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Google Chromecast Ultra

Google Chromecast Ultra
alaScore 98

169 reviews

Aug, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 169 reviews of Google Chromecast Ultra. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Media Centers for all reviews. Reviews about the price and design are overall positive. Some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, design, price


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Media Centers the Google Chromecast Ultra is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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Chromecast Ultra review: Better video quality comes at a cost


The Chromecast Ultra does exactly what it promises to do: reliably stream 4K HDR video to compatible TVs. But the marginal increase in quality, coupled with a dearth of 4K content, means the device is hardly a must-buy.

Simple setup and easy to use ; Excellent video quality ; 4K streaming works great over WiFi and Ethernet ; Compatible with most popular streaming services

Marginal video quality improvement over 1080p streaming devices ; Limited 4K content selection at launch ; Twice as expensive as the regular Chromecast ; No remote ; No Amazon Instant Video support

Google's original $35 Chromecast is so useful and so cheap that it was almost a no-brainer. At double the price, I can't quite say the same about the Chromecast Ultra. It works as promised, but the dearth of 4K content makes me hesitant to recommend...

Nov, 2016

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Expert review by: Ryan Waniata (

Google Chromecast Ultra review


Google's Chromecast Ultra is a slick and simple way to serve up tons of 4K Ultra HD content in glistening HDR.

Nov, 2016

Expert review by: Kevin Purcell (

Chromecast Ultra Review: Worth the Higher Price?


People who own a 4K TV will likely enjoy the 4K video available from apps like Netflix, some YouTube videos or others. However, they will need a nearby Ethernet port to connect.

Nov, 2016

Expert review by: By Jared Newman (

Chromecast Ultra review: 4K HDR streaming with no frills


Google's Chromecast Ultra quadruples the pixels for double the money, but it lacks the bells and whistles of other high-end steaming devices.

Google Cast technology fundamentally works well ; Low entry price for 4K HDR streaming ; Ethernet and speed boost are welcome improvements

Short on convenience features like private listening, captive portal, and consistent playback controls ; Google Home app needs streamlining and easier access to 4K content ; Lack of Amazon Video support hampers an already-limited 4K content selection

Google's premium Chromecast quadruples the pixels for double the money, but lacks the bells and whistles of other high-end steaming devices.

Nov, 2016

Expert review by: Marshall Honorof (

Google Chromecast Ultra Review: Low Price, Moderate Frustration


The Chromecast Ultra doesn't have as many apps as its competitors. The interface has some lingering flaws, and having to keep it plugged into the wall at all times is profoundly annoying, considering its dongle design. If you can look past that,...

Easy to use ; Inexpensive ; Beautiful 4K HDR streams

Fewer channels than competitors ; Lingering bugs ; Inelegant design

The Chromecast Ultra fits the bill if you want beautiful visuals at a low price, but nagging design and interface issues hold it back.

Nov, 2016

Expert review by: Nick Pino (

Chromecast Ultra review


Google's micro streamer makes the jump from 1080p to 4K HDR

Cheap, effective 4K, HDR streaming ; Built-in ethernet adapter ; Google Home integration

No native Amazon Video support ; No remote control ; It’d be easier to navigate with an interface

There’s almost no refuting it: Chromecast Ultra offers one of the best values for streaming video devices for 4K TV owners. There’s not as much benefit for the 1080p crowd, but if you’re looking for powerful, fast streaming in a device the size of a...

May, 2017

Expert review by: Jonathan Bray (

Chromecast Ultra review: Do you really need this streamer?


Cheap and beautifully easy to use, but currently the Chromecast Ultra is largely redundant

Reasonably priced ; Optional Ethernet connectivity

Must be plugged into the mains ; No support for Amazon Video

Couple that with a price that's more than double the Full HD Chromecast and it's no longer a purchase you can make without thinking. The £30 Chromecast 2 pulls that feat off magnificently, as does the Chromecast Audio, but the Ultra? I think I’ll pass...

Jan, 2017

Expert review by: What Hi-Fi? (

Google Chromecast Ultra review


There's a new 4K Chromecast in town, but the results are mixed...

4K HDR support ; Intuitive and easy to use ; Fast and stable streaming ; Plenty of content

Lacks Amazon Video app ; Lip-syncing issues ; Needs constant mains power ; Double the price of the standard one

Limited 4K apps and a high price make the Chromecast Ultra a difficult product to recommend

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Ced Yuen (

Chromecast Ultra


The first Chromecast was an important product for Google.

The latest Chromecast works a treat with 4K and HDR, but it’s a little pointless.

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: (

Google Chromecast Ultra review


A 4K streaming stick for people who don't really need one

Simple to set up ; Effortless 4K streaming ; Casting Chrome tabs to a TV is handy

Most TVs have in-built 4K streaming ; Missing Amazon Instant Video ; Expensive

As well as it works, 4K TV owners just don't need the Chromecast Ultra

Dec, 2016