Gadget Review: ChromeCast
In the past few weeks, we have discussed several different options for streaming movies and TV shows directly to your television. We discussed several different options and today we’ll be providing a review of one of those products – ChromeCast from Google.
But first, what is a streaming device and why would you want one?
A streaming device allows you to watch online content, like Netflix Instant or Amazon Prime movies directly on your television. This allows you to use your computer, phone or tablet as a remote and can save you the trouble of either watching the shows on your computer or having to get up off the couch to pause or rewind the video. Want to show your friends that hilarious cat video on YouTube using your phone? You can do that with a streaming device.
My Personal Experience:
I bought a Google ChromeCast after making the decision to “cut the cord” and get rid of my cable TV service. While I definitely enjoyed not receiving a bill every month, watching Netflix or TV shows online using my laptop got old pretty quickly. After all, I had a perfectly good television going to waste. Have you ever tried to watch a show with someone on your laptop? Not the most comfortable experience. How was I supposed to introduce my mother to Sherlock that way?
I read online about the Chromecast from Google and knew I had to give it a try. It’s the least expensive streaming device available and sounded like exactly what I needed.
Setting up the Chromecast was much easier than I expected. You plug it into an HDMI port on your television. It also requires power via USB, but most televisions these days have built in USB ports so that’s no problem.
Here’s a picture of what the Chromecast looks like when hooked into the television from TechnoBuffalo.