Summary: Usage & Final Thoughts
Using the Chromecast is extremely easy. As it is always on all you have to do is turn on your TV and switch the input to the Chromecast. Then just hit the cast extension in your browser and you will see your Chromecast in the list of devices you are able to cast to.
Pros: – Easy to set up, – Inexpensive, – Lot’s of supported apps, – Can cast any open Chrome tab
Cons: – Requires another device to work, cannot load apps on it
Summary: Which media streamer should you buy? Google's Chromecast is cheap but needs a smartphone or tablet to control it, which Amazon's Fire TV is more expensive and works best if you subscribe to the company's Instant Video service. Here's our Fire TV vs Chromecast comparison.
Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter vs Google Chromecast
15 November 2014
Excerpt: Microsoft saw Apple, Google and Amazon trying to compete with Roku in the streaming HDMI dongle category and decided to throw its hat in the ring with the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter. We decided it put it up against the most popular such device: the Google Chromecast.
Google Chromecast v. Roku Streaming Stick: Which One Should I Buy?
11 May 2014
Excerpt: When Google released the Google Chromecast last year and it made a big splash and sold briskly thanks to the low price and simple, but useful functionality. Roku didn’t want to be outdone; it followed with the Roku Streaming Stick to compete with Google’s inexpensive HDMI dongle.
Excerpt: The Google Chromecast was an instant hit when it came on the tech scene, selling out before its release date last August. At $35, it’s the least expensive way to stream movies and music to your TV and view photos from online.
Summary: Our experience with the Chromecast was a bit marred due to the lack of iOS support at the time of our testing. We sent the device back before the app was released. Maybe in the future, we could get our hands on another Chromecast and make some appends to this review.
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Excerpt: A great veil of misconception surrounds the Google Chromecast. It’s been billed by many as the dongle destined to turn any HDMI TV into a smart TV (regardless of how stupid that particular TV may be) and furthermore punted as the whizz-kid competitor to Apple TV.
Summary: Technically, the Chromecast is a wonder to behold. If all you want is a cheap way to get iPlayer and Netflix, it's a good choice, but it needs more content before it becomes a must-buy for most.
Pros: Google's Chromecast is cheap and streams iPlayer, Netflix, YouTube and Google content to your TV using phones, tablets or computers as remotes. It's easy to setup and use, and the video quality is great.
Cons: Not enough services are supported yet and screen-mirroring sucks for video. The lack of a dedicated remote also means you always need a smartphone or tablet nearby, plus for £20 less, you can get a re-badged Roku box from Now TV that includes iPlayer.
Excerpt: In this column, you have seen reviews of most major media streaming devices including Roku, Boxee, Movie Night, Logitech Revue, Rabbit TV, as well as few others. While it has been out for a while, I just got a hold of Google Chromecast and within a few minutes of owning it, placed it at the top of...