Amazon launched its personal branded Fire TV television units final month with attractively low value tags for a giant, if underwhelming, 4K display screen — and as we speak, they’re getting the promised Zoom video calling app so that you can chat with household and buddies this vacation season (and past). Whereas we famous that Zoom was lacking at launch and merely “coming quickly” as of December seventh, Amazon has managed to roll it out in time for Christmas and New 12 months’s celebrations.
There’s no digital camera constructed into these TVs, after all. As Amazon explains in its official blog post, 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 if in case you have a good microphone on that webcam or a set of wonderful 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 appears like a straightforward option to put your loved ones celebration up on the massive display screen, 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 reveals you gained’t even must dig via Amazon’s app retailer to search out the Zoom app; “Alexa, discover Zoom” will get you there.
Amazon additionally introduced Zoom to its second-gen Fire TV Dice this July, although not the first-gen Dice. 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 2 hottest sizes are at the moment $410 for the 55-inch model or $660 for the 65-inch one. For funds consumers, we’d in all probability advocate TCL’s 6-Collection Roku TVs as an alternative, however Zoom isn’t at the moment out there on Roku, and also you’d pay about $100 extra for the set.