The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a portable media streamer that is able to plug into any HDMI socket. The pocket-sized device comes with an HDMI extension cable, allowing the stick to hang freely, lest it get in the way of your other devices. On the other side, the Fire Stick features a micro-USB port that requires a wall outlet or powered USB socket.
Armed with a dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, the Fire Stick runs smoothly and efficiently, even when you're switching between multiple devices. That being said, the Fire TV Stick lacks the Ethernet port and optical audio output that's found in the Fire TV.
To get the most bang for your buck (and the stick only retails for $39) you'll want to invest in the Amazon Prime subscription service. For only $99 per year, the home screen will allow access to countless programs and videos, from HBO to Comedy Central.