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Google - Chromecast - Black

Model: H2G2-42SKU: 9071056

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Want Youtube or Netflix on your TV?

    Posted
    Willieb33
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    I cut my cable, so I am always on the look out for a device that will allow me to watch programming that I can't get on my google tv and my roku box. This device is cheep and works great for all the things my google tv and roku box does. So why did I buy it? The ability to 'cast' any tab from a computer to the television. Anyone looking to cut the cable should know that ABC, NBC, ECT. do not usually allow computer internet browser functionality on the major set top boxes. While you can catch the latest episode of How I Met Your Mother on the CBS website using your computer a day after it airs, the same is not the case for most streaming boxes (probably all?). You can, however, 'cast' the video tab playing on the ABC website to your chromecast. Before you run off and buy one, please remember this feature is in BETA and it does not seem to work very well at all. I tried it on my laptop, the video when casting youtube was awesome, perfect really. When I tried the ABC player, the frame rate dropped to about 4-6 fps (sound was clear though). This was not going to work, so I went to do some research. According to DSL reports (.com) when you use the beta cast function to cast any tab, it has to offload many functions to the computer and my laptop was not powerful enough to handle the encoding. (AMD 2.4ghz, 4gb ram, win 7 64 bit, not sure video card). No problem, a bit of a pain but I can cast from the beast upstairs (I5, hd7850, 8g ram, runs skyrim on 1440p 27in monitor maxed out). This works much better, but there is still some sync problems with audio and frame freeze. In the end I would not recommend this to someone who has access to the services served up by chromecast apps (Netflix, youtube come to mind, not sure of full list) through some other means. If for some reason you are still using the dvd mail part of netflix because you didn't have a way to stream to the TV, pick this up. If, on the other hand, you want to beat the networks so you can stream their 12 minutes of forced commercials to your TV instead of watching at the computer desk, I would not recommend. You can pick up a nice HDMI cable and plug it into your laptop next to your tv (which is what I did after I got fed up with the chromecast). Bottom line is that I can't figure out why people love these things so much, haven't they heard of every dvd, blu-ray, game console, some audio receivers, and pretty much anything that hooks up to the TV these days for streaming netflix? Also there is a rumor that google TV will get cast some time soon. Not sure, but if you are looking for streaming I would seriously consider the visio costar over this, the remote is a bit clunky, but how much more clunky do you get than running up stairs to start the program, and run back down so you dont miss much of the intro (the only place the networks dont put commercials:). -Willie-B

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Save your money-very limited use-

    Posted
    LaLaw
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    I was hopeful for this device and expected to own 2-3 three of them. Wasted my money on just one. I own Apple Tv, Negear Push2TV, Roku and Bestbuy Rocket Fish Miracast. The Chromecast has potential, I guess, but is mostly I can't do that. If you are looking for a way to play your purchased Google movies, Neflix and You Tube, and THAT's ALL, from your closed WiFi network, this might be for you, and minus Google movies via Apple. At present, only Netflix and You Tube can be streamed via Apple devices. This might be for you. But if you have other needs, it's not ready. SO SAD. If you want to use it at a hotel or other secure open wifi, it won't work. THE WAY IT WORKS From what I can tell, the device seems to be a smaller version of a media streamer, e.g. Roku player. I think it works independently of of the tablet, phone or computer that you set up the wi-fi it works through. However, even if your phone is connected to a wi-fi connection, the Chromecast won't connect if it is not truly an open connection or it does not connect through a secure password. E.g. if you connect though a network that requires you do enter the password via a browser after provider connection, it wont connect. Although its claimed someone reverse engineered the device and could play media off the device, it seems the the Chromecast actually accesses the internet and not the controlling device. WIFI REQUIRED, NOT WI FI DIRECT-DOESNT WORK ON PUBLIC NETWORKS Despite its small size, this is not a Miracast device and it needs to access the internet independent of the alleged source device. It's unlikely to work on an open secure wi-fi system, and unlike Apple TV, which can still stream source media even if internet is down, Chromecast can not stream if the internet is not working. NO PROFESSIONAL APPLICATIONS I was hoping to project powerpoint and business applications, but it cant be done, not even through Chrome browser. The most you can do is stream Chrome internet media, provided both the device and the computer have internet access.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent product with limited uses

    Posted
    JWilson
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    I purchased mainly on a trial basis because the price was right at $30 (on sale). On occasion, I use my laptop with build-in HDMI as a streaming device for my TV. Unfortunately, I have to use a wired setup (via HDMI cord) as my laptop doesn't have newer display-share technology. I did a little research before hand, but not a ton. I wasn't too concerned if it didn't work perfectly because of the price. The reality is, the product works great as a niche smart-TV replacement, but it doesn't do much more (at least not yet). I simply wanted to replace having to hard-connect my laptop to my TV, but the Chromecast can't do that in an ideal fashion. Laptop screen-sharing does indeed work, but it doesn't work all that well. It is still in a "Beta" state and I don't know how long it will last or if the quality will ever get better. Obviously there are bandwidth limitations and pretty severe stuttering issues. There is some lag as well, but that is to be expected, so I can't complain about it. Chromecast does work fine in broadcasting the Chrome browser by itself, but sharing certain media in the browser that isn't being used by a supported application can cause problems. There are some workarounds if you look for them, but those don't always work perfectly either. I will grant that Chromecast is a value-conscious alternative to other media-sharing devices, many of which cost hundreds. Using Chromecast to share media from a phone is also pretty useful, but again, application support is limited, so make sure you know which apps you want to use before buying. If it isn't yet supported, there's no guarantee it will be in the future. While it isn't something I necessarily need, being able to plop stuff on anyone's TV from your phone or laptop without having to worry about it being a smart-TV is useful. Chromecast is easily portable so you can take it to your friend's or family's house and share media that way. Just keep in mind what you need Chrome to do for you. If you just want to share media via Youtube or Netflix (as examples) from your laptop or phone to your TV, Chromecast is a very easy way to do that, and without having to worry about connecting cables. It is portable so you can really share anywhere there is a TV with an HDMI input. But if you plan to use it for screen-sharing your desktop or use media that isn't app-supported, your best bet is to look elsewhere. Right now, the technology with Chromecast just hasn't arrived for all your media-streaming/screen-sharing purposes. Overall, I would likely recommend this product to a friend, but such a recommendation would depend on how they plan to use Chromecast. For simple sharing with supported applications from a phone or laptop: absolutely, but not for much else.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great idea, needs some work.

    Posted
    Elkins14

    Overall I really like the Chrome Cast. I've now had it for 3 months and have decided to really sit down and give you some feedback that isn't just based on the first 24 hours. First, it's not what you think it is, it's not just the little stick, you have to connect it to a provided power cord, which is fine, but a bit annoying too. (Especially when other competitors don't require that step.) Second it crashes quite often. I have very high speed wifi as I work from home and need a very stable connection, I think it's important that you know that. Often times the clarity becomes very digitized in the midst of watching something. Also, the whole supporting Chrome Cast app, that you must download to any device to use it, glitches often too. For example the browser option (or plug in for the app) just simply drops what you're watching or the control of what you're watching. The Cast itself often gets stuck on something you've been watching even though you're done with it. There seems to be a problem systemically with the whole "casting" process. I have now found it to cast, on it's own, shows or movies that I have previously watched when I log in. For example I watched two different movies and one tv show this afternoon. I came back to watch something different and somewhere in the "casting" it crashed and then loaded the second movie I had watched, somewhere in the middle of that movie as well. I tried to stop it and it jumped to a TV show I watched. All very odd. I closed out all my apps on my iPad and it kept playing, I had to disconnect the entire power source to get it to turn off. These are things, that while maybe minor, I do not face with my 3 year old ROKU player. (Which incidentally is also now the same price as my Chrome Cast) It's a bit disappointing, but I'm guessing everything has some bugs. Can be frustrating, but all these 5 star reviews seem to me a bit over zealous. My opinion only of course. It's worth the try if you don't use it often, but if you're replacing Cable or something, as many people seem to be doing these days (not myself) then I would think twice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    When it works, it's great, but...

    Posted
    Liver
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    My first exposure installing the unit was actually kind of painful. I'd get 90% through the very easy process, then it would just not work. However, I eventually determined that the USB plug on the back of my TV was to blame, and when plugged into a different power source, setup was a breeze. Google support was freaking awesome when I finally broke down and called for help though, even though I eventually came to the answer myself. Not the Chromecast's fault, so that is not enough to warrant a bad review. So, setup was easy and fast when power problem was resolved. Used it the first time, easy, fast, functional - I was loving it. One of the best features, when you cast something from your device, if the TV is off, it turns on, and on or off, it switches to correct input, so all I have to do is cast and watch. Not even turn on the TV. HOWEVER... Just about every 3rd time I want to use the Chromecast, the icon to cast is missing from my respective devices (all of them). There is nothing to indicate a problem, landing screen says "ready to cast" and shows the appropriate wireless network with solid strength, but no cast button is available. After much ado, I discovered that simply restarting my router solves the problem. Having to go downstairs and restart the router and wait for it to boot every time I want to use the device completely nullifies the convenience features. So, when it works as intended, it's beautiful. I can't fairly give the chromecast a bad review because for all I know every problem I've had was probably related to my hardware, not Chromecasts. that said, it's as infuriating when it doesn't work as it is awesome when it's working as intended. Not sure where that puts me, but that's why I can't give it 4 or 5 stars. I don't think going out and getting a different chromecast would solve my issues, and I'm not about to go out and get a new tv or router just because it might be an incompatibility. With where it's at, I'd probably still recommend it, even with the issues I have using it sometimes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Cool idea, poor performance

    Posted
    ThaReaper2b
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    This device works as advertised, just not at the quality expected. The chromecast works initially by connecting directly to its setup network, then once set up, changes to a device on the local (joined) WiFi system. This is where the quality is lost. If they had kept the peer to peer connection, it would have been a faster direct connection and improved quality overall. I primarily purchased this to use when traveling, staying in hotels to play my personal content on the bigger tv screen. Internet speeds are very limited and slow at hotels and thus makes the chromecast barely usable. It would be nice to have the option to use the peer to peer connection to play content directly to the tv versus streaming from the Internet to the device then to the chromecast. On a hardware note, this thing gets very hot! Make sure it is well ventilated and don't remove it after prolonged use immediately. It is recommended to use the USB on the tv, but in my experience it stayed cooler when using the included wall plug. (Still very hot, just not as hot when plugged into the TV.) If you think this will steam the content as it does on your device, you will be pretty disappointed with the quality. Overall though it is a good device to use at an extremely low cost.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good But Could Be Better!!!

    Posted
    Keaht

    I saw the ad and had to get one. The add nor any marketing says that it is USB powered so I was super excited to plug it in my downstairs TV but then found out it needed USB power. I have an older plasma down there so it does not have USB...I was extremely disappointed in that fact. However it is a cool device...I have a few in my other rooms and its cool to pretty much stream my Netflix or YouTube anywhere. The cast from Google chrome is cool but sometimes there is a lag or intermittent freezing when watching movies and I know its not my Wi-Fi because I have a Roku 3 in the adjacent room and it works perfectly. Its still in the beta version so I'm sure they will work out those kinks eventually. Only thing I think could be better or improved upon is the movie streaming functionality. Like with Apple TV...all the movies stored to your ITunes play seamlessly. With the Cast I have to paste the movie address from my hard drive into Google chrome and play it that way. Google needs to develop some sort of interface to system that allows that same functionality that Apple TV has. Also for some reason videos that I save as QuickTime won't play on my TV when I paste the address in Google Chrome and cast it. It will play on my computer but won't show on the screen. I'm guessing because QuickTime is Apple related and there are some interface issues. But overall for the price...this is a great product and I'm sure as time progress, it will interface with more apps and develop more functionality. If the advertising was 100% truthful it would have gotten at least 4 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It's awesome, sort of

    Posted
    intheclouds7483
    • My Best Buy® Member

    When I first received my Chromecast I was on my way to a friend's house so I used it there before I used it at my apartments. It was easy to hook up, had great picture quality, and was fun to use. The problem with it arose when I took it home. My apartment complex has a wifi network which I use to access the internet. Unfortunately Chromecast does not work with such a network. I called the helpline and they told me I was pretty much out of luck and there was nothing they could do. If you live in a dorm or are looking to use this while staying in a hotel it will not operate. I would love to keep the device but I would have to pay for internet access when it's already included in my rent. One other drawback, which I'm sure will probably change with future updates, is you cannot stream your own content such as pictures and videos you have taken on your phone or music that has not been downloaded through the Google Play store. It would also be nice to use as a projector to show PowerPoint presentations for example. All in all I would highly recommend the device if you are able to use it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not quite up to the fanfare

    Posted
    gojoenavy
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    I could not wait for this item to come back into stock. This item is impossible to find, whether online or in store, but I'm not really sure why. Of course, it's really just a matter of plugging the HDMI device in to an available port on your television. But, you have to download the Google Chromecast app before it will broadcast (or Chromecast) your desired program. Here's the problem; the app is still in BETA and crashes (on average) every 20 mins or so. You must find your network again, reconnect, wait for the show to stop buffering to find where you left off before the app crashed, then watch until it happens again in a few moments. We have tried the app on our Galaxy SIII phones, our Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, and a Toshiba laptop running Windows 7. Once you get used to this frustration, you begin to realize that unlike Apple TV or Roku, there are no apps that come preloaded with this device because it's nothing more than a receiver of what you broadcast to it. If you have the misconception that you will have endless apps, wrong. You have access to whatever you can play from your device. But if you know anything about Android devices, Internet browsers are not always recognized by your device, thus making watching some shows impossible. I would recommend that if you have Apple TV or Roku, stay with it

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not as good as a Roku

    Posted
    Tigerlor
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    This was a test purchase to see if Google could make a Roku like device for a reasonable price. It turns out that you need more than a TV with HDMI to get anything to play. Once you set it up, you are presented with a dummy screen saver. There is nothing you can do at this point to change the screen. The next bit is a little tricky. You have to download a software program onto your computer that automatically installs Google Chrome browser. Then it has to install a plugin that gives you Chromecast extensions onto the websites for YouTube and Netflix. Then you must login to those websites and be sure to select the Chromecast icon in the video that you want to play. That forces the video that you would normally see on your computer screen to be "cast" to the Chromecast device. So you get a picture on the TV that is essentially coming from your computer or smart phone. That means that the Chromecast is a slave device working off of your computer server. The computer or smart device is serving the video to the slave device. Chromecast appears to not have any significant intelligence. Your computer is doing most of the work. The smart phone app appears to add the Chromecast icon onto the Netflix app. So your phone needs Netflix, YouTube and Chromecast apps installed for it to work. Your computer needs Chromecast, Chrome browser and Chromecast extensions for it to work. I still prefer the Roku better since it can work autonomously without a computer.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good for movie Streaming and Pandora

    Posted
    Mctravis
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    This product works great for streaming available apps from your phone to Your TV. I used and was pleased with Netflix Pandora and hulu. But it does not work well with Google Chrome. It had heavy lag and trying to watch movies this was is a waste off time. Also Google play will not let you stream legally purchased music on my phone that was bought outside of the play store (for me and many other users this is all of our music). Another negative is that when it is fully charged and still plugged in it emits a bright blue light which is incredibly annoying in my bedroom when I want to sleep. This makes it where I have to unplug it every night. While most of this review is negative I want to make it clear that I am pleased with this purchase as the ability to stream Netflix and Pandora from my phone to my non-smart TV is well worth the 35$. But this devise a ton of wasted potential that I hope Google will improve in the future.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Promising product, but several kinks present

    Posted
    swordman
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    . I purchased on-line with an option to pick it up in store. I find that option really handy. Best Buy is very prompt in sending a text/email when the item is ready. In my case, I received an email within 1 hr of online purchase. I had read about Chromecast and eagerly installed it as soon as I came home. Installation was easy and straigh-forward. It detected my home network. I tested it by projecting a song from YouTube on my big screen TV. All you do is click on the chromecast icon in Google chrome; it asks for confirmatio to project and you can start enjoying videos on big screen !! Anything you can open/play in Google Chrome, you can watch on big screen, including pictures, etc. I have had Chromecast for more than a month, and I have detected that the performance is not uniform. Sometimes, it works like a charm. Other times, the video or even pictures take a long time to update. I am able to do other activities on my home network so that is not the problem. I suspect, the back-end software at Google still needs more work. It can be a bit embarrassing -- we had friends over and I started projecting the pictures on big screen only to find out that each picture was taking more than a minute to project. I had to connect my laptop to my receiver using a regular HDMI cable to continue :-( As I said, it is great when it works.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    great product, with limitations

    Posted
    eagleht
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    I use chromecast for a TV in my bedroom mainly because there is no cable outlet and I don't want to pull a cable across room. So it seems cast intenet video from laptop to TV is a good alternative, I mostly watch videos on internet anyway. The installation was simple. To make it work on laptop, I also installed Chrome browser, then installed chrome extend, chromecast does not support other browser types. Once I clicked the cast tab on Chrome browser, I am able to watch anything showing in browser on TV. After watching videos for a while, chromecast apparently slows down, sometimes jam and requires reboot. I know it's a problem with chromecast because the video showing in laptop (which never stops during the whole TV cast process) works perfectly all the time. So I figure this is either some kind of compatibility issue or the internal memory in this little device is not large enough. By the way, Chrome browser is not supported for ipad or other pad device. If you watch videos from websites other than Youtube, Netflix, etc(there is a dozen APP selections available for tabular device), then there is a good chance you won't be able to use chromecast when traveling overseas, because youtube could be blocked in some part of the world. So if Chrome browser with cast extention don't support tabular device, then these devices are basically useless if you want to cast realtime financial news on TV monitor. The device is innovative, but requires more work.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Was not a good solution for me...

    Posted
    GzusRocks
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I was able to get it to work after searching for issues that others experienced. I had to reboot my router, laptop and television, then it would connect if I went to YouTube, but not through the Chrome Browser. Once I got that working, I was streaming video and the audio didn't sync with the video well at all. At a lower resolution, I could get things to work, but no one wants a low resolution plastered across a huge HDTV. I even have 50Mbps bandwidth at home and a Netgear AC router that has great performance. I also didn't like that the AC adapter was required. I had hoped to use this as a way to easily display my laptop screen over HDMI to a TV or monitor while on the road for work, but it just isn't a good solution for that. At least Best Buy has a great return policy, so I could get my money back. It is worth at least trying it out to see if the stars align for you, just don't be surprised if it takes 20-30 minutes to get working and then you aren't satisfied with the performance.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A nice idea but...

    Posted
    Z300M

    This seemed like such a convenient and economical way of getting videos and TV shows to a TV without paying a cable or satellite company a lot of money each month. One of the selling points of this device is that one can use one's own existing computer, tablet or smartphone to control it -- no need for yet another remote. BUT, difficult as it is to believe, the one smartphone that cannot be used to control this Google product is an Android-based phone, a phone running a Google operating system: the Chromecast device can be *set up* using an Android-based phone, but the only video content that can be sent to the Chromecast from an Android-based phone is some YouTube videos -- and even that only by using a Beta version of the Chrome browser. I installed the Chromecast extension on the Chrome browser on a Windows machine and could send online videos to the Chromecast (and see them on the TV), but there was no way of pausing or rewinding using my Nexus 4 smartphone (a Google product) as there was on the Windows computer (three rooms away from the TV). I hope that Google solves this incompatibility soon, but in the meantime I think I'll be replacing this device by a Roku 3. (I see that the only choices I have for whether I would recommend this product to a friend are "Yes" and "No," but I wish there were an option to leave it blank or for "It depends," i.e., in this case, depends on what smartphone my friend has.)

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Does not offer best bang for buck

    Posted
    Chocolateyum27
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I tried out the beta laptop screen mirroring option. It is not working well yet at all. Someday, when device mirroring is really possible, chromecast will be very much worth it. But today is not that day. Look up xbmc on youtube and the kind of things you can do with that program. Chromecast will not let you use that program (very well anyway) right now. You can find miracast/widi adapters for only $50 sometimes when on sale which lets you mirror your entire screen so any program can be projected (including xbmc). Only $15 initial cost difference but in the end, it will actually save you much more money since you probably won't need to have so many paid subscriptions. Note, miracast/widi is easy on android 4.2 or above devices but harder to setup on laptops cause the laptop must have the right drivers on it and be widi compatible. In summary, if you are a plug and play type person, I'd go with chromecast or an android xbmc box (I'd pick the android xbmc box myself unless you are broke#. But if you are moderately computer literate, willing to spend some time to get things working if you end up having problems, and have android 4.2 or widi compatible devices, I'd get a miracast/widi adapter (from a famous company who will more likely update their drivers often).

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Lots of promise, needs more support

    Posted
    Cavorter
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    My household is a mixed environment with lots of Windows and plenty of Android devices running around. We primarily use an XBox 360 in the living room for streaming and other media content but I figured for $35 it was absolutely worth giving this device a try. For the very limited amount of support that it currently has, it works pretty well. We were able to get an Android phone, and Android tablet, and a Windows laptop to recognize the device as soon as it was setup (which was pretty simple) and we were pretty much on our way. It really does work pretty much as advertised, especially from an Android device, and for that alone it's probably worth the price. Do be careful about the WiFi networks though. We run both 2.4ghz and 5ghz networks with multiple APs on both, and none of those APs are in the room with the TV. The Chromecast only supports 2.4ghz, but you must be on the same network as the Chromecast to control it, so if you have a device on the 5ghz network it CAN NOT see the Chromecast. This can be irritating having to switch over the other network, and the extra interference inherent in that spectrum, in order for this to be useful. We have also found that the streaming quality from a Chrome tab on the laptop was MUCH better when we moved an AP into the same room.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Cable TV is on its last legs...

    Posted
    myNickname
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    ...but Internet TV is still in its infancy. This piece of hardware from Google lets us sample what's to come, but lacks the ease-of-use most might expect of the search giant. The Chromecast dongle cannot be used out of the box, such as a Roku. Instead, it relies on software from either your tablet, smartphone, or PC to find and control the streaming media. This is probably the biggest hurdle for most people, but if you are the type that is codependent on your smartphone then you're already carrying around the Chromecast remote. The hardware is surprisingly well-built. This thing feels solid, as if the hardware will long outlast the software. Included is a power cord that can draw power from your TV's USB port, or, if needed, can be plugged into a good old fashioned outlet. Perhaps your Chromecast dongle is having a hard time getting Wi-Fi behind the TV, or you feel the setup doesn't look hideous enough, also included is an HDMI extender to help protrude your dongle another few inches. Overall this product is well-made yet pretty darn affordable. I would recommend this to whomever wants a cheap setup to stream online content, so long as they're more the type that enjoys technological feats rather than curse computer quandaries.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    it works but why?

    Posted
    XboxFan
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    After all the rave reviews for this I picked one up to play with (it came free with a router I purchased) Setup is fairly straightforward and went smoothly. Beyond that, I am not sure why this is necessary. It requires external power and an HDMI port. For another $15 you could pick up a Roku that has the same requirements and doesn't have the one HUGE downside of the chromecast. Big downside. It requires an external source to "cast" to it. This literally does nothing unless you have a phone or tablet to connect to it with the exception of pretty wallpaper and the time as far as I can tell. I found this to be annoying and honestly seemed to make this a mostly pointless device. Only some things will "cast" and everything that does work can be accomplished with any of the other 10 devices hooked into my system already (Roku, AppleTV, Xbox, PS etc) I gave it three stars because it does work well within its limitations but honestly I think a $50 Roku is a better buy than $35 for this. If I had not gotten it for free I would have returned it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    good item, fair instruction, best Best Buy service

    Posted
    Ctuna
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    Chromecasting is relatively easy from computer and iPhone, I like the convenience of being able to stream HBO, Netflix, Pandora, etc. from my iPhone. Although a bit buggy with Comcast equipment to set up. The support documentation listed my modem/router as one that needed to have special tweaks by Comcast people, and did not work initially as instructions noted. I tried to first sync my iPhone with the Key, then my Macbook Pro, and that seemed to do the trick for some reason. Set up can be buggy, but keep playing with it, and it ought to work. Once you get it to work, you get used to the bugginess, and live with and accept the quirks since the streaming is a nice feature... NO WIRES. DO NOT PUT THE CHROMECAST KEY IN THE SIDE PORT OF A TV IN A HIGH TRAFFIC AREA. I did, and walked by it, snagged it on my coat, and it snapped the HDMI connector off the Key in the port on the TV. Better to use a Back port, or the flexible "dongle" supplied if you must use a side port. The best part of this review, is more on Best Buy... since Best Buy folks replaced the key, no questions asked, when I told them I broke it by bumping into it on the side TV Port.

    I would recommend this to a friend