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Chromecast – Another Failure or Industry leader? – Here’s What We Think

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Chromecast – Another Failure or Industry leader? – Here’s What We Think

Google has sparked interest of technology enthusiasts and created a surge in demand for their new Chromecast dongle. The unit is a dongle that plugs into any HDMI port and turns your TV in a media hub. You can stream video’s, music and your chrome browser directly to your TV. The beauty of the device is the price at only $35 which seems like a fairly good bargain when compared to its contenders, the Apple TV and Roku device. The plus with Chromecast is that it supports multiple platforms including iOS and android, the two dominating software platforms.

The device requires a source of power that it receives via USB to your TV or a supplied AC adapter. We got our Chromecast, put it to the test and here is what we found.

  • The device is indeed light weight and simple to use. We tried it on a few TVs and the set up was a little difficult for the TVs that we have mounted to the wall. It fits like a glove in the Samsung 55 inch smart TV. However we had an older RCA 32 inch TV where the HDMI plugs directly behind the TV and not to the side. Given the length of the device, it was difficult to get the TV to not rest on the device. We had to make some adjustments to how the TV was mounted. So be sure to determine your TV Setup in advance.
  • Setting up the device was a breeze. You follow the supplied instructions and we were up and running within 10 min
  • The device was a sure win for the RCA TV which had no media capabilities. I was able to stream Netflix, Youtube videos and my chrome browser with virtually no issues. The services offered with the Chromecast were of little use on my Smart TV. I already have AllShare on my TV which enables me to stream off my mobile device to TV and the TV already has a pretty decent browser.
  • Other than a few lags, speed was no issue with the unit
  • It has limited capabilities at this time. The ability to stream off different browsers will be a big win. Chrome doesn’t support flash however, other browsers such as Puffin or Skyfire do which limits some of the streaming capabilities
  • It doesn’t have access to platforms such as Hulu which is a big miss, especially for folks who’ve already ventured into cutting their cords and going strictly the streaming route.

 

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