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Google Chromecast 2 (2nd gen, 2015)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1815 reviews of Google Chromecast 2 (2nd gen, 2015). The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Media Centers for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and reliability. The price and size are also mentioned favorably.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Media Centers the Google Chromecast 2 (2nd gen, 2015) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Ryan Waniata (digitaltrends.com)

Chromecast (2015) review

 

Even if you're already committed to another streamer, the Chromecast's new app alone makes picking one up well worth the 35 bucks.

In the end, the new design features are a step up, but not enough to make us trade in our old Chromecast — especially considering all of our favorite new features work just fine on the old version. But for those who still haven’t checked out a...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Nicole Lee (engadget.com)

Google Chromecast review (2015): not much new, but still worth $35

 

The new Chromecast is only marginally improved over its predecessor, but its bargain-basement price of $35 still makes it the best deal in media streamers.

Inexpensive ; Compatible with most popular video streaming services ; Supports dual-band 802.11ac for faster and more reliable WiFi ; Improved app makes search and discovery easier

Still just 1080p ; Needs a separate device to act as a remote control ; Doesn't have native support for Amazon Instant Video

For just $35, you get a full-fledged media streamer that won't take up much space in your home entertainment center. It's simple to setup, and the new Chromecast app sweetens the deal even further with how easy it is to find new content. Sure it...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

Google Chromecast review (2015): Not much new, but still worth $35

 

For just $35, you get a full-fledged media streamer that won't take up much space in your home entertainment center. It's simple to setup, and the new Chromecast app sweetens the deal even further with how easy it is to find new content. Sure it...

Inexpensive ; Compatible with most popular video streaming services ; Supports dual-band 802.11ac for faster and more reliable WiFi ; Improved app makes search and discovery easier

Still just 1080p ; Needs a separate device to act as a remote control ; Doesn't have native support for Amazon Instant Video

In the end, the new Chromecast is really less of a 2.0 product and more of a 1.1. Yes, the new internals are improved and the support for dual-band 802.11ac makes it better for those who want a faster and more reliable signal. The new circular design...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: David Katzmaier (cnet.com)

Google Chromecast (2015) review

 

Without Chromecast, I never would have seen The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger.

The Google Chromecast is a dirt-cheap wireless video dongle that streams Netflix, YouTube, Spotify, Pandora, HBO Now and thousands of other apps and games to your TV using an Android or Apple phone or tablet, or a PC, as the controller. Its small size...

The lack of a dedicated remote means you always need a smartphone, tablet or PC nearby to use it. Slightly more expensive boxes and sticks, with their physical remotes, tactile buttons and onscreen displays, are more convenient to use. The only way to...

The innovative Chromecast might be the ultimate living-room accessory for your phone or tablet, but more traditional streaming devices deliver a better streaming experience.

Oct, 2015

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Expert review by: Will Greenwald (pcmag.com)

Google Chromecast (2015)

 

The new Google Chromecast doesn't make any big changes from the original media streamer, but it's a bit quicker and every bit as handy, for the same very reasonable $35.

Inexpensive. Easy to set up. Compatible with many apps and services. Responsive

No major new features over the original Chromecast. Requires a smartphone, tablet, or PC to control

Google wowed us with the Chromecast when it launched two years ago. At the time, the idea of a $35 device you could plug into your HDTV to watch streaming media was remarkable. It no longer seems as novel, with other inexpensive solutions on the...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Brent Rose (gizmodo.com)

Google Chromecast Review: Smaller, Faster, and Still Totally Worth It

 

Two years ago the Google god in the sky gave unto us a $35 dollar media-streaming dongle, and lo, it was good. Pretty good anyway, and it got better with software updates, but it still has lagging tendencies. Well, it's 2015 baby, so what's the new...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Joe Levi (pocketnow.com)

Google Chromecast and Chromecast Audio Review: the future is now

 

Google Chromecast and Chromecast Audio Review are now available. What's new, and should you buy one, or both?

Oct, 2015

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Expert review by: Philip Michaels (tomsguide.com)

Google Chromecast 2 Review: The Sequel Is Better Than the Original

 

With the promise of more engaging games and updated apps designed to load casts faster, it would seem that some of the Chromecast's appeal is in its potential. Nevertheless, the content-discovery features that are here are still worthwhile and are a...

Redesigned app makes it easier to find streaming content ; Improved Wi-Fi connectivity ; Support from a vast array of streaming apps ; Easy to set up and use

New design means device will dangle when plugged into an HDMI port ; Requires computer or mobile device

This simple-to-use streaming device has become more fully featured without adding complexity or a higher price. You'll still need a mobile device to control it, unlike Roku's stand-alone streaming stick, but we prefer the Chromecast overall.

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Eric Ferrari-Herrmann (androidpit.com)

Google Chromecast 2 review: does the new Chromecast deliver?

 

The original Chromecast is a nifty little device that let you wirelessly 'cast' what's on the screen of your smartphone, tablet or laptop to your monitor or TV. You simply connect the HDMI dongle to your TV and pair it with your portable device via a...

Reliable streaming ; Easy setup and operation ; Greatly improved app

No separate interface ; No 4K streaming

It’s no surprise that the original Chromecast has sold more than 20 million units. It’s cheap, inconspicuous, and easy to set up and use. Numerous streaming providers have expanded their apps to include a casting or mirroring feature to enable them to...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Sam Machkovech (arstechnica.com)

The 2015 Chromecast and Chromecast Audio: Small blips in the stream [Updated]

 

Tons of apps and functionality for $35, but are these devices worth a two-year wait?

Lest we forget, Android's Chromecast app has gotten a small update in the form of a "What's On" tab. This was introduced to the press as a TV Guide-style way to flip through new and popular content on the Chromecast-compatible apps on your device.

Oct, 2015