.3 inches. Then, The Toshiba Fire TV sizes up at 12 x 49.1 x 30.2 inches. Lastly, the TCL Roku TV is at 49.1 x 8.7 x 30.8 inches.
When it comes to ports, all the TVs are all similar. They all have 3 HDMI ports to support all your viewing needs. Furthermore, they all have 1 USB port, headphone jack, ethernet port, Optical Audio Output and an RF output.
One major difference that they have with each other is their remote controller.
When it comes to the remote controller, the noticeable difference is the voice control feature. The Roku TV does not support voice control on their remote controller. Hence, there is no microphone or a designated button for voice activation is found on the remote.
Unlike the Roku TV, Amazon has integrated their very own Alexa into their Fire TV. With a press of a button, you can tell the TV what you want to play, instead of typing it one letter at a time using an on-screen keyboard.
When you reach the 55-inch territory, quality is pretty standard. All of them have HDR and 4k capabilities with a resolution of 3840 x 2160.
One major difference they have is that the Fire TV has a refresh rate of 60 ghz, while the TCL Roku TV has a refresh rate of 120 ghz. This may not be a big deal if you’re streaming, but If you are using the TV for gaming, the 120ghz should be the clear choice for you.
When it comes to sounds, they all have acceptable quality. For someone like me who uses a Soundbar, these TV speakers don’t really impress me. Although if you’re looking for volume, the Toshiba has the clear advantage. It is packed with two 10 watt speakers unlike the others that has only 8 watt speakers. You can fill the room faster even at 80 percent volume.
This is where it gets serious as we battle the two softwares head to head. Right of the bat, the Fire TV is surprisingly a lot faster than the Roku TV (and it’s not even close). Opening apps side by side, there is a noticeable delay from the Roku TV by at least a full second. On some app, it even has 2 seconds difference on loading time.
Although, the Fire TV has this annoying ads which the Roku TV doesn’t have. Furthermore, Roku’s interface is far simpler to use than the other. Amazon’s very own Fire TV just opens up a lot of tabs within tabs that can make it confusing to use for beginners.
Best Streaming TV – Fire Tv vs Roku TV
To be honest, there is no clear winner here. With their very minor differences, you can’t go wrong whichever you choose to pick. Both streaming softwares are amazing and will provide high quality videos.
However, if I had to choose, I would recommend the Insigna 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Fire TV. To me, the voice control is a very nice feature to have. I have been using an Apple TV for a year now, and believe me, typing on an on-screen keyboard can be a pain. The voice control feature of the Apple TV is nowhere near what Alexa can do.
Also, be on the lookout as most of these TVs go on sale often. You can purchase the Fire TV and Roku TV at Amazon.com.
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