Detailed Review of Chromecast with TV
The Chromecast with Google TV (2020) from Google is a breakthrough in personal home entertainment. The streaming gadget enhances a virtually flawless technology by improving something that was supposed to be perfect. Users have quick access to the majority of the big streaming providers, including Disney Plus, HBO Max, and even its competitor Amazon Prime Video’s streaming app.
Let’s dissect and take a look at all the aspects of the new Chromecast with TV and see if it is worth all the hype.
- Ovular design similar to the original.
- Works with the remote.
- Powered with TV or on the wall.
Google has been using a hockey-puck design for their Chromecast devices for the last few years now, and so it has maintained the same design with the Chromecast with Google TV. Users may connect the Chromecast to their TV using an HDMI 2.1 connection and power it from a wall outlet or a USB port on their TV. The device, unlike the Chromecast Ultra, lacks an Ethernet connector; therefore it can only connect through Wi-Fi. As per Google, a USB-C to Ethernet converter for the Chromecast with Google TV will be available for purchase to users separately, but one will not be included in the box.
On the plus side, this new-and-improved Chromecast does have a Bluetooth/IR remote control and this comes in the box. If a TV supports HDMI-CEC, users can use the Chromecast remote to not only adjust the volume of the TV, but can also turn off both the TV and the Chromecast after users are done watching. However, this is the first time a Google TV device, has a remote that comes along with a Google Assistant button.
- A Google account is necessary.
- Casting can be done with both iOS and Android Phones.
The new Chromecast caters to the Android audience, which is normally expected from a product with ‘Google TV’ in its name: users can login with their Google account on the device, and they then have access to Google Assistant, YouTube/YouTube TV, the Play Store, Google Photos, and Nest devices if they have them.
Surprisingly, this isn’t the first Android TV-based gadget in the market to use Google Assistant; Sony TVs have used it for years before Google stepped into the market. The Nvidia Shield uses Google assistant as well. When users login to their Google account, the device generates all the relevant and recommended content on the Chromecast’s main screen user interface. Finally, there is a decent built-in search feature that allows users to figure out how to stream shows or movies.
- Even with low bandwidth, streaming is seamless
- Supports 4K HDR, HDR10+ and Dolby Atmos.
Chromecast with Google TV operates brilliantly and matches with its competition. What has impressed users is that the hardware appears to operate both close to the router where the signal is strong, and far where the signal is poor. The device is capable of adjusting to the low bandwidth. Though that is not recommended if users are planning to watch 4K videos or movies. On that note, the device is able to stream in 1080p or 4K HDR with support in all formats such as HDR10+, Dolby Vision and audio. The quality of which is absolutely fantastic. The only significant limitation that has been noticed so far is that the device currently does not support Stadia.
If users are shopping for a low-cost, simple-to-use streaming device, the Chromecast with Google TV is an excellent option. It’s also an excellent choice if they’re interested in experimenting with 4K HDR streaming. If users have already spent a ton of money on a 4K TV, Chromecast with Google TV is a terrific way to reclaim part of the investment. Yes, users get more with Google TV than they do with the Chromecast.
|Size details||16.2 x 6.1 x 1.25cm|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802, Bluetooth|
|Resolution||Up to 4K HDR, 60fps|
|Video Format supported||Dolby Vision, HDR10 & HDR10+|
|Remote- Size||12.2 x 3.8 x 1.8cm|
|Remote – Weight||63g|
|Remote – Connectivity||IR to TV, soundbar. Bluetooth|
|Ports||HDMI to plug directly into the TV, USB-C type|