GOOGLE CHROME CAST
Planning to buy a T.V Today, Chances are you are looking for smart T.V. But you are on a budget, then the “Smart experience on budget smart T.V’s is very underwhelming”.To come over this obstacle you will need to invest in a streaming device. The Indian market dominating devices are google’s devices chrome cast and amazon fire stick. Both the devices are 1080p resolution supported. Amazon is launching 4k firestick in the coming days.
BUILD AND DESIGN
The third generation Chromecast retains the design of its predecessor. It has a circular design with the HDMI end sticking out. It is convenient enough to connect without hampering other devices. You may have connected to the back of your TV or entertainment center. It also has a micro USB port for power and one button that can be used to reset the Chromecast. The device comes with a plug to supply power to the Chromecast in the box. But if your TV has a USB port, you can power the Chromecast using that. The Chromecast was launched in two colors internationally, but it looks like only the black color is available in India.
The device has a matte finish instead of a glossy one found on the Chromecast 2. This is a nice change as the glossy finish on the Chromecast 2 was a fingerprint, scratch and dust magnet. The matte finish on the Chromecast 3 should help resist fingerprints and dust.
All-in-all, Google has retained the good build and design of the Chromecast 2 and changed the finish which is nice. One thing and this is probably me nit-picking, is that the back of the Chromecast 2. It is held by the HDMI end magnetically. The feature that is absent from the third-gen device.
HOW TO CONNECT IT?
Setting up the Chromecast is as simple as connecting the device to your TV, downloading the Google Home app on your smartphone and following the onscreen instructions. If you have been a Chromecast user since its inception, you would have seen how the streaming dongle has evolved. The app now shows your other compatible smart appliances that can be controlled via the Google Assistant as a part of the Google Home ecosystem. If you have multiple Chromecast dongles, smart lights, Google Home speakers, an Android TV and more, you can control it all from the comfort of the app and even your voice.
The Google Home App will also help you discover apps that have casting capabilities. You have the standard set of apps like Netflix, Hotstar, Facebook, Spuul, Eros Now, Hooq, Plex and many many more. The library of apps that support Chromecast has grown considerably. Sadly, there is no support for Amazon Prime Videos.
You can also control the device using your voice if you have the Google Home Speaker set up. You can say things like “OK Google, Play Stranger things on Netflix on the Living Room Chromecast” and it will do that.
FEATURE AND PERFORMANCE
Google Claims that the Chromecast 3 is 15 percent faster than its predecessor and honestly unless you have a keen eye you won’t notice this upgrade. In the time that I spent with it, the Chromecast 3 worked swiftly and fluidly, loading up and playing every piece of content I threw at it, be it a YouTube video, an episode of Modern Family on Hotstar or Castlevania Season 2 on Netflix. As a result, The Chromecast 3 supports 5GHz Wi-Fi enabling faster and smoother streaming.
There is only one problem. After prolonged use, sometimes my smartphone disconnected from the device requiring me to go back to the Home app and reconnect. This can be a problem if you are one that needs to take a phone call and want to pause what you are watching.
Standalone, the Chromecast 3 works just like its predecessor, so if you are thinking of upgrading from the Chromecast 2, then you can skip this generation. The Chromecast 3 doesn’t support 4K which is a bummer. The Chormecast 3 is 1080p only. The Chromecast Ultra is Google’s 4K streaming dongle and that isn’t available in India.
Another thing to consider is that the Fire TV stick comes with a remote control eliminating the hassle of using your phone as a remote control. As minimalistic as the Chromecast is, it needs to evolve to keep up with the Fire TV. If you want, you can check out our in-depth comparison between the 2. Put simply, the Fire TV has an easier to use UI and remote control. And as a result, it makes the whole setup easy to use.
|• PORTABILITY||• MISSING APPS|
|• NEW AGE REMOTE||• NO PHYSICAL REMOTE|
|• GROUP DEVICE||• LESS CONTROL, MORE DEVICE|
|• TAB CAST||• LATE INCEPTION|
|• INSANELY CHEAP|
MY PERSONAL REVIEWS
The chrome cast is a very impressive and very fabulous piece of technology. The third generation of Google’s streaming dongle now comes in a matte finish. The matte finish is nice as it will resist fingerprints. The devices also come with dual-band 802.11 ac Wi-Fi. It is priced at Rs.3,999 in India and is available on AMAZON and FLIPKART. Some things which it lacks are no personal listing options and 4K is also missing and GOOGLE hasn’t mentioned anything regarding this.