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Google - Chromecast - Black

Model: H2G2-42SKU: 9071056

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    It Never Seems To Work Right

    Posted
    pianoman12345
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I will start off this review by saying that this is just my experience. I have read online that a lot of people have a very easy time using chromecast, but I am not one of them. I have had chromecast for about a year and so far I have had a lot of issues. It seems like when one issue gets fixed another one shows up not long after. When I first got it I almost immediately had problems with it staying connected to the internet. My wifi was always working when it wouldn't connect. I then would have to do a factory reset and start from scratch just to get the internet to come back on it. I had that problem for a few months but then it just seemed to correct itself. It then worked fine for a little while but now I am having a different problem. I used to just use my computer for chromecast but I recently got a nexus phone connected to it. The first time I used the phone with it, it worked alright. Then the second time I tried to use it, it would not be able to ever connect right and I couldn't get any video to play for more than a few seconds. I then decided to go back to the computer, but both of my computers would not be able to connect to it anymore. The google cast app would either not be able to find my device, or it would not be able to cast any page to it. I finally had to do a factory reset again and get rid of the chromecast app on my phone to get my computers to work with it. Now today I made the mistake again of trying to use my phone. The same thing happened and it took over an hour to get my computers to work with it again. Overall when it works for me it doesn't work that bad. The chrome mirroring feature seems to be working better than it used to on the websites I use it for. I don't use it for youtube or netflix anymore, but those always worked fairly well to. I have noticed some apps on the phone and on the computer don't work very well which is a shame because there are a few website I would really like to cast from (comedy centrals-phone app and red bull tvs-app and website.) Overall I am very disappointed with chromecast simply for the fact that it seems like everytime I try to use it there is a problem. Sometime it's a small fix but most of the time it seems to take me an hour or so to fix it and then I still can't watch what I was going to watch because the app or website does not work. Overall I would not recommend it because of my experience. I will say again that I have heard very good things about chromecast but my experience has not been the same.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    You get what you pay for

    Posted
    rdniev

    I'm an imagery scientist (engineer# and a strong supporter of the Google echo system so I'll say my opinion is somewhat scientific and objective. The truth is that I was very disappointed on my initial testing with Netflix. It takes a while to load Netflix #twice as more than on a PS3/Xbox#, it loses frames, to the point where most of the movie doesn't flow smoothly -it looks jumpy-. The initial two minutes had a lot of pixilation, many scenes lose sharpness and color gamut #contrast). On a couple of very fast scene on Transformers: Dark of the moon I had like 40 seconds of plain awful blocking or pixilation. I've never seen blocking so intense and for so long ever before, not even when streaming from a cellphone. The surround sound wasn't there all the time either, and on some scenes it was hard to understand the dialogues. These are deal breakers on a streaming device and I hope people can get over the hype. This device needs a lot of work. Bad value for the price becase it is cheap, but it does only one thing: streaming. It is pretty bad on doing it so. Lack of features is evident: it only streams #compared to an apple TV or PS3) Ease of Use: The fact that you can only control the chromecast from other devices makes it a bit cumbersome and clunky. Ease of Set Up: the fact that you have to download apps or use a computer to set it up makes the set up a bit choppy. My TV did not had USB. The provided power supply is a big box, I had to unplugged a couple of devices to make it work. The cable of the power supply is of very cheap material, and it tangles very easily.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good price, limited features

    Posted
    jvc08f
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Purchased product to use with my bedroom T.V. The setup was very easy and google gives you everything you need to install. The dongle plugs to the back of your tv through an HDMI port. It also has to be plugged to either an outlet or your TV's USB port if your tv has one. After that you have to download the chromecast app for your phone or tablet or you can go on your computer and use the chrome browser pluggin to set up your chromecast. It's very simple and straight forward. You will need you wifi password to complete the setup. This is were I ran into a problem. I did the setup and at first it worked fine but after a while chromecast would forget my settings and I would have to do this all over again. Sometimes it would take a long time to get it to work. I found out from online forums that a lot people are having the same problems and it's because chromecast does not work well with 5ghz dual band routers. After two days I just gave up. When the product work it was ok but very limited and the chrome mirroring feature was very laggy. It's also not a stand alone box like Apple TV or roku box. You will need a smartphone or a tablet with either android or iOS to use it. Buy yourself a roku box instead.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Buggy on Certain Android Phones, has potential

    Posted
    ChromeCastingInPhx

    I bought this with the intent to mainly cast from my Droid Bionic to my one TV that doesn't have its streaming capability. Unfortunately, there is currently a known bug with the Droid Bionic that prevents Netflix from casting. YouTube does cast okay. You also can't cast from your phone's Chrome browser like you can on your computer's Chrome browser. So, I'm limited to using this with casting from a laptop for now until further updates are made. There is a lot of potential if more 3rd party Android apps are able to incorporate the ability to cast. Maybe it's too early for that. It would also be great if you could cast local files (from a PC or from a smartphone). Until more open functionality is implemented, my review is unfavorable. It did not meet my expectations and definitely did not meet the hype. Pros: Easy to setup, casting from some phones (only certain apps like Netflix, YouTube, Good Play Movies... at least for now), cast from Chrome browser (from computer only, not phone). Cons: Very limited functionality with phones, some phones that should work are having some issues (Bionic and others not able to cast Netflix), can do most of these things (and more) by plugging a laptop with HDMI directly to the TV, can't cast local files/content.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Disappointment

    Posted
    Woshishei
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have read a great deal about Chromecast ever since Google announced it. It sounded like a great device, at least on paper. When Best Buy suddenly had it in stock again the other day, I ordered two units so I can use them in different rooms. I finally received my units today and after 15 minutes of testing, they were placed right back into their boxes ready to be returned. The best word to describe the Chromecast would be disappointment. However, I will list the good things first. It was EXTREMELY easy to set up and use. Unfortunately that's where the problems began. The only useable feature would be Netflix streaming. It always takes about 3-5 seconds before a new stream becomes HD but it's smooth and steady. When streaming from YouTube or local files, the videos become out of sync quickly and depending on the file format, some files' audio can't even be played. The main reason I bought Chromecast was to replace my WD TV Live, but as of right now, WD TV Live still provides a much better experience than Chromecast. I can see in the future when Google can improve the Chromecast and it will be better, but until then, it's not worth buying. 802.11ac was released a while back, yet Chromecast doesn't even support 802.11n (5GHz).

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    It is What it is.

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

    This was my first experience into plug and play solutions like this. The best thing I can say it is NOT an Apple or Roku. There is no operating system or menu to navigate. It is a very basic system that allows you to stream certain apps that are compatible with Google Chrome. NOT all apps are compatible. Also, you need some type of cable provider of specialized account that you have to pay for fro certain apps. You can stream YouTube for free but that is about it. I originally purchased this because I could not get ESPN. You need a cable provider sign in to get access to the ESPN app. Like I said... it is basic. It really only allows you to project certain apps from your Apple or Android device to your TV. Mostly all I use it for is ESPN and Netflix but Netflix can be ran through any smart TV or Smart DVD system as well. Overall, you will start with the Google Chrome and then a few months later you will upgrade to a Roku, Amazon Prime, or Apple TV.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Works but has limits not advertised

    Posted
    Ardie3
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The device allows you to "cast" whatever you are doing in Google Chrome to your HDTV but that's where pros end. I have several issues with this product. 1- it would not log in to my home network when I tried setting it up from my desktop. I even changed my wifi password but no success. I eventually used my laptop to complete the setup. After that I could cast from either computer and my android. 2- Google does not have any tech support for this item. No phone number or chat option; just an online forum. 3- Android apps that are "cast enabled" do not allow you to cast directly from the app #ESPN Watch, You Tube...#. I had to cast my phone's screen then open the app. This prevented me from using my phone for something else while casting. I posted the issue in the forum only to find out several other people are having the same problem. The bottom line is this device is only useful if need to view your web browser on your TV or if you do not have a smart TV. For $35 it may be worth that little luxury.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing Lag and Video Frame Loss

    Posted
    John168
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I got the Chromecast to put streaming video from my Desktop and to mirror some desktop applications. From only 15 feet away streaming video starts dropping video frames and sound after about 10 minutes. My biggest issue is the big lag (1/2-1 second) between what I see on my computer monitor and what shows on the TV. Forget mirroring your desktop apps or games with a mouse or keyboard because you can't coordinate mouse movement with what you see on the TV. If you want to play games or use your big TV as a monitor, then I suggest you get a 25 foot HDMI cable. NOTE: Installing the Google Chromecast was pretty easy. It is not as easy to decide what apps to use with it because the app information is very sparse. Remember that most online video services like Netflix or HULU will require separate accounts. Be patient.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Yawn...

    Posted
    dailypint
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    If you only need Netflix on a TV with no intelligence then the Chromecast can be your ticket. It's cheap, and it's incredibly easy to install. I intentionally did not read the instructions, and as all things Google...setup could not have been simpler. So it's connected, now what can I do? Well there are very few built in applications. Netflix being the only one of any value. Yeah Youtube is nice, but I'm really never going to watch Youtube on a television. What I really wanted was the ability to play Pandora (coming I hear, promises promises). Or at least the ability to send what's on my iDevice to the Chromecast.....uh, nope, doesn't play well with Apple. So until Google shares their toys with the other kids, and until Pandora and other useful apps become available...Chromecast is a simple and cheap Netflix player (though it has potential for greatness). I for one am staying tuned, but will hold my praises until it shows me some more tricks.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not That Great of a Deal

    Posted
    Caitie
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    When I initially purchased this item, I was excited. Finally, I can project the image from my laptop to my TV, making watching movies or even looking at photos much easier! Few problems: one, it connects via Wi-Fi (which is fine, unless the Wi-Fi in the area is weak); two, it needs an external power source (meaning it's now taking up an HDMI slot AND space on the power strip); three, it's kind of expensive. Add to that the fact that both our HDMI slots on our TV are taken, and I ended up returning it and getting an HDMI extension cord instead for half the price, complete with no extra wires and full reliability. If you want to use this primarily with a tablet or smartphone, it might be worth it. But if you're using it with a laptop or desktop, I'd suggest either getting an HDMI extension cord instead, or just transferring your files to a USB stick and plugging it in your Blu-Ray or DVD player (assuming it has one, of course).

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good but not so Good

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

    Having used Amazon Prime stick, I had high expectations from chromecast. I knew that one needs a mobile phone to control the streaming experience but I was awkwardly embarrassed at my dumbness seeing that chromecast does not exist without my smartphone. I did not like installing all the streaming apps on my phone just so that I could cast them to the device. My 16GB iPhone memory is already shrinking and bugging me with those 'delete some data' error messages. To top it off, imagine installing all the streaming apps in the world on your smartphone just to link them to chromecast. That according to me is a deal breaker. I would rather recommend buying Roku stick or Amazon Fire Stick that cost about $15 more but gives you much needed liberty from using the phone memory for whatsapp pictures and videos than installing those 'never-used-on-phone' apps.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not impressed, there are better options

    Posted
    darwinosx

    At $35 this is pretty much an impulse buy but there are far better options. My first issues is the wi-fi. No N wi-fi on a video router? That's pretty ridiculous. I mean ac is out, N is old, and pretty much all video streaming should be over N but nope, G only. So you get pro bandwidth and connectivity. On a video streamer. Very limited content. Netflix, which looks worse than on my Apple TV and Roku devices, You Tube, Google Play. Thats it. Plus you can only cast this content so you have to use a laptop, tablet or smartphone, a compatible one, to cast content to the device. It gets hot. It uses Chrome OS not Android so hackability is low. It's cheap but for a little more you can get a Roku which has hundreds of channels, far better wi-fi, and does not require a laptop or tablet/smartphone to operate. It is also quite bulky once you add the HDMI extender and usb power source. So its not even good for travel.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not for everybody

    Posted
    JackofAll

    While the Google Cast does let you stream application specific content to a HDTV, it doesn't allow you to mirror your tablet (Samsung Note 10.1) display on the TV. Only certain apps are Google Cast ready which leaves the built-in apps unable to cast to the TV. It's still too early to tell if very many apps will adopt the GC's technology, which could fade away like so many good intentions, leaving us with another unsupported piece of useless hardware. Just make sure your specific apps are listed on Google Cast website before you purchase this solution. And, whats up with turning my TV into a giant slide show feature? Google could have used the internal programming to making the device work with all apps including the Android operating system, maybe? Sorry, I just can't give a thumbs up.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    It could be better

    Posted
    Gogos66

    Major flaw it cannot remember more than one networks so if you switch this between 2 locations like home and office you have to start all over with the setup again and its a hassle. Another downside, it will suck your bandwidth,if you are watching something on it and try to surf the net at the same time its painfully slow although I have 10Mbps. This create a problem for those with VOIP phones,the sound will be choppy. Lastly , the luck of direct access to the device makes it a hassle to constantly cast videos from a portable device.If you are watching a movie its ok but if you are watching youtube videos you have to spend more time casting than watching. Overall I think its worth buying since the cost is low,its very convenient for me to watch live sport games without connecting the ridiculously long HDMI cable from the PC to the TV

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good but not enough

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

    I have a roku steam sticker and a roku2 player, But I also want to steam the videos from my macbook to my TV, so I bought this. It really took me a long time to set it up, and I don't know why it is so hard to connect it to my wifi when My other steam players and xbox one do not have any problem at all! All I want is just to steam the video from my laptop to the TV, at the first few days, it works great. However, at the end the third movie I steamed, It began to be very slow and loading for several seconds for like every 5 minutes. And the next day, It completely could not work. Loading for a long time and then play for few minutes and loading again. I finally give up and use the HDMI wire to connect my macbook to the TV. Very disappointing, But the price 29 with 20 google play credit, I think I cannot complain more.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Hardware is worthless without the software...

    Posted
    MattP725
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Do yourself a favor and stay away from the Chromecast and go with a Amazon Fire TV stick or Roku stick. The Chromecast is an excellent idea but it has one fatal flaw... software. iOS updates & app updates often leave unusable or unstable builds. Currently as we speak my Starz app keeps crashing when I go to cast. My solution was to switch to my Fire TV stick... Loaded right up like it does every time. I purchased the Chromecast which had one main benefit... it supported apps that weren't yet cleared by Xfinity for use on Fire TV. Well now most of those apps have been cleared so I have no further use for the Chromecast. Its not the fault of the Chromecast unit itself, it is the fatal flaw in leaving it up to the 3rd party software companies.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not what I expected

    Posted
    FireMedic027
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    First off, I am a very techie person and can usually doing devices like this with ease. I bought this thinking it would be somewhat comparable to the Roku or Amazon Fire, knowing that it wasn't going to be completely like the other 2 devices. It took a while to get it hooked up to my wireless network. After that, tried using it with both my phone and computer which is where I was real disappointed. Basically all this device can be used for is limited mirroring (you can only mirror a google chrome web browser from your computer) and specific apps that have chromecast compatibility. I bought it thinking I could mirror my computer screen, which again, you can only mirror a Google Chrome web browser. I am truly disappointed with this product and will be returning it for another Roku.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Google - Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player

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

    I could have saved $25 by leaving this in the store. Most BluRay and DVD players come with some streaming software. This was a disappointment to connect. I find that the more intuitive technology the best and this one I had to THINK with: MAKE SURE YOUR WIRELESS ROUTER IS BROADCASTING YOUR SSID. We could not figure out why all the steps we took were not allowing us to connect Google Chrome to our wireless network when I had an epiphany-I don't broadcast my network's SSID. Also. the device is a bit heavy to be sticking out the back of my TV. I hope it doesn't loosen the port on my "slim" TV. It also has a power cord and a USB connector. Either we are using it incorrectly or the Chrome connector has to have at least one wire connected for power. Bottom line, it's okay. Nothing remarkable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Big Let Down...

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

    My wife and I ordered this to test it against our Roku boxes (which we LOVE), but didn't (at the time) have access to ShowtimeAnytime (Now it is available on Roku). Long story short, the ChromeCast was a breeze to setup. Plug it in, and follow the on-screen prompts to connect your notebook to the device and subsequently connect the ChromeCast to your wireless network. After this, though, the device was virtually useless. We attempted to stream ShowtimeAnytime from two different notebooks (mid-range Windows 8 notebooks). Yes the tab streamed to the TV, but not well enough that we were (in any capacity) happy with the quality. Without ChromeCast plugged in the stream ran perfectly in the browser, but as soon as we pushed it to the ChromeCast, the quality and performance was less than usable.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Why is this liked?

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

    Seriously who likes this - have you ever tried another product. I am currently typing this review on my TV, through Chromecast, after spending hours trying to get an apple product to recognize it. After giving up, and using my Android phone and Windows 7 laptop the setup was a breeze. That said after looking at Netflix, YouTube and sort of Google play, I switched back to a DVR, and then Apple TV. For $35 you can buy a DVR that can do a lot more, yes you can even cast your phone window if you have a DVR that has a remote app on your phone. In the end my ranking of this product is at the bottom below 1) ROKU 2) Apple TV 3) DVR 4) DVD 5) Old cable connected to TV 6) SmartTV 7) Chromecast For the price take your wife or girlfriend to a movie - you will get a lot more enjoyment out of it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend