Tag Archive: Chromecast


Chromecast 2018 review: A slight refresh to an old favorite

Not much has changed in this 2018 refresh of Google’s old classic.

Chromecast may well be one of Google’s most important products in recent memory. Yeah, there’s Android. Yeah, there’s Chrome OS. But Chromecast — both the hardware, and the protocol that powers it — ushered in a new era of easy streaming. If you see it on your phone, there’s a good chance you can shoot it over to your TV with just a single tap. And unlike  [Read More…]

Google’s ‘Smart TV Kit’ leaks, includes Home Mini and 3rd-gen Chromecast

What? A leaked Google product?

Google’s big hardware event is nearly upon us, and leading up to this, we’ve already learned a lot about the Pixel 3, Pixelbook 2, and Home Hub. Now, we have eyes on a new “Smart TV Kit” that’ll bundle a Google Home Mini and 3rd-generation Chromecast.

You can actually purchase a similar bundle at Walmart that includes a Home Mini and current 2nd-gen Chromecast, but this new bundle comes with the 3rd-gen  [Read More…]

3rd-generation Google Chromecast purchased at Best Buy weeks early

For better or worse, the design is staying exactly the same.

It’s been a hot minute (read, 3 years) since Google updated the Chromecast, but a recent FCC filing made it seem a new model was coming. If a redditor who managed to buy one early is to be believed, not only do we have a good look at the new model, we also have a date for its public release — and a better idea of when the  [Read More…]

How to Chromecast footage from your Lenovo Mirage Solo

A Chromecast is on of the best accessories for your Mirage Solo.

Gaming in virtual reality has a giant draw: total isolation. With the headset covering your eyes and some big headphones cutting off any outside noise, you can be completely immersed in your game. This also means that no one else can watch you play your game, since you’re not going to squeeze another person into the headset while you’re wearing it. Fortunately, it’s really easy  [Read More…]

Revised Google Chromecast passes through FCC

The Google Chromecast is set to receive a hardware update soon. This new Chromecast is likely to look similar or identical to the old one, but inside it will feature a better WiFi antenna and Bluetooth support.

The new device went through the FCC with the model number NC2-6A5B. The antenna is modified with a 0.5mm trim on the PCB trace resulting in significantly better performance on 5GHz. It also has full Bluetooth support, despite the previous gen model having a Bluetooth  [Read More…]

Best Soundbars for Chromecast and Fire TV

All the way from super cheap to ludicrous.

TV’s are getting smarter and smarter, but audio is modernizing as well. It used to be that if you wanted great sound in your living room, you had to have an expensive receiver, thousands of dollars worth of satellite speakers, miles of speaker wire, and a professional installer.

But soundbars have come a long way in the last few years. While full-sized speakers will still sound better — sound  [Read More…]

5 years on, the Chromecast still has frustrating flaws that detract from the magic

We were caught off guard by how great the first Chromecast was — now, we expect more consistency from this streamer.

The original Google Chromecast was announced just over five years ago. Three generations and tens of millions of sales later, it’s hard to believe this idea originally blindsided us, accompanying the launch of the second-generation Nexus 7 tablet. The idea was ever-so-simple: use your phone to control a TV-based streaming device, but let the controls happen  [Read More…]

Best 4K TVs For Chromecast in 2018

Getting your 4K content on a TV is easy with a Chromecast, but which TV should you buy?

A television can be a major purchase, especially when you’re looking for one that can display in 4K HDR. The latest Chromecast Ultra can do exactly that, but you need a TV that supports it.

And you’ll be getting a lot of TV for the money as prices on mid-tier models drop and software like webOS and Android TV  [Read More…]

Best Ethernet Adapters for Chromecast or Fire TV Stick

Hardwired internet for your favorite streaming stick.

Streaming sticks have gotten extremely popular in the last few years. For well below $ 100, you can add streaming support to any TV, smart or otherwise, and start watching your favorite shows, movies, and videos on sites like Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube.

Two of the most popular streaming stick options are the Google Chromecast and the Amazon Fire TV Stick, both of which are priced around $ 40 or  [Read More…]

Chromecast upgrades its ambient mode

One of the best things to watch when you’re not watching video just got even better.

When it comes to using your TV as a bit of an art piece, Chromecast is right up there — especially when it comes to customization. And now it’s got a new ambient mode that allows for even more options, and more control — and an even better experience. Here’s what’s up:

Within the Google Home app (you’ll need the most recent update  [Read More…]