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Google Chromecast Ultra

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80 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

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

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The Chromecast Ultra does exactly what it promises to do: reliably stream 4K HDR video to compatible TVs. But the marginal increase in quality, coupled with a dearth of 4K content, means the device is hardly a must-buy.

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Pros
  • Simple setup and easy to use
  • Excellent video quality
  • 4K streaming works great over WiFi and Ethernet
  • Compatible with most popular streaming services
Cons
  • Marginal video quality improvement over 1080p streaming devices
  • Limited 4K content selection at launch
  • Twice as expensive as the regular Chromecast
  • No remote
  • No Amazon Instant Video support
80 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Average Critic Score
 
70
Tom's Guide
Pick up the Google Chromecast Ultra if you don't want to spend a lot of money, but need a streaming player that can deliver 4K HDR content. Avoid it if you're heavily invested in the Amazon ecosystem, or if you're sticking with a 1080p TV for now.
 
80
Digital Trends
Google’s Chromecast Ultra is a slick and simple way to serve up tons of 4K Ultra HD content in glistening HDR.
 
80
PC Mag
Google's 4K-capable Chromecast Ultra is the least expensive UHD media streamer available, but you still need a smartphone, tablet, or computer to control it.
 
60
TechHive
Google's premium Chromecast quadruples the pixels for double the money, but lacks the bells and whistles of other high-end steaming devices.
 
50
Ars Technica
You're gonna really need to hate your 4K TV's built-in apps in order to even think about buying this thing.
 
90
GottaBeMobile
The Chromecast Ultra is a simple device that’s easy to take with you in your computer bag. You can connect it to your device, even without Wi-Fi. For these reasons, it’s a definite buy and the best Chromecast device yet.
 
80
TechRadar
Chromecast Ultra offers one of the best values for streaming video devices for 4K TV owners. ... if you’re looking for powerful, fast streaming in a device the size of a wafer for your brand-new UHD TV, there’s no better place to find it than Chromecast Ultra.
 
80
Gizmodo Australia
It's not quite up to the visual quality of the smart TV apps that already live inside your 4K screen, but if you don't like using those apps — and let's be honest, navigating with a remote control is annoying when you have a smartphone next to you — then the Chromecast Ultra is a great alternative for $99.