Amazon launched its personal branded Fire TV television units final month with attractively low worth tags for a big, if underwhelming, 4K display — and as we speak, they’re getting the promised Zoom video calling app so that you can chat with household and associates this vacation season (and past). While we famous that Zoom was lacking at launch and merely “coming soon” as of December seventh, Amazon has managed to roll it out in time for Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.
There’s no digital camera constructed into these TVs, after all. As Amazon explains in its official weblog put up, you’ll want a suitable USB webcam to make it work, one with 720p or 1080p decision, and the corporate solely particularly lists the Logitech C920, C922x, and C310 as examples. And even in case you have a superb microphone on that webcam or a set of fantastic audio system, you gained’t have the ability to use them: Amazon notes that the Zoom app will use your TV microphone and TV audio system for now.
That stated, it feels like a straightforward option to put your household celebration up on the large display, in comparison with the mess of laptop computer, webcam and cable, HDMI cable, and laptop computer energy cable that I’ve discovered myself utilizing to do the identical factor. The video exhibits you gained’t even must dig via Amazon’s app retailer to seek out the Zoom app; “Alexa, find Zoom” will get you there.
Amazon additionally introduced Zoom to its second-gen Fire TV Cube this July, although not the first-gen Cube. Its Fire TV Sticks don’t have a USB port to plug in a webcam, anyhow.
If image high quality isn’t essential to you, the units are on sale now. The two hottest sizes are at present $410 for the 55-inch mannequin or $660 for the 65-inch one. For finances consumers, we’d most likely suggest TCL’s 6-Series Roku TVs as an alternative, however Zoom isn’t at present out there on Roku, and also you’d pay about $100 extra for the set.