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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic for its purpose.

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    Logics
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    Like the original model, it has CEC HDMI, and can turn on/off the television, (IF the power source is not the television), and/or automatically select the right input source, provided your television has CEC services. (Only one of my TV sets does). Like the original, it connects to 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-fi networks. So what are all these improvements over the original or 2nd generation? Mostly processing power and additional connectivity options. From a UI standpoint, it is precisely the same. From a UX standpoint, the difference is probably not noticeable. With an Ethernet adapter (sold separately), one can use a more reliable wired network. It streams video from its source, not from your device, (except when doing screen mirroring, second monitor). This means your device can initiate content, then shutdown/disconnect/etc., and the content keeps playing. If you decide, you can allow others to also stream from their devices as a guest, even if they are NOT on your network, by enabling "guest mode," (off my default). Speaking of which, all documentation insist that one needs to be on the same Wi-fi network to use the device while not in guest mode, but this is not true; one simply needs to be on the same internal network, even if on separate WiFi AP. It is fully controllable with the Google Assistant. "Hey, Google, show me the latest Tony Northrup YouTube video in the Florida room, please." "Okay, Google, advance two minutes and forty-five seconds, please.” It is a great purchase. This is NOT the 4k model. If you have a UHD television, you may want to get the 4k model.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Out Rokus the Roku

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    This small disc plugs into an unused HDMI port and a USB port on the back of your flat screen TV. Supposedly you can "cast" (stream on your TV ) from well over 1,000 apps on your smartphone. A distinctive Chromecast icon appears on your phone if you are using an app that you can cast to your TV. Frankly, I was only interested in one: DAZN (pronounced "duh zone." DAZN is the new source for boxing on the Internet. DAZN just signed Canelo Alvarez—the undisputed middleweight champion of the world to a $365 million contract for exclusive rights to eleven of Canelo's bouts over the next five years. DAZN isn't compatible with Roku. (I should add the word "yet," because it's in the interest of DAZN to be as widely available as possible. There is no subscription charge for the Google Cromecast. However, you have to pay for many of the streaming services that you play on it. Once you are connected (you first download the free Google Home app. Google sees the Chromecast as a component of your futuristic Google Home. I don't want to open my garage door with my phone; I just want to watch boxing. I had some trouble getting DAZN going initially. However, Google Chromecast has excellent phone support. The customer support guy guessed that I had many apps running in the background of my iPhone. I double-clicked on the button and swiped away the apps that I wasn't using, and then I could cast DAZN, Thye picture is beautiful, and I am delighted with my purchase. Incidentally, once you get the boxing match going, you can use your phone for other things. There is no need for a line-of-sight connection between the phone and the Google Chromecast.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Not for most but a must for YouTube 1080p 60fps

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    WarcraftFan
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    Alright I'm going to be honest. other than a aesthetic change to match the Chromecast Ultra and a bit of an increase in size. Not that different than the last Chromecast and most people with the second gen Chromecast aren't missing out on much. Except for one difference that will make buying this model worth it for a small group of people of which I am a part of. The gamer and the game walkthrough watcher community. Because internally the specs of this model I think give this model a 15% boost in performance which is modest but significant enough to enable this specific model to output video at 1080p at 60fps where as the previous model could only do 1080p 30fps and 720 60fps. This is important to me because Youtube since 2015 has enable channels the option to upload HD video at 60fps which is useful in particular for video games that play at that framerate (basically all PC titles and a large portion of console games in particular first person shooters and some others) I particularly value it because one channel on YouTube pretty much uploads all there videos in HD at 60fps. That channel would be the lovely people at Digital Foundry. If you don't know who they are then go check them out and you will quickly see they are more than a typical gaming channel. So basically if you like watching YouTube in HD at 60fps then this is for you other than that then your not missing much. Except maybe the fact that this can also be used with Google's smart speakers or rather Google home I can't really remember exactly but it involved something with speakers. So that's all I know.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great For What It Is

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    aggielaw
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    I purchased this because it is Roon-ready, and I wanted to be able to use the HDMI in on my AV receiver to play files via Roon. The Chromecast does this without skipping, but is very limited in passing on DSP performed by the host computer. The sound quality is ok, but not great. This is to be expected, of course. After all, the Chromecast isn't designed to be a high-end audio device. I experimented with playing movies through some of the apps, and they work flawlessly. This is more in line with what the Chromecast was is designed to do. I took a flyer on this device, hoping the assertion"the source doesn't matter, it's all ones and zeroes" was correct in the world of digital audio reproduction. That assertion is simply false. For those who use the Chromecast for the purposes it was truly designed, it's an excellent, versatile device. You won't be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Affordable dongle for everyone to enjoy

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    marcopolo581
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    These days, we all wish Google would improve the vast majority of their products Thankfully, the 3rd generation of the chromecast has way better connectivity than the last. Compared to the 2nd generation, this latest model keeps it word when it comes to an easy set up. My only two complaints that I with chromecast had the capabilities to do would be connecting to audio via bluetooth and a better picture to display. Quality vs an Apple TV (4th/5th gen) for example, is noticeable from a standpoint. All in all, if you're looking for something affordable to cast videos, music, and pictures to, then this is the device that is enjoyed but everyone, and great for each tv in your home.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simple, efficient, and fun!

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    Bran
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    This Google Chromecast is just as amazing as the first generation but also improved for 4K media. This is our second one in our home and it was easy to set up (did take a little bit of time). It comes compact and you just power it up, plug into the TV, and use the Google Home app to set it up. Super simple and then you can stream all your shows, music, and other media to your TV. Yes, for Apple users wondering if it works in their homes, it does. You just need the Google Home app. Not only is this a great product but I got it on Cyber Monday for an amazing price! Definitely would recommend to anyone!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect!

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    HDDude
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    What can you say about a device that just plain works? The Google Chromecast does, and perfectly at that. This device - the base 2018 model - is designed for screens that display 720p or 1080i. If you have a 4K screen, just get the Chromecast Ultra. Easy. The until allows me to cast videos to my kitchen TV, which is a little 24" 720p LG. I like to watch and listen to videos while I make dinner, so it's perfect. Plus, Google just enabled a feature in Google Home, in which Chromecasts like this can be linked in 'speaker groups.' That's nice. The fit is just right....a 720p TV and this unit. Thanks, Google. Thanks, Best Buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Necessary device for the No-Contract Era

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    wranglerrider09
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    We don't own a smart TV, but we were ready to drop Satellite. We were spending over $100 a month on Directv, and we wanted a way out. So I did some research and decided to try Youtube TV, and I highly recommend it. But in order to utilize it, I needed this device to make it happen. The Chromecast is a simple to use device that works very well. It works great with my Iphone, and allows me to watch Youtube and Youtube TV on my TV with ease, and the broadcast always comes in clear, just as if I was watching a Satellite cast. Highly recommend!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    easy set up works great, word of advice.

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    Miamitennis
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    So I got this to be able to broad cast movies from my PC to my living room TV. I have a pretty good router with both 5G and 2.4G ,do yourself a favor and pair it with your 2.4 network unless your chrome cast is right next to your router, 2..4 has less speed but more range, 2.4 speed is enough and less stuttering. if you wish to broad cast movies from your pc use googe chrome and download a plug in called "Cast player" click the plug in, drop the movie in the browser and select " cast" once your chrome cast is set up , presto!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great little device

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    RenoHal
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    I've had the 1st and 2nd gen devices and they work great. I noticed I could not get 1080p 60f on Twitch and found out that I needed the 3rd gen. I went out and bought it and I am so happy with it. I get a smooth 60 fps at 1080p. The only problem that showed up after getting the 3rd gen is when watching Twitch.tv, it freezes sometimes and I can't do anything but unplug and plug back in. It does not happen to any other app so there is a very high probability that it's Twitch's app which doesn't surprise me at all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great gift! So simple.

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    jvaltierra90
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    This is one of the simplest and least expensive ways to turn most TVs into a "smart" TV. Great as a gift for young and old (as long as you actually help them set up to use it). If you already have a smart TV with apps and internet access, a Chromecast can potentially overcome some of the TVs shortcomings as well. From personal experience, certain TVs may just not perform as well as you'd like for basic streaming. As long as your internet is not the problem, a Chromecast might still perform better for YouTube/Hulu/Netflix/Plex than your TVs built in apps.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love these things

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    JackandJD
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    I’ve been using a chromecast for years but these newer ones are way better with a clearer picture than my original one, and with the sale price I figured I get 2 and give one as a gift, I showed them how to use it on Christmas Eve and now they are thinking they might cut the cord to save over 100 dollars a month compared to direct tv, looking forward to seeing how much they actually saved. I Love how easy it is to cast shows from my phone or my tablet to my older Samsung smart tv that was not being supported/updated anymore, made my older smart tv, smarter.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works great

    Posted
    Dennis
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    This is the second Chromecast I have. They are both providing clear solid streaming via the WiFi connection. This newer model was placed in the 2nd floor bonus room and provides excellent streaming whether I'm streaming Amazon movies, Netflix or just pic. One thing to keep in mind is that you need a cell phone to install it. In the past you could use a PC to install, but not any more. It does provide streaming from a PC once installed with the cell phone app.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Is very convenient....

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    Kittie
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    This is my second Google Chromecast. Both have worked fine. I purchased this one to place in my crafting room. I love being able to look up movies, videos, web pages, or what ever else I may need and sent it to a TV over my work area for help or entertainment. Does just what I hoped it would. Only con to me is you now have to install google home on your device to use this. Not a huge fan since it is yet another type of software that loves to spy on you..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A good alternative to roku and fire tv

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    essbeebee
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    *slaps roof of chromecast* this baby can fit so much streaming in it! I had a fire tv for a while, but this honestly makes more sens for my personal setup. I already have the apps for my streaming services on my phone, so it's pretty convenient to just cast whatever I want to the TV. That being said, you want your phone or tablet or whatever to have a decent amount of storage to actually hold all of those apps in the first place. Being able to stream my PC to the TV is just a bonus!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Thing Ever!!

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    Aney
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    I love my chrome cast! It’s so easy to use and set up!!! I have no regret in purshasing this! It’s awesome for anyone who doesn’t want to watch regular cable channels anymore. If you’re like me, you’ll enjoy the easy to use features with your apps on your mobile devices. I love how easy it is to connect to my pc monitors. I also like how small it is and that it doesn’t take much space at all along the wires of my speaker, monitors and other pc cables that are around.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Life Saver on Vacation

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    Robwilson80
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    My wife and I were recently staying at a place that had a poor WiFi connection for the Smart TV. We couldn’t load Netflix at night to watch movies and were super frustrated. I had used a Chromecast in the past so I knew we could launch apps from our phones to play on the TV. Even though we couldn’t connect the TV through the WiFi we were still able to connect the Chromecast and watch movies on Netflix!! Absolutely made our vacation more enjoyable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better version

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    Mochten
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    I have the previous version of the chromecast, and compared to this one, I like the new one better. Easier to setup than the previous version, much to it is because google has improved the phone app to set it up. Only word of warning is that you will need to allow a few minutes for updates before it becomes fully functional. Once the update is done, you're immediately in business and can begin streaming anything your phone allows it to.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great alternative for cable

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    MillenialLandlord
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    This is the third chromecast I have purchased. I used them initially within my personal home, so that I could play videos/tv/music over the tv in my rec room, but quickly started implementing them in the AirBNB's I operate. Since so many people already have their own streaming accounts, this allows guests to play all their own content seamlessly without having to worry about logging in/out of their accounts.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very usufull

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    Peluche
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    I own a first generation Chromecast. In comparison with this new version, I prefer the latter, since it comes with that small piece of cable that allows me to fold the Chromecast for more convenient use. I have connected it to my Vivitek portable pocket projector and it works perfectly. The only detail that I should comment is the time it takes to change from one movie to another. Other than that I am very happy with this product.

    I would recommend this to a friend