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Google Chromecast (1st gen, 2013)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16609 reviews of Google Chromecast (1st gen, 2013). The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Media Centers for all reviews. Opinions about the design and size are on the whole positive. The price and usability also get good feedback, whereas many are critical 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 4.0/5 for other Media Centers on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the size and design. The price and usability also get good reviews, 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

Feb, 2016

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. People are impressed by the size and design. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas 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 PlayerInstaOutlet Roku Apple TV and Google Chromecast Streaming Media Installation kit

Feb, 2016

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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: Will Greenwald (pcmag.com)

Google Chromecast

 

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

There are tons of ways to watch online content on your HDTV. Your media hub, your game console, your Blu-ray player—even your HDTV itself might be able to access YouTube and Netflix. The Google Chromecast is an alternative to all of the above. It's a...

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: Michael Gorman (engadget.com)

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

 

More InfoGoogle introduces Chromecast, a $35 HDMI streaming solution for televisionsGoogle Chromecast hands-onGoogle cancels free Netflix

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

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.

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: 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...

Chromecast is everything the Nexus Q should’ve been. As its spiritual successor, the Chromecast finally delivers on the promise of an accessory to the Google Play and Chrome ecosystem for the TV. Chromecast works, and it works well, the Netflix and...

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: 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

Expert review by: Bogdan Petrovan (androidauthority.com)

Chromecast refresh is coming, but don’t get excited just yet

 

Google is preparing to refresh its popular $35 HDMI dongle, though the modifications may all be under the hood.

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: Home Theater Blog (hometheaterblog.com)

Google Chromecast Mini-Review

 
Jan, 2014

Product Specifications

Configuration

1080p Upscaling: No
Display: No
DVB-T: No
Remote Control: No
USB Host: No
WLAN 802.11a Port: No
WLAN 802.11ac Port: No
WLAN 802.11b Port: Yes
WLAN 802.11g Port: Yes
WLAN 802.11i Port: No
WLAN 802.11n Port: Yes

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
DLNA certified: No
DVI Interface: No
Firewire: No
HDMI: Yes
Memory Card Slot: No
S-Video: No
USB: No
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