Chromecast (2013)by Google

  • Chromecast (2013)
  • Chromecast (2013)
  • Chromecast (2013)
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
78%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • Chromecast is a hassle-free and inexpensive way to stream Internet media to any TV with a free HDMI port.
  • You can "cast" from pretty much any computer or mobile device by installing an app.
  • The device is small--about the size of a typical thumb drive--and easy to install.

CONS

  • Chromecast can only stream natively from Internet services that support the platform, and only a limited number do.
  • The quality of video mirrored from a Chrome browser may not be as good as content coming directly from the Internet.
  • Chromecast doesn't provide an interface of its own, so to pause, rewind or otherwise control the video stream you must go to the content source--the mobile app or browser.
Chromecast is a dirt-cheap alternative to popular streaming media offerings such as Apple TV and Roku. The size of a standard thumb drive, it plugs into a TV's HDMI port and a power source, and displays content streamed from mobile apps that support the platform--Netflix, YouTube and HBO Now, for example--or from Chrome Web browsers on computers.
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ManufacturerGoogleRokuAmazonGoogleNZXT
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Chromecast, pure and simple, is an inexpensive media streaming adapter that turns any HDMI-equipped television into an app-driven smart TV w…

Chromecast, pure and simple, is an inexpensive media streaming adapter that turns any HDMI-equipped television into an app-driven smart TV when paired with a phone, tablet or computer.

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85%

What $35 really buys you is the simplest possible way to send tabs from Chrome to your TV screen, and it works. It works really well, in fac…

What $35 really buys you is the simplest possible way to send tabs from Chrome to your TV screen, and it works. It works really well, in fact; if you can see it in Chrome, you can get it on your TV, with only a few exceptions.

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84%

Chromecast is an easy way to stream internet video to your TV from almost any source. With a price of just $35 it's a bona fide steal.

Chromecast is an easy way to stream internet video to your TV from almost any source. With a price of just $35 it's a bona fide steal.

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80%

Unlike every other media streamer in our buying guide, Google’s $35 TV dongle doesn’t include a proper remote control or an interface that y…

Unlike every other media streamer in our buying guide, Google’s $35 TV dongle doesn’t include a proper remote control or an interface that you can navigate through the television. Everything’s controlled through a phone, tablet, or PC. Just hit the “Cast” button in supported apps such as Netflix or Hulu and the video starts playing on the big screen.

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80%

Chromecast isn't just about video, although that's clearly a primary purpose. In fact, any supported app can be cast to your TV, letting you…

Chromecast isn't just about video, although that's clearly a primary purpose. In fact, any supported app can be cast to your TV, letting you send photos, audio and even the full on-screen app, interface and all.

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80%

A low-cost competitor to Apple TV and Roku which allows you to stream online video and music to your TV using smartphones, tablets, PCs and …

A low-cost competitor to Apple TV and Roku which allows you to stream online video and music to your TV using smartphones, tablets, PCs and laptops, we love the Google Chromecast.

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If you live by your smartphone and want to put your favorite YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu Plus shows on your HDTV, the Chromecast is an excell…

If you live by your smartphone and want to put your favorite YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu Plus shows on your HDTV, the Chromecast is an excellent way to bring your devices together. As a media hub, though, it doesn't offer nearly as smooth or simple an experience as the competition.

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Part of investing in Chromecast is having faith that support will come but, going by the adoption rate for many of the big names, we are sur…

Part of investing in Chromecast is having faith that support will come but, going by the adoption rate for many of the big names, we are sure the rest will follow.

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70%

Chromecast pulls everything from the cloud, while AirPlay also works with media stored on your device. It's a frustrating limitation; you fe…

Chromecast pulls everything from the cloud, while AirPlay also works with media stored on your device. It's a frustrating limitation; you feel like you should be able to easily beam your own photos, videos, and music from your smartphone to the Chromecast, but that doesn't work without venturing into third-party solutions.

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60%

Although the Chromecast is almost foolproof in both setup and functionality, what it does is extremely limited compared to the competition.

Although the Chromecast is almost foolproof in both setup and functionality, what it does is extremely limited compared to the competition.

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The Chromecast does what it claims to do very well and makes streaming video from Netflix and YouTube very easy indeed using a smartphone, t…

The Chromecast does what it claims to do very well and makes streaming video from Netflix and YouTube very easy indeed using a smartphone, tablet or computer as a wireless remote. The problem is that Chromecast doesn’t do a lot more than that.

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Hulu, Vimeo, HBO Go and others have already pledged their support, and a small army of independent developers has started to hack away and b…

Hulu, Vimeo, HBO Go and others have already pledged their support, and a small army of independent developers has started to hack away and bring their own apps and games to the device. All of this means that Chromecast will get substantially better over the coming months.

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Google’s new Chromecast gizmo is the smallest, cheapest, simplest way yet to add Internet to your TV. It looks like a portly flash drive or …

Google’s new Chromecast gizmo is the smallest, cheapest, simplest way yet to add Internet to your TV. It looks like a portly flash drive or maybe a fat keychain — and it costs $35. That’s not a typo.

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If you're an all-Apple household with $99 to spare, AirPlay and Apple TV work great. But, if you want a less costly solution that works with…

If you're an all-Apple household with $99 to spare, AirPlay and Apple TV work great. But, if you want a less costly solution that works with all your devices across platforms, and can wait while Google gradually gets more apps to adopt it, Chromecast is a winner.

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53% Said they'd buy it again. Would You?
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Positive Reviews
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I love my Chromecast
I love my Chromecast. It's easy to use, can be controlled by any device and let's me stream Netflix to my TV so my computer doesn't burn my legs :D
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No TV wihout chromecast
I bought it a couple of weeks ago and can't imagin using my tv (a samsung smart tv) without it, the youtube loads way faster then the one of the smart tv. And now I can also watch my favorite streams on twitch on my tv. The best part is that you can plug it in into any tv, just take it with you, plug it in and watch with your smartphone as remote
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Not only the best value, but best overall also.
Make sure you have a strong wifi signal, as a weak one is probably the cause of the few bad reviews this device has. My apartment is small and I can easily and consistently stream 1080p video from chrome tabs without any stutter whatsoever. The sheer number of apps makes this thing unbeatable. Plex or localcast will let you stream local media, and pretty much every other app is supported as well. Add on browser + phone screen streaming and it easily does much more than any other device on the market.
Negative Reviews
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Streaming quality not as good from browser
Streaming quality has a bit of delay, when using a chrome browser. Also, very limited apps. My son broke 2 of these very easily, by just pulling the charging cable that connects the device to usb port of my tv.
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Get a Roku 3 instead
This device is good for what it costs, but it was a hassle to use. I wasn't happy with the quality of streaming tabs from the Chrome browser. Most of my devices are Apple, so maybe you'd have better luck if you have Android devices. Instead buy a Roku 3, it costs a bit more but it's a lot faster and easier to use, and it plays a lot more content.
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Works sometimes
I purchased the Chromecast for my second television since I didn't want to invest in another Apple TV (which is three times the price). While it works most times, the streaming quality is not that great and I have constant connectivity issues which is very frustrating to the overall viewing experience. I recommend investing in an Apple TV instead. It's worth the higher price!

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