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Google Chromecast Ultra (2016)

Google Chromecast Ultra (2016)
alaScore 94

668 reviews

Sep, 2023

alaTest has collected and analyzed 668 reviews of Google Chromecast Ultra (2016). The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, 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 design. The reliability and size also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the remote control and price.

usability, size, reliability, design, video

price, remote control

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Google Chromecast Ultra (2016) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Ryan Waniata (

Google Chromecast Ultra review


The Chromecast Ultra may not look all that much different from its predecessors, but under the hood is the key to unlocking the 4K streaming buffet, including support for High Dynamic Range to unleash the rich contrast and expanded color gamut of...

Simple and affordable 4K streaming ; Widest HDR support available ; Intuitive interface and setup ; Dual-band Wi-Fi and Ethernet for strong connection

Cross-platform search still mediocre

Google’s Chromecast Ultra is a slick and simple way to serve up 4K Ultra HD content. The Ultra will likely be most beneficial to users with older or cheaper 4K TVs that don’t include many streaming apps, especially those without Google’s growing suite...

Jul, 2019

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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

Expert review by : Chris Welch (

Roku and Chromecast come with 4K now, but you don't need them yet


The built-in apps on most Ultra HD TVs are good enough for now

4K looks great ; Ethernet is an option if your Wi-Fi is bad ; Can mirror Chrome and your Android phone

No Amazon Video ; You’ve got to find the content yourself ; Should probably have an actual interface at this point

The built-in apps on most Ultra HD TVs are good enough — for now

Nov, 2016

Expert review by : Will Greenwald (

Google Chromecast Ultra


Google's 4K-capable Chromecast Ultra is the least expensive UHD media streamer available, but you still need a smartphone, tablet, or computer to control it.

Ethernet port for reliable 4K streaming. Relatively inexpensive for a 4K media streamer.

Requires a smartphone, tablet, or PC. Almost twice the price of the 1080p Chromecast.

Conclusions Google's Chromecast Ultra is the least expensive 4K media streamer currently available, and it has all the ease of use, reliability, and convenience of the original Chromecast. At nearly $70, however, it costs almost as much as the...

Nov, 2016

Expert review 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

I have a soft spot for Chromecast because the core Google Cast technology is so elegant. Launching a video from your phone or tablet has worked flawlessly from day one, and compared to , Google’s second-screen approach has fewer compromises. You can...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by : Marshall Honorof (

Google Chromecast Ultra Review: Low Price, Moderate Frustration


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

Easy to use ; Inexpensive ; Beautiful 4K HDR streams

Fewer channels than competitors ; Lingering bugs ; Inelegant design

While the Chromecast Ultra isn't perfect, and certainly not for everyone, it's a solid choice for videophiles who don't truck with Amazon, and who want top-notch performance for relatively little money. It's not as comprehensive as it could be, but...

Feb, 2021

Expert review by : Adrienne Maxwell (

Google Chromecast Ultra 4K Media Bridge Reviewed


Google's Chromecast technology has pretty much become ubiquitous since we reviewed the original media bridge back in 2013. Chromecast built-in is now a common inclusion in many smart TVs, soundbars, media players, and AV receivers. This begs the...

The Chromecast Ultra offers 4K and HDR streaming for only $69. Plus the Ultra supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision ; The Google Home app provides an integrated interface for more intuitive navigation--and it allows for voice control, if you own a...

The Amazon Video app is not Chromecast-compatible ; You can't power the Ultra through your TV's USB port, as you could with older models ; UHD/HDR compatibility varies depending on which source devices you use

The Chromecast Ultra 4K media bridge does what it's supposed to do, and it's easier to set up and has a more cohesive user experience than earlier generation Chromecast devices. The ability to add voice control via Google Home is a nice, new perk, as...

Aug, 2017

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 : Stephen Hall (

Hands-on with Google’s new 4K Chromecast Ultra [Video]


Google yesterday announced the 4K Chromecast Ultra, a beefed-up $69 version of its ever-popular Chromecast media streaming dongle. There isn't really much to say with this little guy. It supports 4K, HDR 10 and Dolby Vision, it's just a little bit...

Oct, 2016

Expert review by : Jared Newman (

Google Chromecast review: Second-screen simplicity


Chromecast is a thumb-sized media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV. Simply use an Android phone, tablet, iPhone, iPad, Mac or Windows laptop, or Chromebook to cast your favorite entertainment and apps right to the big screen....

Fast and easy phone- or tablet-based navigation ; Automatic TV controls are a brilliant touch ; Unbeatable price at $35 (frequently available for less on sale)

Unusable without a phone, tablet, or PC ; No universal search or on-screen menu system ; Chrome tab mirroring still doesn't work that well

Editor's note: This review supersedes our original Chromecast review. You'll find our previous opinion preserved here.

Jul, 2015

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