Congratulations to last months winner of the TW801 Tablet: rhubble61! For July we’re reviewing and giving away a Google Chromecast. Leave a comment for your chance to win.
The Google Chromecast is a media player from the Google. The device sports some very mediocre (and mostly not applicable) specs, and contains an HDMI video output, and a usb input for power. The reason the specs are mostly not applicable is because the device (by default) can only play videos, pictures, and audio that is streamed to it by a phone, computer, or tablet. Here’s a quick tutorial:
The Chromecast design is nothing ground shattering, it’s essentially a 2 inch dongle, that is intended to hide behind a TV when plugged into an HDMI port. The upside of this design of course is that it would be silly simple to throw in your travel bag should you want to plug it in to a hotel TV for some big screen Netflix viewing when away from home.
The Chromecast is an extremely simple device, and for the geekier of us, it maybe simple to a fault. The device has no real interface of it’s own, and therefore cannot be controlled by a universal remote. It’s is simply find something you want to watch on your phone, tablet, or PC, and throw it over to your Chromecast for viewing. I find this a bit cumbersome in the living room when compared to a Roku, or AppleTV which all have their own operating system and apps, and can be controlled via a decent universal remote, a remote of their own, or a cell phone. Where I do see a place for the chromecast is in a travel bag so you can watch your tablet on a hotel screen, or possibly in the bedroom, where you can throw some music or movie on to fall asleep to.
Overall, I’d give the Chromecast a 65% awesome rating and say while it may not work for everyone in all situations, there is enough of a use-case to drop $30-35 dollars on one. If you want to buy one, head over to Amazon. If you are feeling lucky and live in the USA, leave a comment below with a real email address, at the end of the month I will randomly select a winner to send a Chromecast absolutely free of charge.