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 video services What premium services are available to watch TV shows and movies.
Streaming video services
Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Play Movies & TV, MLB.TV Premium, MLS Live
Web browsing Has a web browser for accessing web sites.
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
HDMI input Used to pass through a video signal from your cable or satellite box. HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) has become the preferred connection method instead of component, etc., as it carries audio and video signals on the same cable. HDMI supports a range of standard- and high-definition video formats, although it can vary for each product. HDMI supports up to eight channels of uncompressed, 24-bit/192kHz audio. HDMI version 1.3, doubled the bandwidth of its predecessor (HDMI 1.2), and added support for 30-, 36- and 48-bit color depth and a new "xvYCC" color standard, as well as the new Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master lossless audio formats (See "Dolby True HD" and "DTS-HD Master Audio") used in Blu-ray discs. HDMI version 1.4 added full support for 3D television, an audio return path, and ethernet network connection. Some Blu-ray discs, in order to be viewed in high-definition, will require that the Blu-ray player and the HDTV/display be connected using an HDMI cable as a copy-protection measure. HDMI allows content providers to limit the quality of the component video outputs, and your ability to record the content.
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.
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.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Ogden, Utah
Ease of Use
Easy To Install
I stream movies and music from my Nexus 7 flawlessly, it's a great device and can't wait to buy another.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Mobile, AL
I could never get it to work
Did not work
Instructions very poor
Jargon Not Defined
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.