Chromecast and other accessories for connecting your phone or tablet to the TV review

Chromecast and other accessories for connecting your phone or tablet to the TV review
We've all been there, lounging on the couch with our phone or tablet and wishing we could stream videos from the internal storage, Netflix, YouTube and so on to the largest screen in the house right in front of us. 

Google's Chromecast, Samsung's HomeSync, HTC's Media Link HD, Sony's Personal Content Station, Apple TV - everyone is scrambling for a solution to connect our most personal of gadgets, like phones and tablet, to the largest screen in the house. Wireless streaming is, of course, preferable for our lazy ways, but we don't mind the occasional cable snake if the mobile device can be hooked that way for cheap, or if the wireless sees too many interruptions, as is often the case.

There are streaming hubs and dongles for the wireless part, in case you don't have a DLNA-capable TV, and adapters for almost any kind of port for the wired way, including for older TV sets without an HDMI input, so check out a few of them in our slideshow below to know what you are in for when considering a TV hookup on the cheap.



1. yousef8824

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

the archos tv connect is a tablet without a screen

2. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Totally didn't know about Acrhos's product. I think it's really cool. Should have looked into it before I ordered my Chromecast

3. thachlel

Posts: 75; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Can my phone or tablet screen off while casting YouTube to tv?

4. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Yes, for all apps on Chromecast.

5. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

My favorite feature so far on Chromecast is that I have been able to listen to music on websites and play local music and videos. Chrome needs to be updated to play more video formats but some did work. If Chrome can do that then I will never need to be wired to the TV with my laptop again.

6. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

*Sigh* Why is it so hard to find a decent device for connecting a phone to a TV via DLNA?

7. MAXXtreme007

Posts: 22; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

"Can't be Apple TV if you've invested into the Apple ecosystem..." Actually yes you can. And for only $14.99! AirServer Just found an app you can install on your Mac or PC called AirServer. It's a program that enables AirPlay from your iOS device to your computer over the same wifi network. It works great for me (I use an iPhone 5 and iPad 3 to connect to my MacBook Pro). Further more, so many people connect their computer into the TV anyway, so you can mirror your iOS device to your computer and therefore your TV. Works flawlessly for me (even with my slow Internet) and it only costs $14.99 (plus a 7 day free trial). Great investment if you ask me.

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