Amazon has just put the new Alexa Voice Remote on sale for $14.99 (£14.99 UK) (€14,99 DE). That is 50% off the regular price of $29.99 and this is the first time that it has ever been on sale. It’s very rare for Amazon to put their remotes on sale, so if you’ve been thinking of buying the new remote, this is your chance to get it at a hefty discount.
The new Alexa Voice Remote is being put on sale in conjunction with the announcement that the regular Fire TV Stick will now include the new remote for the same price of $39.99. Since many people purchased the Fire TV Stick with the old remote during the holidays while it was on sale for $24.99, this remote sale essentially makes up for missing out on the new bundle. If you purchased the old Fire TV Stick bundle on sale for $24.99 and you purchase this new remote for $14.99, you will have paid the same price as if you waited to buy the new bundle. Better yet, you will be better off because you now also have the old voice remote to use as a backup or secondary remote.
Two Fire TV remotes can be used simultaneously on one device. This handy for two-player games that don’t require game controllers, but it’s also nice to have his and hers remotes or an adult remote and a kids remote. The new Alexa voice remote is only compatible with the 2nd-Gen Fire TV Stick, 3rd-Gen Fire TV (Pendant), Fire TV Cube, and Fire TV Stick 4K. It is not compatible with the 1st-Gen Fire TV, 1st-Gen Fire TV Stick, 2nd-Gen Fire TV, or Fire TV Edition televisions.
In addition to being able to control power, volume, and mute, through the dedicated buttons on the remote, the Alexa Voice Remote can also replicate all the same universal remote capabilities of the Fire TV Cube’s IR blasters. This means that you can use the new remote to change inputs, turn soundbars/receivers on or off, and even change channels on cable or satellite boxes. This is all done by speaking your request into the microphone on the remote and then pointing the remote at your home theater equipment.
For those of you with surround sound speakers, the power button on the remote can be configured to turn on both your TV and soundbar/receiver simultaneously. It can also automatically change the input of your TV and/or sound equipment to your Fire TV at the same time so that everything is up and ready with a single button press. As for the volume and mute buttons on the remote, they can be configured to control either your TVs volume or your soundbar/receiver volume. This configuration is independent of how the power button is configured, so you can have the power button control only the TV, if you’d like, and the volume buttons control your soundbar/receiver.