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.
Select it and Viola you are now viewing what is in your browser on your TV.
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. How did Roku do? Read our Google Chromecast v.
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. Unique in its approach to streaming media, the Chromecast dongle can stream from a Chrome Web browser (PC or Mac) and from certain apps on iPhones, iPads, and Android phones and tablets.
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. For the present, we did enjoy the device and thought that the overall experience was positive. When the Chromecast first released with three free months of Netflix, the value was ridiculous.
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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. My findings were far less remarkable; the Chromecast somehow manages to flit between being both impressive and undeveloped. It’s best to start at the beginning.
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 the list. It came with a USB power cord and an HDMI extension cord with claimed to be able to enhance wireless performance.
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...