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Streaming media players & services

Google Chromecast
Price range:
$28.95 - $39.99
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Type: Basic
About - Google Chromecast

The Google Chromecast is part of the streaming media player & service test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, streaming media players models like the Chromecast are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Picture quality:
Picture quality includes image clarity, color accuracy, and contrast of streaming video. It's based mainly on the judgments of a panel who compare each device's output to a reference. However, the quality of the video that you'll get is largely dependent on the speed of your wired or wireless network. We tested all the players using a wired Ethernet connection, if available.

This score reflects the presence or absence of features, including the number of streaming video services, other internet services, and the ability to play media files

Everyday use:
How easy it is to use on a normal basis.
Features & Specs - Google Chromecast
info App or channel store None
info Streaming video services Netflix, Hulu Plus, Play Movies & TV
info Web browsing Yes
info Supports dual-band Wi-Fi No
info HDMI input No
info USB ports 0
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User Reviews - Google Chromecast
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I could never get it to work
It's cheap
Did not work
Instructions very poor
Jargon Not Defined
Not intuitive
Best Uses
When I bought the Google Chromecast, I had already installed a Roku video streaming device and a Wii without any problems. The Roku and Wii functioned flawlessly. But the Chromecast was downright exasperating. After struggling for over two hours to get it to work, I gave up. The instructions were absolutely minimal, and confusing. Example: Google uses the term casting, but doesn't bother to define the term.<br /><br />The Chromecast might be easier to install with a smart phone or a tablet. I was attempting to use it with a laptop computer running Windows 7.<br /><br />In any event, I gave the device the lowest score (1) because I could not get it to work at all. Fortunately, it cost only $35, but the Roku video streaming device cost only a little more, was easy to install, and works very well.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
Good for home use - Not for hotel
Ease of Use
Netflix Video Quality
Video quality
Not Compatible Whotel
Not Compatible W Hotel
Best Uses
Streaming Netflix
Streaming Youtube
Chromecast works as advertised with a home network and video quality is really sharp. But if you purchase it for use on the road, be advised that it will not work with hotel Wi-Fi. Essentially, Chromecast can't get past the hotel webpage/login requirement for network access, so it won't be able to link to your connected laptop.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
Sound Out of Sync - Not for Chromebook
720 Picture
Doesn't Like My Chromeboo
Sound Lag
Best Uses
The Chromecast worked decently at best with my Dell laptop. Netflix picture was acceptable (720), but not great. Had to stop and restart the Netflix movie all the time. Bought a Chromebook specifically for the Chromecast and have NEVER got the sound to sync with the video. I have read about this sync problem elsewhere with no fix.<br /><br />Purchased a Roku 3 last weekend. Great 1080 picture. Sound always in sync. Never have to stop the movie to let it catch up. Does all the things I expected the Chromecast to do.<br /><br />Anyone want to purchase a Chromecast?
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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