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Google Chromecast 3 (3rd Gen, 2018)

Google Chromecast 3 (3rd Gen, 2018)
alaScore 95

86 reviews

Dec, 2023

alaTest has collected and analyzed 86 reviews of Google Chromecast 3 (3rd Gen, 2018). The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the video and size. The design and usability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the remote control.

price, usability, design, size, video

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Google Chromecast 3 (3rd Gen, 2018) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Ryan Waniata (

Google Chromecast (3rd gen) review


The third-generation Chromecast is still a pretty decent little HD streamer, but HD is getting pretty long in the tooth. That said, the inclusion of Amazon Prime following the truce between Google and Amazon does make this a comprehensive way to stream...

Simple, intuitive HD streaming ; Slick new design ; Quick and easy setup ; Google Home app keeps improving

No 4K or HDR ; No magnet

Google’s new Chromecast is essentially just the old Chromecast with a new coat of paint. The higher framerate may be enjoyable for some in very specific situations such as live sports in 1080p resolution, but it’s no reason to trade in the older model....

Jul, 2019

Expert review by : Will Greenwald (

Google Chromecast (2018)


The new Google Chromecast media streamer is almost completely unchanged from its previous version. It's still functional and affordable, but without 4K it's much less appealing than the competition.

Inexpensive. Responsive. Lots of supported apps. Can mirror mobile device screens and display Chrome tabs.

1080p maximum resolution. No on-screen interface or remote.

Bottom Line: The new Google Chromecast media streamer is almost completely unchanged from its previous version. It's still functional and affordable, but without 4K it's much less appealing than the competition.

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Jared Newman (

Chromecast (2018) review: Google's revamped media streamer is what you make of it


The new Chromecast might not replace your Roku or Fire TV, but it is a nice supplement.

A solid speed upgrade for first-gen Chromecast owners ; Google Assistant enables powerful home automation ; Launching videos by phone can be faster than using a proper remote

No infrared control for TV volume or A/V gear ; The Google Home app is bad at aggregating and searching for content ; Pausing or adjusting volume by phone can be inconvenient at times

Chromecast’s phone-as-remote approach is both its greatest strength and its biggest weakness. It can be faster than a proper remote with TV-based menus, and it lets you look for other things to watch without disrupting playback on the big screen. With...

Expert review by : Corey Gaskin (

Google Chromecast Review (2018)


Offering a cheap, quick, and easy way to stream music and video to HDMI-enabled devices, the third-generation Google Chromecast enjoys three years of streamlining and built-up support for its functionalities and app integrations.

Fast, easy, well-supported way to stream from mobile devices to your TV ; Ability to include Chromecast in a speaker group facilitates easy multi-room audio ; Added support for 60fps 1080p videos ; Discounted bundles with Google Home Mini are...

No 4K support (4K only available in the older Chromecast Ultra for now) ; No Bluetooth support

Jan, 2019

Expert review by : David Imel David Imel (

Google Chromecast with Google TV review: Google's best streaming dongle


This is an affordable way to put nearly every streaming service in one place. This is our Chromecast with Google TV review.

Fantastic interface ; Google Assistant is wildly handy ; Combines nearly every streaming service into one ; Cute dedicated remote ; Affordable ; Also allows for standard casting

Only one user profile per Chromecast ; Volume/input controls don't work for all TVs ; No Stadia support ; Remote is very slippery

The Chromecast with Google TV is an affordable way to get nearly every streaming service in one place. Google TV will learn what you like and recommend content, and having the power of Google Assistant at an arm's reach makes this an incredible...

Feb, 2021

Expert review by : Abner Li (

Google Chromecast gets permanent price cut to $29.99


The visual modernization and slightly improved specifications of the 3rd-generation Chromecast did not even warrant stage time at Made by Google 2018. As such, it's appropriate that a price cut for the streaming dongle was also done without any fanfare...

Jun, 2020

Expert review by : Marshall Honorof (

Google Chromecast (3rd Generation) Review: Faster, But Not Better


The new Google Chromecast is fast and intuitive, but the attractive little dongle is behind the times.

, which will provide better picture quality for a longer period.

Nov, 2019

Expert review by : Chris Hall (

Google Chromecast with Google TV review: Welcome to the party, Google


With a new interface and a remote, Chromecast steps into a brave new world.

Great remote ; Google Assistant integration for great search ; 4K HDR support ; Dolby Atmos ; Great performance ; New UI makes life easier ; TV/Sound system control

Some services missing - no Apple TV+ or All 4 ; Recommendations need development ; Only supports one top level user account ; No Stadia support

It was previously hard to recommend getting a Chromecast for TV, but this product - thanks to its remote control and user interface - is a much more complete offering. There are some absences to services - Apple TV+ an obvious one - but the platform...

Oct, 2020

Expert review by : Chris Martin (

Google Chromecast (2018)


It's been three years but the new Google Chromecast for 2018 isn't very different, and in some ways it's worse. Read our review to find out why.

Nov, 2019

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Google Chromecast (2018) review


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

Bargain price ; Easy setup ; Good app selection ; Google Home integration

No remote ; No Amazon Prime Video app ; Voice control is limited

Google’s awesome little budget streamer just got (very slightly) better

Nov, 2018

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