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Can you make your dumb TV a smart one for just $35?

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Chromecast is an easy way to stream internet video to your TV from almost any source. With a price of just $35, it's a bona fide steal.

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8.0
Engadget Jul 29, 2013

Chromecast is an easy way to stream internet video to your TV from almost any source. With a price of just $35 price it's a bona fide steal.

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9.0
Computerworld Jul 25, 2013

If you're looking for a dead-simple, easy-to-use way to get Internet content on any TV, this gadget is an insanely good option to grab.

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9.0
TechCrunch Jul 28, 2013

If the Chromecast sounds like something you’d want, buy it. It’s easily worth $35 as it stands, and it’s bound to only get better as time goes on, the bugs get ironed out, and more apps come to support it.

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9.0
AllThingsD Jul 30, 2013

If you’re an all-Apple household with $99 to spare, AirPlay and Apple TV work great. But, if you want a less costly solution that works with all your devices across platforms, and can wait while Google gradually gets more apps to adopt it, Chromecast is a winner.

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8.0
PC Mag Jul 26, 2013

The Google Chromecast is the least expensive way to access online services on your HDTV if you can't do so already, even if more functional, pricier options are available.

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8.0
Gizmodo Jul 29, 2013

Look at what exactly you want to use your device for and choose accordingly. But for multiple-TV houses, or for people dipping their toes into the river of streams, Chromecast is an excellent option.

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7.0
CNET Jul 25, 2013

Google's $35 Chromecast streaming-TV dongle is certainly cheap, but its limited initial app support and total reliance on mobile devices keep it well behind the Apple TV and Roku -- at least for now.

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7.0
Laptop Magazine Jul 26, 2013

We love the simplicity of this device, but while it streams YouTube and Netflix well, for now the content selection is fairly limited and the Tab casting feature still needs work.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Jul 31, 2013

In terms of functionality and performance, Chromecast is the cheapest and ideal method of streaming video on a TV and casting browser tabs to a TV. Chromecast is an inexpensive and easy-to-use dongle. It's also an impulse buy that packs more incentive than whim.

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8.0
Mashable Jul 25, 2013

When it worked, it was magical. When it didn’t — like when I couldn’t get Netflix videos to stop — it had me desperately longing for a remote control.

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8.0
TechHive Jul 30, 2013

If you don’t already have a streaming box, or if you have one but it doesn’t offer everything you want to watch, the Chromecast should be able to fill in some of the blanks.

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7.0
Reviewed.com Televisions Aug 9, 2013

When using supported apps, Google's Chromecast works almost flawlessly. But that's also its biggest weakness: There are only four apps that are supported right now, and one of them is in beta.

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9.0
TechRadar Aug 12, 2013

As it stands, Chromecast is an inexpensive, easy-to-use way of accessing a quintet of apps, most of which have content readily available on rival streaming services.

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8.0
T3 Aug 2, 2013

Chromecast is a huge product for Google, and one that because of its incredibly low price, stands a real chance of becoming one of the key ways to get online video in the living room.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Feb 13, 2014

It’s a work-in-progress project, but the Google Chromecast offers simple, reliable, cheap streaming that 100 per cent in line with the trend for more mobile-centric control.

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7.0
Forbes Jul 28, 2013

Combine this with the half dozen glitches I experienced in just a few hours of use, and Chromecast seems like an inexpensive device with lots of promise, but little compelling right now.

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9.0
HotHardware Aug 9, 2013

The bottom line is that the Google Chromecast is absolutely awesome for the money. If you want the ability to quickly and easily share multimedia content from your mobile device or PC to a big screen TV, spending the $35 for a Chromecast is a no brainer.

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8.0
IT Pro Portal Jul 29, 2013

At this price level, however, it’s the most affordable way to access online media services on your HDTV, even if those services are limited.

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9.0
MobileBurn Jul 29, 2013

Low costs, low stress, and high value; Chromecast has that already. Anything else that may appear in the future will merely enhance the big picture.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jul 24, 2013

While we take no issue with the shape itself, that flared out end does concern us that it may take up the space of two HDMI ports despite it needing only one to operate. Regardless, it's a solid little thing, constructed of black plastic and jammed with the 2.4Ghz wireless radio needed.

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CNET Jul 24, 2013

The compact 2-inch device will work with Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Movies and TV, and Google Play Music at launch, with support for future services, including Pandora, coming soon. It's a cross-platform device, with support for both Android and iOS devices.

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Gizmodo Jul 24, 2013

From the looks of it, Chromecast is what we've been waiting for from a set-top-box for a long time. Rather than a platform-siloed experience like the one you get from Apple TV— Chromecast leaves the options wide open.

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Wired Jul 24, 2013

Google’s had some flops in the living room–Google TV hasn’t ever caught fire, and the Nexus Q has been a total disaster. And of course the Chromecast still could flop too. But at its price point ... I suspect people will tend to be forgiving of quirks.

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SlashGear Jul 24, 2013

This device connects with software, not with hardware, over a Wifi connection in your living room. It’ll work with the YouTube app on iOS, you can access this button with YouTube in a Chrome internet browser – and we’ll see what else as soon as hackers get their hands on it, too!

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Time Jul 24, 2013

Once connected, you’ll be able to hand video and audio content from your phone, tablet or computer off to your TV set, where it’ll be available for all to see (or hear) on the biggest, nicest screen in your home.

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Mashable Jul 24, 2013

If you’re settling in for a movie night, Chromecast supports a video queue to line up a playlist for the evening. Similar to Google’s ill-fated media streamer Nexus Q for music, the device allows your friends and family to add their own contributions to the queue, creating the ultimate playlist.

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TechHive Jul 24, 2013

The Chromecast is a small HDMI dongle that plugs into any available HDMI port on your HDTV. But because HDMI doesn’t provide any power, the Chromecast needs constant power from a USB port as well. That can be a USB port on your TV if it has one.

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Android Central Jul 24, 2013

With updated versions of Youtube, Google Play, Netflix and other apps on the phone side, Chromecast will offer functionality nearly identical to what we saw with the Nexus Q. While you use your phone or tablet as a remote, the Chromecast pulls down content directly from the web.

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Forbes Jul 24, 2013

The device, which looks like one of those USB thumb drives, plugs directly into a TV’s HDMI port. It also comes with a handy extender cable for TVs like mine where there isn’t enough clearance for the device itself.

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VentureBeat Jul 24, 2013

We don’t have a full list of supported devices, but at the $35 price it seems very likely that Google will bend over backwards to make Chromecast compatible for everyone who wants to use one, regardless of how old their gadgets are.

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TUAW Aug 13, 2013

In the end, was it worth the $35? Yes. Will I keep using this device past the review period? Yes. Is it as good as Apple TV? It's not a real competitor, and it fills its own niche quite nicely. The Chromecast extends desktop media playback to an external HDTV and it does that well.

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Android Community Jul 24, 2013

One important aspect is the Chromecast works on all devices, and is built to scale perfectly too. You can go from streaming a video from your Nexus 7, to swapping it out and “casting” a tab from Google Chrome on your iPhone 5 in seconds. It does it quick, accurately, and scales perfect.

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9.0
Vance Vance

Short review: for the price, this is a no-brainer. Buy it. We have a Roku, an Xbox and a bluray player which can all stream content and have more streaming options. However, since this has been installed it has been the ONLY thing we use. The reason is fairly simple: the phone or tablet (which...

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9.0
Hab33 Hab33

The Google Chromecast Review: By now you've heard a lot about the new Google Chromecast. But none of it is important. You’re going to get one – it’s just that good. You've already heard about the surprise launch, almost an afterthought considering we were all anxiously awaiting the new Nexus 7...

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8.0
nkline nkline

Great device. Excellent for the price. I got it with a Netflix promo code which essentially made it $11 for me. Hopefully more media providers will support the device quickly. I'd love to listen to Spotify and/or Pandora with it.

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9.0
sethgagnon sethgagnon

Chromecast is great if you want to be able to stream your video/audio applications to your TV. They are in the early stages of partnering with various applications to allow the streaming over Chromecast. Netflix works great!

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9.0
AnpleApdroid AnpleApdroid

It works perfectly and is insanely easy to set up. Video and music streaming is clear and smooth with no cutouts or lag whatsoever. My only gripe is that I wish it supported more apps, such as Spotify. Other than that, this is a steal for only $35.

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8.0
TheLivingKing2 TheLivingKing2

This is a good start for Google but the Chrome cast needs more support and features. The network I use is 30 Mbps and pluged up to a Belkin wireless N dual-band router at 300 Mbps. The Chrome Cast only supports 2.4 Ghz networks, while not utilizing the 5 Ghz speed of most newer routers. The...

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9.0
lewieg lewieg

I can't stress enough that $35 is an amazing price point for a simple, intuitive way to turn any HDMI-input TV into a "smart" TV with a simple user interface. Yes, content selection is limited at launch but I think that will change with just a few months' time for developers to adopt the API....

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8.0
falleninsea falleninsea

Over all 1st impressions of the device are good. the price point of $35 really made this an easy device to buy for me. This is early in the life of this device and i expect that we will see more software taking advantage of this device. lets start with what i like about the device. Price...

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9.0
joeketterling joeketterling

At first I didn't get it, but for $35 I figured what the heck. Once I got it and started to use it, it clicked! I can see the Chromecast being a staple the TV room! My only complaint is that it is early and support of all the apps aren't there yet, but they are coming. And when the do, the...

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7.0
peterholt peterholt

This is a great first release. I have niggles with YouTube on chromecast : "watch later" is not supported on tablet or phone only pc or Mac. This is annoying as watch later would be great for stacking up video to watch later on the big screen. Most video players on tablet / phone have low...

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8.0
AdamWillis AdamWillis

This product is great at what it does but what it doesn't do is kind of huge. It's nice for sending over content from YouTube and Netflix from my phone or PC but it pretty much stops there. In comparison to Apple TV, the media I can send to/from my devices is very limited. Netflix is nice but is...

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9.0
brett brett

The Google Chromecast does everything I need it to do for $35. As other reviews have mentioned, support is somewhat limited right now, but Netflix, YouTube, and Google Play should be enough to get by for almost everyone. It's small size, ease of use, and the fact that your phone is your remote...

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8.0
Sartaxi Sartaxi

would love it if I could stream local media from my phone or tablet. That's currently the biggest downside. Video quality I rated good, but really depends on your wifi/internet speed. I've seen anything from fair to great. Audio quality mainly depends on the sound system you have with your TV...

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