UNBOXED: Reviewing the Westinghouse Amazon Fire TV Edition
To properly review the Westinghouse Amazon Fire TV Edition, you have to understand the type of consumer that this TV is geared towards and where the TV actually fits in the grand scheme of this market.
For the ultra high-end display enthusiasts who are looking for an anchor piece to their newly built home theater room, this isn’t going to be the TV for you—our CE Week TV Shootout proved that. And that’s absolutely fine, because that’s not what Westinghouse is going for. What they are going for, though, is a product that’s incredibly affordable and packed with features geared towards the 21st century TV watcher—and smart home consumer.
And they completely nailed it.
The Amazon Fire TV Edition line has four different models that range from 43 inches up to 65 inches with MSRPs that go from $549 up to $899. (We looked at the 65 inch model for this review.) With that, you’re getting a TV that supports 4K UHD video with a native refresh rate of 60Hz (120Hz effective), a quad-core CPU/GPU chipset, built in WiFi and Bluetooth functionality, all of your standard TV inputs and outputs, and 3 gigs of memory and 16 gigs of internal storage (expandable up to 128GB).
But the main selling point of the product is in the name itself. By integrating Amazon Fire TV into the set, the product becomes a one-stop-shop for everything. Users have access to everything that you’d expect from the Amazon Fire TV platform. There are more than 300,000 streaming TV episodes and movies, Amazon Video and Music content, an endless amount of apps, all of the popular music and video streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Spotify, and more.
And we haven’t even touched on Alexa yet.
Integrated right into the remote—like you’ll find on the second generation Amazon Fire Stick remotes—there’s a dedicated Alexa button. Hold that down and you can interact with your TV like you would any Echo device, except now you can ask Amazon’s voice assistant to pull up TV content, change apps, play games, shop on Amazon, control your smart home products, and more. And all of that can happen as you sit comfortably on your couch.
By capitalizing on the internal processing hardware of the Westinghouse TV, the Amazon Fire platform is much snappier and quicker than what you get out of the traditional Fire Stick. And, best of all, you still have the ability to download all of your favorite third party apps (cough Kodi cough cough).
Bottom line, the Westinghouse Amazon Fire TV Edition simplifies the streaming TV experience. And they package it in a product that produces a quality 4K image. Even though it’s not an HDR-ready set, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better all-around TV at a price point that’s this competitive.
There’s a reason why this TV was honored with a Gold Best in Show Award at CE Week 2017. We were impressed, then, by the value of the product both in terms of the price and everything that Westinghouse was able to pack into the display. Getting hands-on with the TV just drove all of those points home even further.