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 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
This score reflects how easy it is to use on a normal basis. It looks at how the remote and user interface interact for common tasks like powering on the device, navigating the menus for access to content, and how easy it is to perform common tasks like visiting websites and playing games.
Features & Specs - Google Chromecast
App or channel store Provider for adding addition apps or content.
App or channel store
Streaming services What premium services are available to watch TV shows and movies.
Netflix, Vudu, Hulu, M-Go, HBO Go, Google Play, MLB.TV Premium, MLS Live, UFC.TV, Showtime Anytime, NFL Now, CBS All Access, Fox Now, FX Now
Built-in voice search Has the ability to do voice searches out of the box. Usually has a microphone built in to the remote control.
Built-in voice search
Casting for Netflix and YouTube Has the ability to load the specific app and start playing the selected video chosen on a mobile device (smartphone or tablet). Also, allows you to control that video stream from the mobile device or from the player's normal remote control.
Casting for Netflix and YouTube
Supports dual-band Wi-Fi Will supports 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks. The 5 GHz frequency is used less than the 2.4 GHz, so it should have less interference.
Supports dual-band Wi-Fi
USB ports Allows a USB memory device ("thumb drive"), external hard drive, or card reader to be connected to the device. This allows you to display the still images and video clips, and play audio files stored on the memory device.
We suddenly began to have problems with using so much data that our ISP emailed to say we had used 75 per cent of our monthly limit - a limit that we had never previously approached, as our ISP plan gives us a ton of data usage per month. <br /><br />I couldn't figure out why this was happening, until I realized that it correlated perfectly with our use of the Google Chromecast. By testing the device (unplugging when not in use), I determined without question that, for whatever reason, the Chromecast was using so much data that our entire household use had more than doubled! <br /><br />I got rid of the device, as I don't want to play for an unlimited data plan. I wish that Consumer Reports had considered data usage when testing streaming devices. We have an Apple TV and data usage is not an issue. (Though we have big problems with streaming signal from laptop to the Apple TV, but that's another story.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Orange County, CA
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Own multiple a MUST HAVE
Easy to use
No Amazon Instant Video
Streams From Every Device
This product is great and can be used by multiple users at the same time. It supports a plethora of content and can even stream what you're looking at on your browser.<br /><br />The only cons are the lack of Amazon Instant Video and the requirement of a fast internet connection for everything to work properly.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Dallas, TX
(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
NOT SO FAST
It Works Sort Of
Ipad App Is Not Stable
I sometimes have to restart the IPAD or IPHONE app several times just to pause it. They have improved it, but choices of what to watch are still VERY limited. Save your money. <br /><br />We much prefer the ROKU that we have on the other TV.