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Google Chromecast Mini-Review

Home Theater Blog
5 January 2014
  • Excerpt: It’s been a few weeks  now since I picked up a Google Chromecast, at that time the apps Du jour were Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Pandora, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music and tab cast (Chromecast’s method of streaming a browser window). While these features were nice all of them were replicated elsewhere in my system and I was happy enough just to use Chromecast as a silent, fanless YouTube streamer,  imagine my surprise when a week later Plex Media...
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Overall 6

Chromecast Review

29 October 2013
  • Conclusion: . It’s perfect for quickly and cheaply adding Netflix or YouTube to additional televisions or adding streaming options while on the go. It’s now up to Google to broaden its content possibilities or risk watching Chromecast go the way of Google TV.
  • Pros: Dirt cheap. Trouble-free setup. Elegant presentation for supported services.
  • Cons: Limited launch support from streaming services. Requires AC power for HDTVs without USB port. Requires hacks or workarounds for QuickTime, iTunes, and other content
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Expert Review

Mobile Tech Addicts
20 October 2013
  • Conclusion: Update: I have tried the Chromecast on various televsions around the house and on both main wireless networks and the problem is still evident.
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Google Chromecast Review

2 October 2013
  • Excerpt: Google is now trying a second shot to capture your attention on the largest screen in your house – your television.
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Overall 8

Google Chromecast review

22 August 2013
  • Excerpt: It’s been three weeks since Google’s latest Chrome gadget – the Chromecast – arrived on my doorstep . Since then, I’ve been enjoying my three months of free Netflix almost every day, along with Google Play Music and YouTube. I’ve also been streaming content from my Chromebook Pixel and my partner’s Windows 7 laptop through the Chromecast, too. I haven’t been hacking or tinkering with it , but instead am using it just like anyone else would.
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Overall 10

Expert Review

Home Theater Reviews
16 August 2013
  • Conclusion: The Google Chromecast isn't the perfect fit for everyone. Those who just want a simple, one-box source to watch Netflix and other Web-based content on their TV will be happier with a Roku or Apple TV. However, if you're a smartphone, tablet, or laptop owner who's looking for an easy, inexpensive way to get your favorite Web-based content off the small screen and into your home theater environment, the Google Chromecast is definitely a must-see.
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Google Chromecast Review – Easy Wireless Streaming

Legit Reviews
13 August 2013
  • Excerpt: When Google announced the Chromecast wireless streaming device it rocked the tech industry. For just $35 shipped , the Google Chromecast will turn any ‘dumb’ HDTV into a ‘smart’ TV that is capable of streaming media from Netflix and YouTube. You can also send entire tabs from the Chrome browser on Macs and PCs, which means you can basically put any site or service on TV with just the click of a button.
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[Hands-On] CheapCast Enters The Play Store, Succeeds In Turning Any Android Device Into A Chromecast

Android Police
12 August 2013
  • Excerpt: The Chromecast is already a cheap device, but it isn't exactly easy to get your hands on one right now. The device sold out . Now Google Play estimates that new purchases won't ship for 3 - 4 weeks, and who knows when Amazon will restock. What's a person left to do? Enter the CheapCast, a Short answer: yes. Like the Chromecast dongle that it replaces, the CheapCast doesn't have much in the way of options, nor does it take long to set up.
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Google Chromecast

12 August 2013
  • Conclusion: Google Chromecast is an interesting product and rarely has a TV product sparked so much excitement. The TV market is about to enter a new phase and after the Google TV project failed miserably Google has taken a new direction with wireless streaming and Chromecast, which is really exciting – at least on paper. We say on paper because right now the Chromecast doesn’t do much. With a smartphone or tablet in your hand you can stream Netflix, YouTube, and Google Play Movies.
  • Pros: Functional and simple, Chrome tab mirroring useful, Full picture quality when cloud streaming, Android & iOS support, Low price, Great prospects in Chromecast
  • Cons: Only Netflix, YouTube & Google Play Movies app support, Mirroring requires powerful PC/Mac but tops at 720p, Local media streaming not optimal yet, stutter & audio sync issues, No device-to-device streaming
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Overall 8

Google Chromecast

PC Magazine
11 August 2013
  • Conclusion: The Google Chromecast is the least expensive way to access online services on your HDTV if you can't do so already, but better options are available now.
  • Pros: Extremely inexpensive. Smooth integration with supported apps. Easy to set up. Useful accessories. Supports multiple Chromecasts on the same network.
  • Cons: No local media playback. Chrome integration is limited.
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