Google Chromecast

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Google Chromecast

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<p>Cast your favorite entertainment from your phone, tablet, or laptop straight to the TV.</p> <p></p>

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Cast your favorite entertainment from your phone, tablet, or laptop straight to the TV.

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Very good invention

This is my second. My mom kidnapped my first one as a way of speaking. These devices are a great substitute for a smart TV and even better because they are easy to use.

Utter piece of junk

Plagued with reconnect me errors on both 2.4 and 5GHz. My first gen chromecast has been working fine on the same router for over 2 years.

Nice gift

It a good product!
Only works on wifi. Has to be restarted often for screen cast. Guest mode is a sad joke

Inexpensive and Works Well, Exactly As Advertised

The Google Chromecast seems to me to be the easiest and least expensive way to get into casting and streaming. The low cost doesn't mean "cheap", the device is technically up-to-date with plenty of memory. It does everything it says it will do and does it flawlessly. I've used it intensively---mainly with Netflix---without a single problem. Pros: (1) It is inexpensive and simple to install; (2) TV connects dependably to the Google Home app, which is also easily downloaded; (3) Zero tech problems so far, great picture on my 50" TV, no buffering or any play interruptions or glitches whatsoever. Cons: (1) Remember, it doesn't come with a remote but that is a trivial concern because play control is via your iOS or Android device; (2) Keep in mind that Play controls are limited to play/pause and quick 30-second jump rewind---no fast-forward or full rewind. I use my regular TV remote to control volume. I recommend Chromecast without any reservations, it is a bargain and works like a charm. Thanks for considering my comments.

Makes TV really smart

I have a Toshiba smart TV. It's painfully slow (several minutes to turn on the smart functions), to launch Netflix or Youtube. Most of the "Smart" applications are obsolete, or outdated - the company stopped updating the firmware after the first year. So now my TV is 4-years old and the screen is perfect but the software is bad. For $35 ChromeCast added all the modern functionality to my TV. The operation is flawless, all the apps supporting ChromeCast are happily casting to it and we're having lots of fun with my kids when everyone has control with their phone. The installation took 10 seconds: plug the HDMI into the TV, plug the USB cable into the power outlet... done. The software part was even easier. Installed the app, it found the ChromeCast device immediately and even sent to it the wi-fi password, so I didn't have to set it up. Bottom line: a high-class device, perfect solution for non-smart TVs.

MUCH better than the previous model

Have had an original version of this and gave it away because of excessive buffering which made it a waste of money. This one...have it hooked up to my mini-projector and it works like a dream. Only had very little buffering and that was when I was doing quite a few other things at the same time on my PC. Unlike the original...Google has done away with the Chromecast app I was used to using in the Chrome browser and my tablet/smartphone. After a couple of hours of trying to get it to work...finally found updated directions on how to use the browser from the PC. After this...was watching some TV shows from my TV tuner card. The worst part about this is the lack of updated documentation and the software since this has been released. With 35+ years of computer experience and running a media server to have to deal with the lack of clear directions because of upgrades is a travesty and needs to be better communicated for an absolute beginner.

Can't ever turn off chromecast

Chromecast is able to turn on a tv via hdmi-cec using just your cell phone or computer, but it will never turn off unless you physically go to the tv and turn it off. Not only that but it will always have text in the same spot as a "backdrop" screen-saver, the worst possible type of screen save due to the image burn-in on the screen. If I leave my laptop connected to the tv eventually it'll go to sleep. If I leave a dvd player connected to the tv eventually it will go to sleep. Same with xbox or play station, same with any other device I can think of. Chromecast will NEVER sleep or stop sending input to the tv. The only solutions are to physically shut off the tv, to unplug the chromecast, or to set a sleep timer on the tv. It would be pretty easy for google to set chromecast to sleep after 30-60min without input, or added an off/standby mode. It'd also be great if they just allowed the option to turn off the potentially screen damaging "backdrop" screensaver.

Pros and cons to using Phone as remote control

I ended up buying both a Roku and Google Chromecast to try them both out.. The chromecast is much more up-to-date, has a better interface, and easier to search because you can type on your phone. However, the The Chromecast will pause in the middle of the show about every 10 minutes. This will require you to unlock your phone and open the app. You sometimes have to reconnect to the Chromecast app which could take up to 20 extra second so that you can rewind the show, or try to unfreeze it. It’s really annoying. Also, if your phone battery isn’t the best, then this is another reason to get Roku or AppleTV instead of Chromecast because The Chromecast will require you to use your phone as the remote control which could drain the battery and will require you to have your phone close to you at all times when watching the Chromecast. For example if your phone is in another room charging, you’ll have to go get your phone every time you want to change the show, rewind, or do anything with your Chromecast. Really the only main benefit to Chromecast is that you can type easily on your phone rather than using a remote control where you have to select Every letter individually when searching for a show on Netflix.

Easy breezy

I was looking for a way to cast my Netlfix and HBO Go apps onto my VIZIO (no smart feature) and this was the answer to my prayers. It's so easy to set up - I can use my iPhone or my iPad. Very affordable as well. Keep in mind there's no remote - you will be asked to download the App to your smartphone or tablet and you control it (fast forward, pause, rewind etc.) from your device. The clarity is perfect and no delay or buffering. If your TV has an extra USB slot - that's perfect. since it's powered that way. If not, it comes with a regular plug so make sure you have the capacity to keep it powered. My TV only has one so I bought a USB port that can connect multiple USB devices. Lastly, there are a ton of apps that are supported by Chrome cast - make sure the ones you want are on there before you buy. They are all listed on their web site. Plug in and enjoy!
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