Google’s Chromecast is an easy way to stream video content to your TV. It simply plugs into your TV that allows easy access to multiple streaming services, from Netflix to YouTube. Also, if your internet speed is fast enough then you can stream your computer’s screen through chrome browser or from the Google Home app from your phone uninterrupted.
Its been five years since the release of Google’s first Chromecast. And over the period of almost half a decade, the technology has evolved and improved, which gave birth to two more siblings (Second generation Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra) to 1stgeneration Chromecast. In 2015, it topped the charts for most sold streaming devices with almost 42 million units in a sale. The main reason behind such impressive numbers is because of the Chromecast Ultra, which was announced the same year.
I’ve been using the Chromecast Ultra for almost a year and it has not failed to amaze me. It comes with features like HDR (Higher Dynamic Range), 4K streaming capability, ultrafast load times and an Ethernet option in case you want to use a wired network. There is one major downside, it doesn’t come cheap with a price tag of almost $70 which is almost twice compared to is previous sibling (2nd gen Chromecast).
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Pros of Chromecast Ultra
- Easy to set up.
- Cheaper compared to other streaming devices
- On the same Wi-Fi, you can control your Chromecast with any Android or iOS devices.
- No in-lock contract. Once you buy it you pay only for what you watch.
Cons of Chromecast Ultra
- The number of available apps for Chromecast is very low compared to the Apple TV.
- Slower-boot Times on 2ndgen Chromecast compared to its alternatives.
- Can’t record shows.
- No remote available. This can be frustrating when your phone is being charged in the other room.
If you have a 4K TV then its definitely worth the upgrade, if not then I strongly recommend you to get the 2ndgeneration Chromecast (price-$35) which works just as great as the Chromecast Ultra minus the 4K capabilities, faster load times and an Ethernet cable.
There are alternative options as well in case you don’t want to use Google’s devices: –
- Roku Streaming Stick
- Apple TV
- Amazon Fire TV Stick
For the money, even in 2019, the Chromecast Ultra is a good option and definitely worth the money. If you are looking for a device that can stream all kinds of media, you can’t go wrong with the Chromecast.
You can even get a lot of them for cheap nowadays. So, it’s a no-brainer.
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