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Google Chromecast
 
Price range:
$28.95 - $40.99
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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.

Features:
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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1.0
I could never get it to work
2/16/2014
Pros
It's cheap
Cons
Did not work
Instructions very poor
Jargon Not Defined
Not intuitive
Best Uses
None
Comment:
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.
 
4.0
Good for home use - Not for hotel
2/6/2014
Pros
Ease of Use
Netflix Video Quality
Video quality
Cons
Not Compatible Whotel
Not Compatible W Hotel
Best Uses
Streaming Netflix
Streaming Youtube
Comment:
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.
 
1.0
Sound Out of Sync - Not for Chromebook
1/14/2014
Pros
Cons
720 Picture
Doesn't Like My Chromeboo
Sound Lag
Best Uses
Comment:
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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