Google Chromecast (2013)

84
Engadget
Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Google Chromecast review: can you make your dumb TV a smart one for just $35?

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.

Pros
  • Inexpensive
  • Simple and easy to set up
  • App implementation is slick and easy to use
Cons
  • Limited app support for now
  • Chrome browser casting is a less-than-ideal UX and requires fairly new computer hardware to stream in HD
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Score Breakdown

 
81
Average Critic Score

Design and form factor

81
 

Ease of use

87
 

Media support

73
 

Video quality

82
 
 
80
Engadget
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.
 
90
TechCrunch
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.
 
80
Sound+Vision
For $35 and a little practice, this is the best streaming solution available to date.
 
80
PC Mag
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.
 
90
AllThingsD
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.
 
80
Gizmodo
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.
 
70
CNET
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.
 
90
Computerworld
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.
 
70
Laptop Magazine
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.