Google Chromecast (2018) review

Google did not say a word about the new Chromecast stage in New York last week. It is not difficult to understand why. The latest Chromecast is very similar to the previous model. It is still $ 35. The best you can do for video quality is still 1080p. And are completely dependent on devices (that is, devices that tell you what content to play) like smartphones. While slightly improved, Pixel 3 shows how much our hardware efforts have progressed, while third-generation Chromecasts feel somewhat slower. Refresh for new features.

The new Chromecast is a dongle that still hangs when plugged into the HDMI port on the TV. We sell older models of the Chrome logo with the same Google "G" stamps found on Pixel phones, home speakers, and Chrome OS devices made in Google products. Google designer Katie Morgenroth says, "It looks like a little macaroons," and the 2018 Chromecast looks like a big Mentos.

Good points

  • Good design
    • You can avoid dust and scratches with a new design.
    • You can stream 1080p at 60fps.
    • Slightly faster performance
    • Google Assistant support is very convenient [19659010] Bad stuff
      • No 4K when Roku basically offers the same price
      • No Amazon video
      • Sometimes there is not enough or not enough built-in apps

      
      
      
    

  

  
    
  

  

Either way, I seem to have scratches or scratches on second generation hardware. There is a micro USB port for supplying power to the unit. Even though these things are not important for a product that is hidden behind the TV screen forever, the design is better and better. Finally, a magnetic attachment device is no longer needed between the puck and the HDMI cord.


Once set up, Chromecast will continue to provide a minimal screen interface. When you're not streaming videos or music, you can browse through your favorite Google Photos albums or cool images of your choice from Google. Needless to say, there are no built-in apps or any kind of menu system. We are aware that all the apps you need are already installed on your phone.

Yes. The guest mode on your device allows you to share your TV conveniently and collaboratively when others in your living room watch all YouTube videos or play songs from your Spotify app. The Send button is everywhere. The biggest exception is to completely ignore Amazon Chromecast. The redesigned, easy-to-use Google Home app on Android and iOS is where you adjust your Chromecast's settings and highlight popular rising content from apps that support casting on your phone. By the end of the year, you can add Chromecast to your multi-room audio settings to play music through the sound bar or speakers connected to your TV.


We say that the new Chromecast is 15% faster than the second generation device. However, it is difficult to test or recognize devices that are most likely to search for content requested by a smartphone and lack a menu to scroll through. Music or video starts playing almost immediately. If you mirror your screen on your Android phone (or your Chrome browser on your PC), it's likely that your wait time is getting shorter than before. If you have a Google Home speaker or a phone with Google Assistant, you can instruct your Chromecast to play Netflix, YouTube, and other supported services as spoken commands. I love changing my channel on YouTube TV this way.


The maximum video quality that Chromecast can stream is 1080p, which is disappointing when Roku delivers both 4K and HDR at similar prices to Premiere. Amazon and Roku's 4K capable hardware is very inexpensive, but to get 4K with Chromecast, you need to use the $ 70 Chromecast Ultra. The main video & # 39; Upgrade & # 39; provided by Chromecast 2018 is 60 fps playback at 1080p, and older models only performed their frame rate at 720p. Useful for YouTube and tweets content. If you're serious about streaming video games on Google, you can make Chromecast a great opportunity. However, it does not actually affect movies or TV shows.


The 2018 Chromecast offers a slightly better hardware feature than the improved design and replaced 3-year-old device. Many apps can stream content. And at $ 35, it remains an impulsive purchase. However, there is no feature worth upgrading. As a competitive alternative – a $ 40,000 4-dollar streaming stick, for example, with a Alexa voice remote – Google's boneless Chromecast philosophy may no longer be enough. Anyway, there is no product without 4K.

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