Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Review

Chromcast is a small little device that you can stream your TV shows or movies. Google Chromecast HDMI streaming media player is quite sophisticated for its size and power. This particular streaming device is not for everyone. If you don’t have an HDMI port on your TV, this device may not be for you unless you stream on your computer or tablet.

There are some things that you should consider before purchasing Chromecast. I don’t want to scare anyone away because this one might be the one for you. All streaming devices has their good sides and bad sides, but we are talking about Chromecast here and I want to go over some of the good sides and bad sides regarding this streaming device.

Who Is It For?

Chromecast is not for everyone. Unlike Roku devices, you do need a newer TV model to use this device. You also need a tablet or smartphone to use as your remote. If you don’t own either then you may want to look into a Roku device.

If you do have newer model TV and a Tablet or Smartphone this may be the one you want. Chromecast looks like one of those drives and is very mobile. You can take it with you room to room and is quite inexpensive.

I suggest saving the box because it may come in handy when you want to take it with you. I’ve lost so many of those drives because they are so small. This is why I suggest keeping that box. It also may protect it from dust that may get your device.

What’s In The Box?

  • Chromecast of course
  • HDMI extender cord
  • USB Power Cable
  • Power Adapter

The HDMI extender is for when you have a tight squeeze or it doesn’t fit in the back or side of your TV. The extender allows you more room, so you can make it fit.

USB power cord you can use if your TV has USB plug on your TV. If you don’t have a USB on your TV you can use the power cable and the power adapter to plug into your wall.

What Apps Work

Most of your standard streaming apps work with Chromecast and it’s growing.

  • NetFlix
  • HuluPlus
  • YouTube
  • Pandora
  • HBO Go
  • MLB.TV
  • Crackle
  • Vivo
  • And More

What Type Of Devices You Need

Chromecast doesn’t come with a remote. I know this could be a bummer for those of you who like using a remote. On a good note, you can use your gadgets as a remote. It’s a bit getting use to, but many of us already have our phones or tablets in our hands like its crack.

Okay, I know I used the word crack, but come on, some of us can not spend at least 10 minutes without touching our mobile devices. If that’s you, then I’m sure it will work even better than your remote.  I think we all spend more time looking for that darn remotes control than our mobile devices.

  • Android Tablet or Smartphone
  • I phone
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Chromebooks

You also Need WiFi and High-speed internet. When you set your Chromecast, you will need to set it to the same WiFi connection as your phone or tablet. It will not work if you’re using two different WiFi such as your smartphone internet connection. You will have to change your phone to the WiFi you have in your home.

The Good And The Bad

Pros

  • Easy to set up
  • Easy to use
  • Inexpensive
  • Comes with all the cables
  • Mobile

Cons

  • No Remote
  • Doesn’t work on older TV’s

Conclusion

Chromecast is a great way to stream your shows. It’s lightweight and easy to set up. Most people who use Chromecast love it. Usually, the only con they say is that it doesn’t make their coffee.

If you have a smartphone, tablet, and high-speed internet, this may be the one for you. The way technology is moving most of us pretty much have all these things.

I have to say for the price and what it comes with, this streaming device may be the one. It’s a great little device that works well.

If you have any questions or comments about Chromecast, please feel free to leave a comment.

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