Google Chromecast (2018) review

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  • Google Chromecast (2018)
  • Google Chromecast (2018)

Specs / Features


Specification

Brand Google
Release date 9-October-2018
Size 5.2 x 1.4 x 5.2 cm (2 x 0.6 x 2 in)
Weight 40 grams
(1.41 ounces)

Critic Reviews


TechHive

Might not replace your Roku or Fire TV, but it can be a nice supplement to those devices

from TechHive

If you’re into the idea of Chromecast, the third-generation model can be a useful addition to your living room, especially if you’re still using the original. But if you’ve been clinging to a traditional remote, the new Chromecast does not prove that you’re doing TV wrong.

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If you’re into the idea of Chromecast, the third-generation model can be a useful addition to your living room, especially if you’re still using the original. But if you’ve been clinging to a traditional remote, the new Chromecast does not prove that you’re doing TV wrong.

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Deccan Chronicle

The same old with a better new

from Deccan Chronicle

The new Chromecast 3 is not a revolutionary device upgrade. However, it can be a great investment for those who want to smarten their existing boring idiot boxes. The addition of 1080p@60fps, 5GHz wireless band, multi-room speaker setup and Assistant voice control is a welcome upgrade, but the la...More

The new Chromecast 3 is not a revolutionary device upgrade. However, it can be a great investment for those who want to smarten their existing boring idiot boxes. The addition of 1080p@60fps, 5GHz wireless band, multi-room speaker setup and Assistant voice control is a welcome upgrade, but the lack of Amazon Prime Video, which is one of the hottest OTT platforms in India, is a bummer.

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Stuff

Google’s tiny TV streamer gets a tiny but appreciated upgrade

from Stuff

The Chromecast is an incredibly neat little gadget that allows you to watch almost all of your favourite steaming and catch-up services. It’s incredibly simple to use, clutter-free and comes with a bargain price tag

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The Chromecast is an incredibly neat little gadget that allows you to watch almost all of your favourite steaming and catch-up services. It’s incredibly simple to use, clutter-free and comes with a bargain price tag

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Mashable

Same as the old Chromecast

from Mashable

The latest Google Chromecast is still a good buy for anyone looking for a simple, affordable streaming option, but if you already have a second-gen model, you should pass.

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The latest Google Chromecast is still a good buy for anyone looking for a simple, affordable streaming option, but if you already have a second-gen model, you should pass.

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What Hi-Fi

Google’s little disc-shaped streamer gets a mild refresh

The Chromecast is a great product that’s clever on the engineering side but simple to use. Some might not like the lack of a physical remote, but that’s part and parcel of the Chromecast experience – and there are lots of options out there. The new Chromecast does little that the previous m...More

The Chromecast is a great product that’s clever on the engineering side but simple to use. Some might not like the lack of a physical remote, but that’s part and parcel of the Chromecast experience – and there are lots of options out there. The new Chromecast does little that the previous model didn’t, so there’s no need to upgrade if you’ve already got one. But if you’re looking to make an older, dumb TV smart in a cost effective and innovative way, the new Chromecast is extremely easy to recommend.

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Cnet

Hasn't done enough to stave off the competition

from Cnet

If anything it still feels like an ancillary gadget -- it shouldn't be your main streamer, unless by necessity. Asking Google to play video doesn't work as smoothly as when requesting music, so this isn't the product we'd recommend to people buying their first streamer specifically for voice control. 

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If anything it still feels like an ancillary gadget -- it shouldn't be your main streamer, unless by necessity. Asking Google to play video doesn't work as smoothly as when requesting music, so this isn't the product we'd recommend to people buying their first streamer specifically for voice control. 

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Android Central

A slight refresh to an old favorite

from Android Central

Should you buy this new Chromecast? Sure. Just know its limitations — 1080p video versus 4K, and — and you'll get along just fine. If you need something with more of a traditional user interface and remote control, you'll need to look elsewhere.

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Should you buy this new Chromecast? Sure. Just know its limitations — 1080p video versus 4K, and — and you'll get along just fine. If you need something with more of a traditional user interface and remote control, you'll need to look elsewhere.

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The Verge

Little in the way of new features

from The Verge

The 2018 Chromecast has an improved design and slightly better hardware capabilities than the three-year-old device it replaces. It’ll let you stream content from countless apps. And at $35, it remains an impulse buy. But there’s no one great feature that’s worth the upgrade.

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The 2018 Chromecast has an improved design and slightly better hardware capabilities than the three-year-old device it replaces. It’ll let you stream content from countless apps. And at $35, it remains an impulse buy. But there’s no one great feature that’s worth the upgrade.

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Tom's Guide

Faster, but not better

from Tom's Guide

The new Chromecast is a divisive streaming gadget. It's easy to like it for the intuitive interface and wide variety of content, and the speed improvement is noticeable. However, the new Chromecast doesn't innovate in any real way, and it's missing the Amazon Prime Video app (even though there's a work-around).

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The new Chromecast is a divisive streaming gadget. It's easy to like it for the intuitive interface and wide variety of content, and the speed improvement is noticeable. However, the new Chromecast doesn't innovate in any real way, and it's missing the Amazon Prime Video app (even though there's a work-around).

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Expert Reviews

Still one of the best ways to make your TV smart

from Expert Reviews

Along with its inconspicuous design and a huge range of supported apps, what’s most appealing about the Chromecast is its integration with Google Home. The technology is still in its infancy, but being able to control your TV with your voice alone is what separates it from many of its similarly priced rivals.

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Along with its inconspicuous design and a huge range of supported apps, what’s most appealing about the Chromecast is its integration with Google Home. The technology is still in its infancy, but being able to control your TV with your voice alone is what separates it from many of its similarly priced rivals.

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