July 24th 2013 12:50 pm

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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Media support Does not support enough sources, but it is manageable with Chrome tab casting. so-so
  • Video quality Some Artifacting But still 720p looking. good
  • Audio quality Sound is in 5.1 surround sound. Sounds best with Netflix 5.1 videos that support it. good
  • Ease of use Very Easy to setup. Took me less than 3 mins. great!
  • Design and form factor The actual dongle is just a little on the wide side but with the extender its great. great!
Detailed review
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 Chrome Cast also struggles to get a solid connection to the router, and whereas the 5 Ghz will extend the range just by a little. The Chrome Cast displays in 1080p but plays content at 720p. Over-all the Chrome Cast is good for someone who wants the best for their money, with little setup required. ~Thomas A. Graves
review history
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Edited comment on Media support