The Certified Refurbished 2nd-Gen Fire TV will be back in stock next week and is once again available to order now. Ever since the Fire TV 3 was released, availability of the refurbished Fire TV 2 has been sporadic and very limited. The product listing currently says it will be in stock on June 25th and it’s possible to place an order now to secure one. This might be one of the last chances to buy a Fire TV 2 directly from Amazon, so if you were in the market for a new Fire TV but decided that the Fire TV Cube was not for you, then you might want to snag a Fire TV 2 while you still can.
The streaming device market as a whole is shifting away from gaming-centric hardware to less expensive devices that focus mainly on video playback specs. While the Fire TV 3 and Fire TV Cube are technically better video players, thanks to their support for 4K @ 60 FPS and their support for HDR, the Fire TV 2 does hold certain advantages.
The Fire TV 2 has superior gaming capabilities, thanks to its more powerful GPU. It also has built-in Ethernet, USB, and microSD, which are things that require the use of external dongles for the Fire TV Cube. It is also the only Fire TV model that can use the headphone jack on the Fire TV Game Controller.
If you’re thinking of getting the Fire TV 2, instead of the Fire TV Cube, be aware that there are things you’re giving up. The Fire TV 2 is limited to 4K @ 30 FPS and doesn’t support HDR. It also only has 8GB of internal storage, compared to the Cube’s 16GB. The Fire TV 2 is running Fire OS 5, while the Cube runs Fire OS 6. There’s no advantage at all to Fire OS 6 right now, but that might one day change and we don’t know if Fire OS 5 devices will ever be updated to Fire OS 6. Lastly, of course, you’re giving up the hands-free and IR capabilities of the Fire TV Cube if you decide to buy the Fire TV 2.