Google Chromecast review: A smarter option for Idiot Box

Google Chromecast review: A smarter option for Idiot Box

Rating

4.5 out of 5
Design
4 out of 5
Performance
4.5 out of 5
Viewing experience
4 out of 5
Interface
4.5 out of 5
Value for Money

Total

4.3
4.3 out of 5

Overview

  • Pros:

    Google Cast Ready apps
    Small-size design
    Wireless Wi-Fi connectivity
    HDMI CEC compatibility
    Supports almost all Google services
    Cross-platform support
    Affordability

  • Cons:

    Requires external power source
    Limited number of apps
    No 4K content support

  • Conclusion:

    Google Chromecast is a tiny little device which anyone can easily buy to transform an ordinary HDTV into a smart TV. Moreover, it perhaps the best media streaming device available to date to make television sets smarter.

Introduction

That era has passed when people bought television sets for just watching news or sports matches. With a swift reform in the world of technology, television sets started taking position as LCD and LED TVs and new resolutions emerged as HD, FHD and UHD. In this fast-moving scenario, there are quite a few people exist on our planet who are yet to be aware about the features of smart TVs and a few are also living in a segment of our society who do not want to spend much money on television sets just for their entertainment. For them, television is still an idiot box and is merely a source for passing their leisure time.

Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast

For all those people, Google brought its first-ever HDMI dongle which it called the Chromecast. The device had debut in the US in 2013, but it launched in India last month. We were among the first few testers who got the Chromecast in the country to test its capabilities which are making it as a device to make the idiot box smarter. So here begins our in-depth review on the Chromecast.

What’s in the Box

Google Chromecast is exclusively available in India through online marketplace Snapdeal with an affordable price tag of Rs. 2,999. This price tag is just a few bucks more than its original price of $35.

The retail box of the Chromecast has a dual-layer packaging under which there is an HDMI extender, AC charger and a card-style user manual. Google has partnered with Eros to offer Eros Now access with the Chromecast in India and a voucher code is available with every Chromecast unit. In addition, there is a bundled Airtel broadband offer to provide 60GB of free data for accessing Chromecast services.

Google Chromecast with in-box content

Google Chromecast with in-box content

The number of in-box content available along with the Chromecast are fair enough considering the usability of the device and are justifying its price.

Watch Google Chromecast unboxing video:

Its Design

The Chromecast features a small, thumb drive-sized design. At first sight, it seems like a USB dongle but there is a gold-plated HDMI port which makes it a connected device for television sets.

Google has used a black-colored plastic material for designing the Chromecast. The material is quite robust and gives a decent look and feel to the device. There is Google’s Chrome branding on the top of the Chromecast and a multi-color LED light is available at the side of that branding. There is a full-size HDMI port which can easily be plugged in to any HDTV or a large screen monitor which has an HDMI connector. Users can also use the bundled HDMI extender if they need it to plug in the device onto their screens.

Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast with gold-plated HDMI port

The left side of the Chromecast has a microUSB port to supply power through USB charger, or through a USB port available on the connected television set. Users need to separately purchase a USB data cable as it has not been included with the device.

Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast with a microUSB port and power button on left

The rear side has details about some certification and states that it is designed by Google.

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The overall design of the Chromecast is quite impressive. The device weighs 34 grams and has 12mm height, 72mm length and just 35mm width.

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