(This post is the second in a series of three reviews of streaming media players.)
Iâm not sure what I was expecting from Google Chromecast. Itâs just this little dongle; what can it do? But itâs also cheap at $35, so what would you have to lose? It wasnât quite as easy out of the box as the Apple TV was for us, but it still took us just a few short minutes to have things up and running.
This dongle in and of itself doesnât really DO anything. What it does do is receive content from your iOS or Android tablets or phones and broadcast it to your television screen. So, itâs not a stand-alone option for media streaming and has no remote of its own. You have to have a tablet or smartphone to make it work. I found the lack of a remote a hassle, particularly if all of my normal devices were being used by other members of my family.
The folks at Google are doing a good job of adding apps, but currently it does still seem to lag behind the other players, at least in my opinion. But the chief apps we use in our house are covered, and we found that it did a perfectly adequate job of streaming our regular media content up on the big screen.
- The biggest selling point for the Google Chromecast is price. At $35, youâll feel like you got your moneyâs worth even if itâs not something you use every day. I kind of envision that it will be something I use on vacation, though I have been reading that it struggles with Wi-Fi when there are login screens such as you'd find at hotels, so there is that to be considered.
- Itâs easy to take with you. Just tuck it in the pocket of your computer bag or tablet case. I can see that it would be a handy tool for doing impromptu presentations and such.
What I wasnât crazy about:
- The fact that it isnât stand-alone. I wanted a remote. And to not HAVE to tie up one of my devices.
If youâre looking for something to strictly push media content to your television, or if youâre just wanting to have a âspareâ media player for on the go, and you donât really want to pony up the $$ for one of the stand-alone boxes, then the Google Chromecast is a great option for you.
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Google Chromecast, $35
There was no monetary compensation for this review. Reviewer was, however, furnished with a Google Chromecast for testing purposes.