Google Chromecast Review

Google 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 streamed from the Internet to your big screen TV: Chromecast. This tiny HDMI dongle will run you just $35, and promises a painless way to stream some of your favorite content to your TV, controlled from your phone, tablet or laptop...
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10 Comments

1. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 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: 29; Member since: Jun 10, 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: 288; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

this should of been the first 10....its crazy easy

5. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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: 3; Member since: Aug 08, 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: Apr 29, 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: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 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: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 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: Sep 26, 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.
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