If you’re looking for a relatively affordable techie gift for the holidays that isn’t super basic, the Fire TV Stick 4K Max is a good middle ground. It’s small and cheap, like the Fire TV Stick Lite, but offers 4K resolution and more features for just a little more money. It also has 16GB of storage (for apps, games, and other downloads) and a faster processor, which makes its menus less sluggish and is capable of Dolby Vision, HDR10+, and immersive Dolby Atmos sound. Another neat feature is the Fire TV Ambient Experience, which will turn your TV into living artwork by displaying over 2,000 different museum-quality art and photography pieces.
Plus, the latest-generation version of the stick includes widgets that will display things like your weather, calendar, and even recipes on your screen when you’re not actively using it. Unfortunately, the Fire TV Stick 4K Max shares the same drawback many other Amazon products do, bombarding you with constant promotions and other ads through its interface. However, that’s also partly why it’s so inexpensive. The list price for the Fire TV Stick 4K Max is $60, but Amazon is currently selling it for $45.