Radios

Google Chromecast

Price (RRP) £30.00

Chromecast is a ‘middle man’ device that allows users to stream content from several other devices such as phones, tablets, PCs and laptops directly to a television.

The media streaming device (known as a puck), works by directly plugging into an HDMI port on a TV. This allows viewers to stream their favourite TV shows, music, movies and sports from iPhone, iPad, Android phone/tablet, Mac and Windows laptops and Google’s own Chromebook.

This device effectively lets users use their phones and tablets like a TV remote, sending a signal to the puck, which is then broadcast, or ‘cast’ directly to the big screen.

While streaming is underway, users can carry about their business on their respective devices without draining battery or interrupting the stream.

With Chromecast, users can access over 200,000 TV shows and movies, 30 million songs, radio, sport and games via third party apps such as Netflix, NOW TV, Spotify and Google Play.

This means that while there’s free content on Chromecast, users can opt to use paid and subscription services too via apps.

Media is not isolated to just the moving image, however. Users can cast their desktops, internet browser and photos directly to the TV screen, effectively using it as a ‘mirror’ of their chosen casting device’s screen. This makes Chromecast TV a viable option for those not only wanting to stream from services like Netflix, but also have the option of casting content live from their devices.

Simple setup

All that is required on the user’s part is a TV with an HDMI port, a Wi-Fi network and a compatible computer or mobile device.

The sleek puck itself comes in black universally and in lemon and coral from Google’s exclusive store.

Packed with nothing more than a power cable, power adapter and the puck itself, Chromecast is a light and slightly pricier option for those on the move; a unique and reliable device for delivering presentations at meetings during the day, and an attractive alternative to hotel TV viewing in the evening.

Chromecast has a helpful guide online showing users how to cast from several devices, as well as customise their experience.

Due to the functionality and purpose of Chromecast Ultra, it does not need nor provide a remote control, but does stream at 802.11ac over Wi-Fi and broadcast up to 1080p with 5.1 surround sound – a convenient, quality device that provides a range of features and caters for those at home and on the move.

Google Chromecast
Google Chromecast

Verdict: Google's Chromecast does away with yet another remote control and puts searching and streaming for content inside your smartphone, tablet, laptop and desktop. Shows from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 can be cast on the latest generation of the device.

Features

  • Wireless
  • Resolution up to 1080p HD