There's not much to say about the new Chromecast. It is almost identical to its second generation counterpart (19459005) and even to the price of $ 35. Oh, and 4K is not supported.
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How has the Chomecast changed?
The old Chromecast looked like a shiny air freshener for your car. It had a Chromecast logo in the middle and a bendable HDMI dongle. Fans of the old design will be relieved to know that the new Chromecast has the same old shape and the same old dongle. But Google replaced the old glossy plastic shell with a matte finish and swapped the Chromecast logo for the slim Google "G" logo. There are two color options: chalk and charcoal. Personally, I think the chalk design looks like a giant respiratory mint or a half earmuff. Anyway, the Chromecast hangs behind your TV so we can forget about the bill and keep going.
I repeat, the new Chromecast has no 4K. But Google has updated the hardware, so the new Chromecast is supposed to run 15 percent faster than its predecessor. While the previous model could run only 30 fps at 1080p, the new 60 fps can run at 1080. The Wi-Fi range has also been increased, which is good because the Chromecast still does not have an Ethernet port.
Eventually the Chromecast will support multi-room speakers. You can transfer audio from the device to compatible speakers throughout the house. Although this feature may be useful for people with a range of Bluetooth speakers or Google Home devices, this may not be important to the average customer.
The new Chromecast still uses a micro USB power adapter. Even if the new Chromecast uses a USB-C cable, would you really dig it out from behind your TV to put something else in it? Probably not. Oh, and like its predecessors, the Chromecast still does not have a remote control, you need a phone or tablet to operate it. While this may be a deal-breaker for some, others may prefer it
How's the Chromecast Ultra? ($ 69)
The Ultra is like the regular Chromecast, but a bit better. The Chromecast Ultra not only supports 4K, but also has an Ethernet port and additional processing power. Yes, these differences make the Ultra much more appealing than the regular Chromecast, but Chromecast Ultra is almost twice as expensive as the regular Chromecast. This makes it much more expensive than the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K ($ 49.99) and the Roku Premier ($ 39.99).
If you're familiar with Project Stream, you might wonder if Google wants to make Chromecast a compatible device. If so, would not it be better with a wired Internet connection and 4K? If support for Project Stream comes off (Google did not show this), it might be wise to invest in Chromecast Ultra. But at the moment there is nothing to say, in one way or another, so until something official comes out, that's still a gamble.
The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K ($ 49.99)
Amazon's latest streaming device is in the same price range as the new Chromecast, but has the features of Chromecast Ultra. The new Fire TV Stick is 4K compatible, supports Alexa, can access Amazon Video (the Chromecast can not) and can be connected to Ethernet via an adapter.
Actually, the Fire TV Stick 4K is a great option for you. The Google ecosystem is not of interest to you, and it's a particularly good option if you have devices like the echo in your home. The biggest downside is that the UI is sort of clunky and disorganized. It may not be as sleek as Chromecast, but it has all the same main features.
You also have the option to trade in an old Fire Stick (or other streaming device) for $ 20 off the new one, which is a nice little shop. We have more information here – and if you're curious about how the Fire Stick 4K compares to other Amazon streaming boxes, we have an overview that should help.
The Roku Premiere ($ 39.99)
Roku's new premiere costs $ 39.99, which is only $ 5 more than the new Chromecast. Yes, it has 4K. But it does not have an ethernet input so you'll need pretty good wifi if you're streaming 4K content.
The Roku Premiere is the cheapest device with 4K. If you just want to get a 4K streamer for as cheap as possible, it will work well. But if you can live without 4K, you might just want to get the Chromecast. It's a simpler device with a simpler interface, though Roku's extensive catalog of content can also be appealing.
The Roku Premiere + ($ 84.15)
The Premiere + is like the premiere, except it has an Ethernet port and a … microSD card slot. When you insert a microSD card into Premiere +, the extra memory is used to store more data. I'm not sure why you should add memory to a box that mainly scatters content but I was never too light. Anyway, unless you download a ton of apps down to the premiere + , you probably do not have to put a card in it.
If you 're tired of having your roommate or another Buffy The Vampire Slayer bang at 2:00 o'clock, maybe Premiere +' s "Night Listening Mode" fascinating. What is this "Night Listening Mode"? Well, the remote control of the Premiere + has a headphone jack and a pair of earbuds are included. You plug the purple earphones into the remote and the sound stops coming out of your TV, it just comes out of your earphones. Pretty snazzy
The Premiere + is more expensive than the Chromecast Ultra, but if you choose the Micro SD slot or the headphone jack, you can buy it. Otherwise, take a closer look at Chromecast Ultra – some would find it more practical than Roku devices.
Oh, and do not think that you can play media from an SD card because you cant do that. This is an important note – the SD card slot is strictly for enhanced app storage.
If you have decided on a Roku but are not sure which one is right for you, we have covered you there as well.
Respect the Chromecast, but think about your options
Here's the point, Chromecast is the simplest streaming device you can buy. You do not have to deal with a chunky surface or a proprietary remote – it's fast and convenient. It's great if you want to have a YouTube queue for a party, or if you want to create a music playlist while you're home alone. The Chromecast works great with Google Home and Google Assistant. There is also a guest login that securely stores your settings on the device. The Chromecast has been proven. Respect the Chromecast.
Let's say you're on the market for a cheap streaming device, but you're stuck between the $ 35 Chromecast, the $ 39.99 Roku Premier and the $ 49.99 Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K. There's a question to ask: Am I so obsessed with 4K right now? If you are obsessed with 4K right now, you should pocket the extra 5 to 10 Euros for the Roku Premier or the Fire Stick 4K. If you are not interested in 4K or your TV does not support 4K, you should seriously consider the Chromecast. You would only pay $ 35 for a device that is very fluid and reliable.
But what if your situation is a little more complicated? What if you've set up a Google ecosystem at home and you really want a 4K streaming device? The Chromecast works great with Google Home and Google Assistant. Imagine driving a 4K Chromecast stream with your latest Pixel or Chromebook. Well, you can either buy the Chromecast Ultra for $ 69 or wait for the price to drop. Maybe it's cheaper on Black Friday. Excuse me!
What if you're stuck between premium devices? In this case, Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K seems to have the best value . It offers everything that Chromecast Ultra and Roku Premier + can afford for $ 49.99 (just $ 10 more than the new Chromecast). Again, you can trade in an old streaming device (even if it does not work!) To get $ 20, which makes it incredibly cheap. It's also integrated with Alexa and can access Amazon Video, which is an advantage for all fans of Amazon.
You can now order the new Chromecast for $ 35 or pick it up at a store. If you notice the Chromecast Ultra, you can grab this thing for $ 69. The Fire Stick TV 4K is available for pre-order from Amazon and will be delivered on October 31 st . Roku Premier and Roku Premier + are also available on Amazon.