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Google Chromecast (1st gen, 2013)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 27604 reviews of Google Chromecast (1st gen, 2013). 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. Reviewers are impressed by the design and size. The price and usability are also appreciated. There are some less positive reviews about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Media Centers the Google Chromecast (1st gen, 2013) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Google Chromecast (1st gen, 2013)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 266 user reviews of Google Chromecast (1st gen, 2013) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Media Centers on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the size and design are overall positive. The price and usability are also appreciated, whereas opinions are divided on the reliability.

usability, price, design, size

82% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media PlayerGoogle Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player

Oct, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Google Chromecast (1st gen, 2013)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6541 user reviews of Google Chromecast (1st gen, 2013) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Media Centers on Amazon.com. Comments about the size and design are overall positive. The price and usability also get good views, but some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, price, design, size

reliability

79% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media PlayerGoogle Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player

Oct, 2017

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Will Greenwald (pcmag.com)

Google Chromecast Audio

 

With the simple, focused mission of making any speaker wireless, Google Chromecast Audio succeeds admirably and affordably.

Inexpensive. Easy to set up. Can make any speaker or sound system Wi-Fi enabled and part of a multi-room setup. Multiple speaker configurations supported. High-resolution (96KHz/24bit) audio now supported.

Only works with 3.5mm connections out of the box. No support for stereo pairs.

The Chromecast Audio takes everything that makes the Chromecast handy, strips away video, and makes it possible to connect nearly any speaker to your Wi-Fi network for wireless music streaming. Most speaker systems today integrate Bluetooth or some...

Dec, 2015

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Will Greenwald (pcmag.com)

Google Chromecast (2013)

 

The Google Chromecast is the least expensive way to access online services on your HDTV if you can't do so already, but better options are available now.

Extremely inexpensive. Smooth integration with supported apps. Easy to set up. Useful accessories. Supports multiple Chromecasts on the same network.

No local media playback. Chrome integration is limited.

Limitations and Conclusions Unlike Apple TV and AirPlay, Chromecast doesn't let you stream your locally stored media. Google Play Music gives an error message when you try to play music you loaded on your device and not through the Google Play store (I...

Apr, 2014

Expert review by: Nilay Patel (theverge.com)

Google Chromecast review

 

It's surprisingly difficult to put a web browser on TV. It's difficult for regular people — the best option is often just plugging in a laptop — and it's been ridiculously difficult for the tech...

Inexpensive and simple ; Supported apps work well ; Chrome tab casting is very useful

App support limited to Netflix, YouTube, and Google Play ; Tab casting video drops frames ; No central playback controls

Not much of an AirPlay competitor, but a great wireless display for Chrome

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

Google Chromecast review: can you make your dumb TV a smart one for just $35?

 

Chromecast is an easy way to stream internet video to your TV from almost any source. With a price of just $35 it's a bona fide steal.

Inexpensive ; Simple and easy to set up ; App implementation is slick and easy to use

Limited app support for now ; Chrome browser casting is a less-than-ideal UX and requires fairly new computer hardware to stream in HD

Until now, getting internet content on a television screen required plunking down a wad of cash for a smart TV or a home theater PC, or spending around a hundred dollars on hardware like a Roku, Apple TV. Chromecast brings the internet to your TV in a...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: Brian Klug (anandtech.com)

Google Chromecast Review - An Awesome $35 HDMI Dongle

 

So I have a confession to make – I didn't hate the Nexus Q. While I didn't necessarily love it and use it daily like a small minority of my peers did, I also didn't immediately declare the product an unmitigated disaster like the vast majority of...

For the price, the Chromecast is an amazing device that plays surprisingly well with the services it’s compatible with, and for everything else there’s always that browser tab streaming mode. I’d like to see more services added, but for now I’m totally...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: Vincent Nguyen (slashgear.com)

Google Chromecast Review

 

Google Chromecast was a surprise addition to the company's range of own-brand hardware, a $35 streaming stick that, wounds licked after the Google TV and Nexus Q fiascos, promises a cheap and simple way to get browser and streaming content on your...

Google TV stagnated. The Nexus Q was (sensibly) axed before it had a proper launch. With the Chromecast, though, it’s hard not to be swayed. Yes, only a few native apps have Cast options yet, but the Chromecast is just $35. True, the browser...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

Google Chromecast

 

Simple and cheap, Google's Chromecast looks like a compelling alternative to Apple TV and Roku's set-top boxes. For just $35, this stick attaches to your TV and lets you stream Netflix and YouTube and even your browser to the big screen, and control...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: Michael A. Prospero (laptopmag.com)

Google Chromecast Review

 

The Google Chromecast is a small HDMI stick that lets you stream Netflix, YouTube and other videos and music on your TV for just $35, but it could use more content partners.

Easy setup; Compact design; Works on multiple platforms; Good Netflix and YouTube streaming performance

Very few streaming sources; Tab casting offers pixelated video (for now)

The Google Chromecast is a small HDMI stick that lets you stream Netflix, YouTube and other videos and music on your TV for just $35, but it could use more content partners.

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: Matthew Moskovciak (cnet.com)

Google Chromecast review

 

After years of struggling to get traction with Google TV, Google finally found its living-room hit: the remarkably priced $35 Chromecast.

The Google Chromecast is a dirt-cheap wireless video dongle that streams Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, Google Music, Google Movies & TV, and HBO Go to your TV using Android or iOS tablets as remotes. Its small size hides neatly behind your TV and makes it...

The beta screen-mirroring feature won't work as well as you want it to, so you're largely limited to the supported apps. The lack of a dedicated remote also means you always need a smartphone or tablet nearby. And for $15 more, you can get a Roku box...

Google's $35 Chromecast stick is a cheap and easy way to add streaming video and music to your TV, but it still isn't as fully featured as similarly priced Roku boxes.

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: Brian K. (phonearena.com)

Google Chromecast Review

 

Google tried to get into the game with Google TV back in 2010. Then again with last year's Nexus Q. While those avenues has been all but a failure, Google is back with a newer, simpler and cheaper way to get content streamed from the Internet to your...

Dead simple setup and interface ; Great streaming quality with supported apps ; The price makes it an impulse buy you won’t regret

Limited content partners at launch ; Tab casting is not ready for primetime

At Google’s recent brunch everyone was anticipating the new Nexus 7 and Android 4.3, but Google surprised everybody with Chromecast. It arguably stole the show, and rightfully so. Nothing against Asus’s latest Nexus (it’s wonderful, and makes a great...

Aug, 2013