Nowadays, smart TVs are almost everywhere, as more and more people prefer them over classic models, since they constantly connected to the Internet, allowing you to enjoy content from a lot of sources,. Still, what happens if you don’t have a smart TV, but still want to stream content, without using any HDMI cables? You get the new Google Chromecast 2015, of course!
Last year’s original Chromecast was one of the best investments in tech you could make, so it was pretty hard for Google to improve it. Still, they managed to do a great job, improving it from two points of view: software and design.
If the latter is totally different, the device featuring a new form factor which makes it easier to use it if your TV is mounted on a wall, for example, and the HDMI port was pretty hard to access if the Google Chromecast 2015 had the same design as last year’s model. Thanks to the 4-inch flexible cable, another new feature, attached to the device, you can plug it in and let it hang free, without any issues.
It also has a magnet inside, keeping the device and the cable together, for those moments when you’re traveling and you want to take the Chromecast with you. Otherwise, you won’t use the magnetic system, since most of the time it will stay plugged in your TV.
After putting the Google Chromecast 2015 into your TV’s HDMI port, you also need to power it. This can be done in two ways, using the power adapter or connect it to the USB port on the TV. Once your done with this proceed with setting it up, by installing the Chromecast on your phone or tablet. In a few minutes, you will be able to stream content from your phone, tablet or PC, since this is basically what this device is for.
As mentioned above, the other big improvement Google made was the software. It now works with 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks, therefore it suffers from less interference than 2.4 GHz networks. This results in better streaming quality.
As for actually streaming content from YouTube or Netflix, for example, you have two options: either from your mobile device, by tapping the ‘cast’ icon within the app, or directly from Chrome, clicking on the same app, after you have installed the Chromecast browser extension.
Other apps supported by the Google Chromecast 2015 are Hulu, Spotify, Crackle or HBO Go, so investing in this little device is definitely a good decision.
Speaking about investments, it’s available for just $35, in three various colors, Lime, Coral or Black, if the latter really matters. Even though it doesn’t come with a dedicated remote, like similar devices, its price makes it the ultimate living-room accessory and you should at least give it a try.