Google Chromecast Review: Yes, It's Worth Every Penny - HotHardware

Google Chromecast Review: Yes, It's Worth Every Penny

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Our time with the Google Chromecast was mostly trouble-free. The Chromecast app for Android devices installed in seconds and sending YouTube videos up to the Chromecast “just worked”. Once the Chromecast is configured, all that’s required to send videos up to the TV is the tap of a button. The same held true using the Google Cast extension for Chrome. Sending content from a browser window requires nothing more than a couple of clicks. Image quality was also quite good, depending on the quality of the source material, of course.

It was during the installation and setup of the Chromecast in only one environment that we had any issues. Connecting the device directly to a Netgear R6300 router at a distance of about 15 feet worked properly. Connecting to an ASUS RT-AC66U router through a couple of walls at a distance of about 30 feet also worked properly from the get go. Trying to connect the Chromecast to an older Linksys WRT-310N router or to a Hawking Range Extender (which was paired to the same router) at distances of about 20 – 40 feet, however, did not function properly. We were not able to establish a reliable connection to fully configure the device, even after multiple attempts. This is probably an isolated problem, but something we thought we should point out nonetheless.

The bottom line is that the Google Chromecast is absolutely awesome for the money. If you want the ability to quickly and easily share multimedia content from your mobile device or PC to a big screen TV, spending the $35 for a Chromecast is a no brainer. It’s not a very powerful device and certainly can’t compete with more expensive media streamers or HTPCs, in terms of flexibility or functionality, but for under 40 bucks, who cares?

  • Simple Setup
  • Cheap
  • Good Image Quality
  • Few Supported Apps At The Moment
  • Minimal Features

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Chromecast is great when you want to stream media that's in the cloud, but it can't play music or videos that reside on your pc or phone. I'll be glad when Google approves the use of apps like MyCast that should enable users to stream content from their own devices, as well as from the cloud.

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Agreed. But even still--for 35 bucks, the Chromecast is a worthwhile purchase.

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Much better than Chromecast is the new Miracast TV -- which doesn’t limit the content you display like Chromecast does, and a new Miracast HD Wireless adapter ($39) became available this week, which offers a lot more features and works much more like Apple’s $100+ Airplay Wireless display technology–

One of the first sources to carry this new device is TabletSprint -- worth checking out for this alone… and for Android tablets, including a new series of tablets that launch next week that outprice and outperform the new Nexus -- definitely worth reviewing...

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ReeceCooper:

Much better than Chromecast is the new Miracast TV -- which doesn’t limit the content you display like Chromecast does, and a new Miracast HD Wireless adapter ($39) became available this week, which offers a lot more features and works much more like Apple’s $100+ Airplay Wireless display technology–

One of the first sources to carry this new device is TabletSprint -- worth checking out for this alone… and for Android tablets, including a new series of tablets that launch next week that outprice and outperform the new Nexus -- definitely worth reviewing...

 

Miracast is just  branding for Intel's Wireless Display (WiDi) tech. many TVs with built-in wifi already support this.

 

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Just got that thing this week.... it only works with netflix and you tube. and when you cast netflix from your phone, netflix "thinks " you are watching Netflix on two devices Phone and Tv, even if phone screen is off after a few seconds) so if you have netflix membership for 7.99 and you are "allowed" to watch it on two devices that's it -nobody can watch anything else on netflix in that time. That's sucks!!!!!

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We got it finally! Better than we expected. $35 not so much for it.

Google Chromecast teszt

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A good product. Another product(ipazzportcast) has been released. It is simple but the same useful with Chromecast.

http://ipazzport.com/NC-812-16C.html

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