Google Chromecast Review
Those that sing the death of traditional media may be a bit premature, but there is no doubt that content delivery is changing. Non-traditional players are creating original content, most notably Netflix which has two of this year’s most talked about shows in House of Cards and Arrested Development. Microsoft is making a strong play to take over your family room with the Xbox One, a device that goes well beyond gaming. Roku might not yet be a household name, but their diminutive, affordable box is making it into more and more homes. Google has long seen this shift coming, and tried to get into the game with Google TV back in 2010, then again with last year’s Nexus Q. While those avenues has been all but a failure, Google is back with a newer, simpler and cheaper way to get content from your small screens to your big one: Chromecast. This tiny HDMI dongle will run you just $35, and promises a painless way to shift your favorite content from your phone, tablet or laptop right to your TV. The price is almost too good to be true, and the promises are almost too simple...can Chromecast deliver?
There isn’t much to the Chromecast dongle. On one end of the stick is a gold HDMI connector, and on the other is a microUSB port for the power adapter, a reset button (hold for 25 seconds) and an LED indicator light. The Chromecast does need to be powered and even though HDMI 1.4 ports and ports supporting MHL are able to supply power, neither provide enough juice to feed the Chromecast. This means officially you’ll need the microUSB connector which is yet another wire behind your TV. If you’re lucky your TV has a USB port to plug into, otherwise you’ll need another free outlet as well.
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1. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 529; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Great product google definitely a good one
tiny,portable and above all highly useful
and nice price tag awesome.... Too good to be true...wait its true.. Ha ha
2. mambocream (Posts: 27; Member since: 10 Jun 2011)
Set mine up yesterday. Simple setup took about 2 minutes and I was streaming from Netflix. Hopefully this takes off and more apps begin to allow casting to it.
3. Alantef (Posts: 278; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)
this should of been the first 10....its crazy easy
5. -box- (Posts: 3470; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
No, it should get an 7 for "lacking apps". Hey ooooooh!!!!
It's a neat product and good for them making it easy, but it needs to be more cross-platform friendly (not everyone uses chrome or android, after all) and should have more content at launch, something that's helped Roku be so successful.
Also, I haven't seen any pictures of it in use; does one plug this into HDMI but then have to also plug in a MicroUSB charging cord, or does the user have to unplug it every so often to charge it?
6. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3264; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
It works on iOS as well. And technically, since you can stream your entire Chrome browser on it on Mac and Windows (though it's in beta I think), it has unlimited content.
You have to plug it in with a microUSB cord while you're using it, there is no battery.
4. druna974 (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Aug 2013)
"that streams YouTube and Netflix to your bedroom or hotel TV" - I don't think anyone has been able to get this to work in a hotel room (without using a personal router on a personal cellular hotspot).
7. zinniadx (Posts: 4; Member since: 29 Apr 2013)
Google's Smarter Idiot Box - Chrome cast, with Minimum of hardware, helps you to stream your video and browser content to your TV screen and It can connect to almost every popular operating system available today including Android, iOS, Windows, Mac and its own big brother Chrome OS. And the best part, You don’t even need a remote. Just press a button on your main device and you will see the video or contents of your chrome browser on the Big screen in your home.
8. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 722; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)
This seems pointless... Why would I want this over the HDMI connection on my RAZR when that does full mirroring without a hiccup? No wires? Yeah I get it if you use the services that currently work, but if I already have movies from other sources on my phone, and photos I want to beam to my TV, this is useless right now. I'll pass for a hard wired connection until someone comes out with a true open source solution that all platforms can use.
10. sarge77 (Posts: 140; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
if you have a smart tv yes you dont need it because you can connect to it and push your smartphone image to it. this is great news for me though watch any content from my phone to tv sounds good something the ps3 couldnt offer for some reason the codec the smartphones use for aac mp4 wasnt good for ps3 though I never tried it on my xbox. The chromecast woukd be more functional if it mirrored gaming as well or just mirrored the phones period rather than using google app great concept google.
9. TheTinCity (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)
This little gadget has worked well for me, but you may want to take a look at these reviews before you make a decision: amzn. to/14H2nLw - These reviews definitely helped me make a wise choice.