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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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Engadget Review

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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Scores

Engadget

84
 

User Reviews

90
Vance
Short review: for the price, this is a no-brainer. Buy it.We have a Roku, an...read more
80
nicolas kline
Great device. Excellent for the price. I got it with a Netflix promo code which...read more
80
Thomas Graves
This is a good start for Google but the Chrome cast needs more support and features....read more
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Model

Key Specs

Type
Audio / video player
Video services
YouTube
Video outputs
HDMI
WiFi
Yes
Ethernet
None

General

Type
Audio / video player

Supported media

Video playback
Yes
Photo viewer
Yes

Services

Video services
YouTube

Storage

Internal storage
No
USB
2.0 (1 ports)
Memory card reader
No

Speakers

Speakers
None

Remote

Remote (included)
No
IR blaster
No
Serial control
No

Power

Power adapter
Internal

Other features

Front text display
No

Outputs

Video outputs
HDMI (1 outputs) (V1.4)

Inputs

Video input support
No
Audio input support
No

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Ethernet
None

Compatibility

Requires desktop software
No