Chromecast review

Google officially launched the Chromecast in Australia in May this year. Now that the device has been out for a few months, we’ve got our hands on one to review.

Firstly, what is it?

The Chromecast is a small ‘dongle’ which plugs into your TV’s HDMI port, but will also require either a wall or a USB slot for power. The device enables you to simply stream content from your smartphone, computer or tablet to your television.

What can it do?

The Chromecast can stream anything as long as the company, such as YouTube has enabled support for the device. At the moment the device allows you to stream content from YouTube, Foxtel’s Presto, Pandora, Google Play’s Music, TV and Movies and more. An app called Plex also allows you to stream any videos or music which you have to the device, but it’ll take a little time to set up. If you’re using a computer, you can stream anything on the internet using Google’s Chrome web browser.

What can’t it do?

At the moment some big companies are yet to add support in Australia, but many are in the process of doing so, ABC iView is working on compatibility for the device right now. The device is also missing some features which would be nice, such as support for wired internet, and a dedicated remote, but at the affordable price of $49 it’s hard to be all that disappointed.

Should you buy one?

If you use the Google Play store to purchase music, movies or TV shows, and spend a lot of time on YouTube, this could be perfect for you. But if you’re looking for support from different content providers, I’d recommend checking to see if they currently support Chromecast, or plan to in the future.

Where to buy?

The Chromecast is available from the Google Play store, JB Hi-Fi or Dick Smith for $49.

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