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Google - Chromecast Ultra - Black

Introducing Chromecast Ultra
Delivers everything you love about Chromecast plus faster processing speeds and up to 4K Ultra HD & HDR picture quality*. Chromecast Ultra works with iPhone®, iPad®, Android devices, Mac®, Windows®, and Chromebooks.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Chromecast Ultra Streaming Media Player
    • Owners manual
    • Power adapter with Ethernet port
    • Power cable

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2522 out of 2712)

    Features


    Watch what you want, when you want

    Enjoy TV shows, movies, videos, songs, games, sports and more from over 1000 apps like Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, and HBO NOW. Find more at chromecast.com/apps.¹

    Make the most of your TV

    With support for 4K Ultra HD TVs with HDR, you can get the most out of your setup. Chromecast Ultra automatically optimizes your content for the best picture quality possible.²

    High-speed wireless connectivity

    Built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi connects to the Internet through your wireless home network (wireless router required and sold separately).

    Everything you love about Chromecast and more

    Use your phone to play, pause, control the volume and more. And you can still text or call without interrupting what's playing.

    Mirror your Android phone or laptop

    Easily view your device's screen on your TV. If you can see it on your phone, you can see it on your TV.

    Start streaming with just your voice

    Works with Google Home so you can stream and control content using just your voice.³

    "Ok Google, play Stranger Things from Netflix on my living room TV." Also works with Arlo.

    Pint-sized powerhouse

    It's small size fits behind almost any TV. But it packs enough processing power to make sure your shows load fast and stream smoothly.

    ¹ Subscriptions are required to view some content.

    ² While Chromecast Ultra will work on a standard HDTV, it requires a 4K-compatible HDTV with an HDMI port, content that is delivered in 4K, and a broadband Internet connection to stream content in 4K.

    ² 4K programming subject to availability from content and will only play on 4K TVs.

    ³ Google Home, Chromecast, and compatible content required to cast to a TV using Google Home.

    Package Deal That Includes This Item



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 2712 reviews

    93%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 3.6 out of 5 stars with 21 reviews

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Must have for Google users with 4k content

      Posted
      Oscar
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      If you purchase 4K content from the Google Play store the Chromecast Ultra is one of the few devices that will allow you to stream in 4k, otherwise your stuck with HD or SD quality depending on the device. I upgraded to the Chromecast Ultra after my original Chromecast (gen 1) finally failed after many years of use and abuse being moved around from TV to TV. Comparing this to the original, the use and interface is exactly the same. With 4k streaming content being particular as far as what can be viewed on which device from 'X' service I am happy to report that I have been able to watch 4k content from Netflix and Vudu. When comparing 1080 (HD) to 4K (UHD) streaming content, it was difficult to notice major changes in the quality of the picture, although there was an improvement. Some awesome added features are the functionality with the Google Smart Home now being able to show you some limited visual responses and a bit more snappy response from the device itself. I like the fact that the Chromecast offers an ethernet port to allow for faster and more stable internet connection by being hard-wired. If you own digital 4k content from Google, Vudu or have a premium Netflix account this is definitely a viable choice. I would not recommend this to the average user simply looking just to stream, additionally with the device frequently going on sale I believe its sale price is more fitting for this devices actual worth. Being extremely satisfied with my original Chromecast this was an easy purchase when I got it on sale. (It's also worth noting that any Chromecast has the ability to turn On and Off (modern) TV's with the Google Home, one of its best features)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      An Ultra Chromecast!

      Posted
      Andy
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      The original Chromecast was a great device, allowing playback of multitudes of streaming content to whichever TV you hooked it up to. The Ultra is more of the same with a noticeable improvement in performance. I upgraded from an original Chromecast to an Ultra so I could stream 4k content on a new 4k TV and so far it's been great, even if the selection of 4k content is still somewhat sparse. It picks up connected devices quickly, loads content faster and streams more smoothly, probably thanks to the higher speed AC Wi-Fi support. If you don't have an AC capable router, the Ultra conveniently has a wired ethernet connection in the AC adapter. The only semi-downside when compared to the original is that the Ultra has a dedicated AC power adapter instead of connecting to a USB port on the TV. Since the original model was powered by the TVs USB port, it would power down whenever the connected TV was shut off. Because the Ultra has its own dedicated AC adapter, it's always on and always shows up as an available device to cast to, even if the connected TV is off. It can get somewhat annoying since I have multiple Chromecasts in my house and will accidentally connect to the Ultra instead of another Chromecast because it always shows up as an available device. The Ultra is a great option for anyone looking to stream 4k content;; if 4k isn't necessary, it's cheaper and just as convenient to pick up a standard model.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great for streaming applications.

      Posted
      MBS6132003
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      The Chromecast works very well. I did not install directly to my TV's HDMI port which is in the instructions. Instead I connected it to an HDMI port on my receiver. This allows me to select my devices without having to change my settings on my Harmony remote. I use the Chromecast primarily to view YouTubeTv on my TV. I also use it to stream from my phone other apps such as Amazon Prime Music. I was pleasantly surprised that once I started viewing YouTubeTv I could turn my phone off and still watch an entire night without my phone even being on. I am assuming that YouTubeTv is a built in function on the Chromecast that only needs the phone to start playing. The phone is still needed as a "remote" to change programs but once selected you don't need the phone anymore. The install process on Android is simple. All you need to do is install / update the Google Home app. Once done you don't need to even access it. Google Home will automatically put an icon into any app that supports Chromecast and when you press that icon, the app will stream to your TV. Simple enough. I bought the Chromecast Ultra that supports 4K but the original Chromecast will work as well. I didn't mind paying the extra 35 dollars.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Chromecast Ultra

      Posted
      Ortegara
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I love my Google products and this is definitely one of them. We utilize this product in our living room paired with our Google Home speaker for a better 4K streaming experience. My only complaint is that it is not a standalone product where you can simply control it right out of the box. It doesn't come with a HUB to browse on the television or a remote to control it. Your phone, tablet, PC, laptop OR Google Home speaker is your "remote". So if for some unearthly reason you do not have any of these things, you will not be able to control/use this. I planned on getting another one for our guest bedroom; however, I cannot justify requiring my guests to have Google's Home app, connecting to my wi-fi and using their phones in order to watch television in the comfort of their room while they stay with us. I also cannot justify having to spend additional money to put a tablet or Google Home speaker in there just to be able to control it either. If Google added a HUB to their product with an on-screen browser and a remote controller to use, this product would get a 5th star. For my guests, I had to get a FireTV stick to accommodate them as it is far simpler and less a hassle to get them up-and-running with their television viewing. I suppose I could have just taken the television out of that room and require them to interact with us instead of staying in the room. GOOGLE NEEDS TO WORK HARDER AT MAKING LIFE SIMPLER! :)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Works great

      Posted
      Kile
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I already owned a Google Chromecast, but I now have a 4K TV so I wanted to the Chromecast to be able to handle 4K. It works perfectly. My Sony TV has Android TV as its OS, so the TV itself is basically a chromecast. However, the youtube app buffered non-stop, even on HD videos. 4K videos were impossible. It seemed to only be youtube. VUDU and Netflix are all fine, but youtube seems to have a problem. I got the Chromecast Ultra kind of as an experiment. It is attached to the TV so it is the same distance to my router. There is an Android app (Fast Speed Test for Chromecast) that will tell you the speed your Chromecast gets, and both the Sony Android TV and the Chromecast Ultra are getting 50+ Mbps, so plenty fast for 4K. The Chromecast Ultra plays 4K 60fps videos perfectly. Smooth and clear. The functionality of the Chromecast has always been good, and that hasn't changed. Using your phone to pick videos is very handy. The one thing I don't like is the power cord. Previous Chromecasts just had a micro USB power. You could plug it into your TVs USB port, so you didn't need to have another power cord hanging off the back of your TV. I assume the additional processing power needed for 4K videos required more power. One advantage is the power cord now has an ethernet port in it. So if you have ethernet available near your TV you can use it rather than WiFi if you WiFi is too slow.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Worked, then failed, now works. Waiting to see...

      Posted
      WebDen
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      At first I was very happy with this purchase. Setup was fairly straight forward (I had to have it search for the Chrome Cast device twice to finally set everything up). Once setup it worked great and my daughter (iPhone 7) and I (Samsung S7) were able to connect and control it with our phones. Netflix, YouTube, etc. (any Chrome Cast enabled app) worked fine. Added bonus for me was that I could cast my Galaxy S7 phone (something not supported for iPhones -- what's up with that?). After a couple of weeks or so it suddenly stopped working for both me and my daughter. After a couple of hours of troubleshooting I finally got it to work again (yesterday) and so far it's working again for us both. I had to unplug the device's power cord, reboot and then hit the reset switch for 15 seconds. Went through all the setup steps for the device again. I had done this previously and although my phone would connect to the device to set it up, after getting setup my phone would not be able to find it and connect again (even though it just had connected). Very frustrating! Now I'm waiting to see if it will stop again. If you're not the patient trouble-shooting type you may want to reconsider this purchase. When it works it's great! When this sort of thing happens it really sucks. My $0.02.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Nice Product

      Posted
      Jesos
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I updated from a previous Chromecast, has the same design, you might think that the Chromecast Ultra is the successor of the Chromecast because it is more current, and has improvements. But really it's not so. The standard Chromecast remains the same, the second that has been released in the history of Google. Choosing between one or the other depends mainly on your television. Keep in mind that the main difference between the two Chromecast is the resolution at which the movies can play. While the standard Chromecast stays in Full HD, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, the Chromecast Ultra goes up to 4K, or Ultra HD. As is logical, this is especially interesting to users who have a television in this resolution. It is also true that this Chromecast Ultra is compatible with HDR + in video, but this feature will not be as noticeable and remarkable as the 4K resolution. Thus, the key factor in choosing one or the other will be if we have a 4K television.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Finally 4K!!!!!

      Posted
      LCWJoonyah
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I have a Toshiba 55 inch 4K TV with Chromecast built in (model 55L711U18). It is an entry level 4K TV so when I would cast Netflix onto it, I was not 100% happy with the quality. Shows that I know are in 4K (most Netflix originals are in 4K) did not look impressive and the upscaling was even more disappointing. I mean it was better than my 1080p but I was expecting a little more even though it is an entry level 4K TV. I decided to get the Chromecast Ultra and it was a GREAT decision. The 4K shows that I tried before looked amazing and the movie I tried that was not in 4K looked as close to it as can get. I then put it into my 1080p television and was impressed with what I saw. Even though the content from my phone says HD, the Chromecast Ultra will stream it in the highest quality as long as you have the right plan and fast internet speed (shout out to the Ethernet port on the Chromecast Ultra). If you want to stream in the highest quality then you must get the Chromecast Ultra! Oh and I almost forgot that it does work with google home. Gotta love technology!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 3.6 out of 5 stars with 21 reviews

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