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: 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...
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.
Chromecast review (updated): Google's $35 streamer inches forward, but not past Roku
3 December 2013
Summary: Google's $35 Chromecast stick is a cheap and easy way to add streaming video and music to your TV, but it still isn't as fully featured as similarly priced Roku boxes.
Pros: The Google Chromecast is a dirt-cheap wireless video dongle that streams Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, Google Music, Google Movies & TV, and HBO Go to your TV using Android or iOS tablets as remotes. Its small size hides neatly behind your TV and makes it easy to take with you when traveling.
Cons: The beta screen-mirroring feature won't work as well as you want it to, so you're largely limited to the supported apps. The lack of a dedicated remote also means you always need a smartphone or tablet nearby. And for $15 more, you can get a Roku box with many more channels and an onscreen interface for a more traditional TV experience.
Excerpt: Google took the consumer electronics world in July by storm with the announcement of the Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player, a digital media dongle available at the unbelievably low price point of $35.
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
Google's Chromecast Is Magical, But Not Without Issues
29 October 2013
Excerpt: Google’s Chromecast bills itself on the box as “the easiest way to watch online video on your TV.” Following in the footsteps of Google TV and the company’s never-released Nexus Q from last year, the easy-to-connect dongle represents Google’s latest attempt to take over your living room. Will it be successful? The device faces tough competition from a number of other connected devices ranging from the Apple TV to Roku.