Chromcast was launched by Google in 2013 as a portative electronic adapter that is able to turn any HDTV into a web-connected smart TV. This small wireless gadget is internet-connected and its main function is to deliver any audio or video content streaming in the web to your TV through the laptop, mobile phone, tablet or notebook.
After being introduced Chromcast became a stunning success in sales, gaining more and more popularity. Now after a year of its presentation, the device has gained numerous reviews in the Internet from its customers, the most of which are good, though the perfect reputation of Chromcast was nevertheless spoiled by some complaints as well.
How to Use ChromCast.
The Chromcast is a very simple media streaming device to use. In fact, it functions like an antenna that gets the signal from your device and transports it into the TV. It looks similar to a flash drive, it’s only 2 inches big and 34g weight, and is very easy to set up. All you need to do is to plug the gadget in a free HDMI port in your TV. After that switch on the TV and choose the HDMI input you plugged the gadget into. Then just install the Chromcast app to any compatible PC, tablet, or mobile phone from which you’ll send the content to the TV. Please, make sure that any of those devices you use to cast a signal to the Chromcast is connected to WiFi. That’s all, now you are able to run movies, TV shows, music, etc on your TV from Google Play Movie, Chrome, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Netflix, and other services. Some of them, however, support only particular platforms, for instance playing something from Google Movies and TV is available only for Android devices.
After the quick setup you can browse, play, rewind or forward the wanted content as you see fit. It’s also possible to use several devices and switch between TVs as long as these units belong to one network, and you use any Chromcast app for casting.
Though the exploitation seems hard to get any simpler than it is, according to the reviews of some customers, they faced a few problems using Chromcast, one of which is the absence of a local media playback. Despite the commercial, it’s impossible to cast any content from your device directly into the TV. In this case, the Chromcast app running on your device is playing a role of a remote control that delivers the video, photos or music to the gadget first, and only then it casts it into the TV. The Google Chrome Tab could make an exception to this drawback; however some unsupported formats of the files make the process inconvenient and bulky. Another serious drawback is that Chromcast needs power to function. That’s why every gadget has the USB power adapter attached. Other most common negative reviews include the downfalls in the work of the gadget with the Kindle Fire tablets, and poor functioning capability with the certain types of WiFi routers.
ChromCast Cost. What Do You Get for Your Money?
The pricing for Chromcast differs from store to store; you can purchase it in Walmart, Amazon.com, Best Buy, etc. The average cost of the gadget is around $35. For this money you get a box with a Chromcast unit, the extending cable for HDMI port, and the USB power adapter.
Advanteges of Chromcast.
The gadget is very popular due to the number of advantages it offers to its users, such as:
- Chromcast is relatively small and light, plus it’s wireless, which makes it portable and convenient to use anywhere and anytime.
- It’s cheap media streaming device, which allows you to enjoy the content from Netflix, Google Music, YouTube, and HBO Go on your TV.
- Chromcast is able to provide a high quality resolution picture.
Though the Chromcast has many pros, and it gained a reputation of a good reliable device according to the numerous reviews in the web, still there are a few drawbacks reported of which one should be aware before purchasing the product:
- Every Chromcast unit requires power to function, which makes the exploiting process less convenient.
- The price is nearly the same with the Roku LT service, which provides users with greater number of opportunities in comparison to the gadget’s features.
- The mirroring process is bulky and inconvenient.
- Most of the supported content is available in the U.S.A only.
Chromcast would make a good choice for those who want to use the gadget as a wireless antenna to their TVs, providing more streaming content in order to be entertained. However it can’t live up to the image of an inimitable gadget imposed by its commercials. The gadget does need the USB adapter to work, which means additional wiring at your place; and with the inconvenient way of mirroring, and a few unsupported web services the content watched using Chromcast can be way less than expected.