13Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast

13Google Chromecast
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192 reviews

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192 reviews
noodles36
noodles36Victoria, 318311 posts
  2nd Generation

Biggest pile of crap

Continually disappears from being available to cast from my mobile phone. I continually reboot and have requested customer help on many occasions and it never fixes. When I want to cast I never can and this product is a pile of crap.
Nats
NatsPerth, WA2 posts
  3rd Generation

The best $40 I've spent

This is the easiest, most user friendly, cheapest way to make a TV a smart TV. Just plug it in and off you go. Have been using mine for well over 12 months now and can't fault it. I use it for Stan, Netflix, ABC iview, SBS on demand - you name it. Its hands down the best valued item in my house!! Show details
Annicka
AnnickaMetropolitan Adelaide, SA3 posts
  3rd Generation

So useful!

We have been watching Netflix, Stan and catch up tv via our PlayStation until recently. The chromecast makes it so much easier and quicker to use these functions and we can all connect to it easily using the google home app. Show details
Margy M.
Margy M.
  Chromecast

Don’t waste your money

Work well initially but now terrible! unable to watch anything at work or home! Wasted hours trying to login in either network! Crap, crap and more crap
Time to buy a SmartTV Show details
jen
jenSydney, NSW3 posts
  2nd Generation

sothey sell products that last as long as their warranties ....good to know ...will look for something different know

not longer works just after warranty expired will look for an alternative. very disappointed. supposed they are made in china. cant think of ten more words four to go one Show details
Alasdair36
Alasdair36South West, WA13 posts
  3rd Generation

Absolute rubbish

I could look at photos on my camera, but trying to watch a film via my phone or laptop was useless. Dropped out, lost sound. Lost Picture. Will take back to JB hifi and ask for money back. Show details
OCTO
OCTO2 posts
  3rd Generation
JiveKiwi
JiveKiwi
  3rd Generation

Avoid this product

Will not hook up straight through Windows 10 and it was a nightmare trying to find out why (they disabled support in January apparently) Disconnects every time it's paused or a video finishes then it's another rigmarole to find out why, Is it the phone, the PC or the Chromecast this time? Won't cast the desktop even though I have a good nearly new Toshiba. Wish I had bought a Media box instead and saved all this hassle. Show details
Andi
AndiMetropolitan Adelaide, SA
  3rd Generation

Useless - A waste of money and time

Samsung Galaxy S9+ will not cast, despite being connected to Chromecast. No issues with Samsung S2 Tab. Both use the same internet source. Rebooted everything several times. Reset Chromecast to factory settings several times. Samsung and Google customer support was useless, neither will take ownership of the problem. I think I might go Apple unless anyone can resolve this issue. I would be totally screwed if I had set my home up with everything linked to Google Show details
Disappointed
DisappointedPerth, WA2 posts
  3rd Generation

Total rubbish

Bought 1 in May. Followed all instructions several times. No luck. Returned it and got a replacement. Same story. Returned it today. 3 staff at JB HiFi couldn't get it to work either. If I had read the reviews first wouldn't have wasted my time or money. Show details
BobG
BobGBendigo3 posts
  3rd Generation

After hours of trying everything this will not connect to my Telstra modem

I have set these types of thing up before. Chromecast Ultra is rubbish, too difficult to get set up. My ROKU was a dream by comparison. Chromecast goes back to JB-HI tomorrow for my money back. Do not buy one. Show details
Andrew S.
Andrew S.2 posts
  Chromecast

Waste of money falsely advertised

Unable to support hotspot so waste of time buying it
Was told very simple to mirror iphone on android tv
Spent 2 lots of time with call centre
First time was frustrating
Organized what was required
Rang back 2 days later and told this platform could not support my phones hot spot and I needed 2 phone to run it even then it would not work
What a waste of time and money Show details
Adam A.
Adam A.4 posts
  Fair Incentive 2nd Generation

Time Saver

The ability to cast a video from youtube or have photos displayed on the TV has never been easier. I can tap a button and have the video be almost immediately streamed onto the TV from YouTube, or Netflix or Stan. It can play music form my selected device. It works even smoother if accompanied by a Google Assistant device such as Google Home Mini Show details
Alan
Alan
  3rd Generation

A Load Of Rubbish

I Followed the instructions, which are very simple........but it does not work. Just wasted hours on this.
So I am going back to my old method. Download video to USB Stick. Plug in to T.V. .....watch and enjoy. Show details
Jeffrey
JeffreySouth East Queensland, QLD12 posts
  3rd Generation
Penny
Penny2 posts
  2nd Generation

When (If) it works its great

Its a great concept but the execution is the worst as the product barely works, on top of this I went to a support page for a issue I was having (orange flashing light, blank screen) and it simply stated that yes the product had this issue with no suggestions for fixing it or what may have caused it. It drops out every 15min or so when actually casting and I constantly have to monitor where im up to as it doesn't go back to the same time in the program. A HDMI cord for your laptop is a far better alternative and if an alternative product for casting from my phone exists I'm about to go find it and purchase it. Show details
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Vince
VinceSydney, NSW4 posts
  3rd Generation

What was Google thinking?

Managed to connect it to my android phone without a problem. Wasted hours trying to connect it to my Windows laptop. Why are there not even any reliable instructions for this? Surely I'm not alone in trying to connect a Windows laptop? Utterly terrible. Show details
Lukie
LukieLiverpool4 posts
  Verified 1st Generation

Great product with further opportunity

when the GEN 1 came out t was a must have, it offer the opprotunity to make any TV with HDMI to become a smart TV. This at the time saved Hundreds $ $ $ $, of the cost of purchasing a dedicated smart TV. In the way of limitations it would be great if it could be used with out the need of a network.

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NGL
NGLGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC11 posts
  2nd Generation

Never works, sub standard compared to Apple tv

I went from an Apple TV, no problems, worked well, to this product that hardly ever connects to me devices. Glitched, that require me everyday to reset the item. The worst desicion I have made, in particular when mirroring. Google company should be ashamed of themselves to have a device that works at low standard. Please do your self a favour and don't buy this product, it's no good.

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SimonDigby
SimonDigbyWestern Australia4 posts
  Verified 3rd Generation

if you love stuffing around with glitchy tech, this is for you

Hopeless device. Never connects when you want it to. Have to erase and start again multiple times. Freezes at the most annoying moments (to be fair, this is its one skill). We had such high hopes for this thing. Like, it would work, for one. Waste of time and money.

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Anna
AnnaDarwin12 posts
  Verified 3rd Generation

Ok

You would think a product as simple as chromecast wouldnt have any problems

It drops out, and /or doesn't always connect for no apparent reason.

I find I have to go to my Google home app to manually find it and connect it because when I hit the connect icon it says its streaming but it isn't.

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KylieJene
KylieJeneSouth East Queensland, QLD10 posts
  3rd Generation

So good we bought a second one!

We have an Apple TV, and a Chromecast but hubby has a Samsung phone and was only using Chromecast. So we bought a second Chromecast. Both are great devices. Only problems is sometimes can’t skip advertisements, whilst casting. Can be powered by usb. If you don’t have outlets free, your tv’s USB ports can power the Chromecast.

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thinkOfaNumber
thinkOfaNumberDarwin
  Verified 3rd Generation
Kat
KatMelbourne11 posts
  3rd Generation

Best purchase

Got a chromecast so that I could stream Hayu (reality tv) on my television and it has been fantastic. It’s actually really convenient selecting a program on my phone - all I do is hit a button and it turns on my tv and streams what i want to watch. Love it

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Alan
Alan4 posts
  3rd Generation

What an unsafe, terrible product

1. Would not install from a PC.

2. Interferes with aerial signal.

3. Unit gets so hot,nearly too hot to touch, its a fire hazard.

I spent 3 hours trying to get it to work and finally gave up. The instructions on the setup program are hopeless. I will be taking it back for a refund.

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Dissapointed
DissapointedCleveland
  2nd Generation
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Samk
  3rd Generation
Dave w.
Dave w.
  2nd Generation

crap

Chromemast device and Google Home (which I use to cast from my Galaxy S9) work together less than 50% of the time. Nothing more frustrating than tech that only works 'sometimes'. I just threw my Chromecast in the trash and uninstalled Google Home. What a waste of $$$ and time.

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Hans
HansGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC6 posts
  Verified 3rd Generation

Can't live without it!

I have just updated my 1st Generation Chromecast with a 3rd Generation model. I am glad I did. It works faster with no buffering. I generally cast from my iPad using the many free-to-air streaming apps and Nextflix. I cast movies from my PC using the Videostream app. The Chromecast has extended my viewing pleasure, and I can catch-up with all my regular programs. Works much better than the catch-up apps that come with my Sony smart TV

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Monique
MoniqueSunshine Coast7 posts
  2nd Generation

Great purchase!

I can’t believe I didn’t buy it sooner! It makes streaming online soooo much easier to view on your tv. No time for HDMI cables anymore, much easier to stream with the google chrome cast. Love this product!

If you’re thinking of buying it, I completely recommend. Very simple to install and use right away!

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QLDZDR
QLDZDRBrisbane537 posts
  3rd Generation
QLDZDR
QLDZDRBrisbane537 posts
  2nd Generation
Katy
KatySydney7 posts
  2nd Generation

Love it!

Was tempted by AppleTV but kept getting suggestions of Chromecast and haven’t regretted it. Works with all our devices, and can be compatible with non Chrome usage with correct tech support. Much much cheaper and works brilliantly, allowing casting of what you choose rather than mirroring of whole screens so the casting device can still be multifunctional. Great buy!

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Moh
MohMelbourne7 posts
  Verified 2nd Generation

Unleash the potential - Make your TV smart

Complement my TV, which has very limited capabilities, it is semi smart, but with the chromcast I was able to stream from my phone to the TV, mirror my phone, have my personal photos as screensaver, very useful.

Hardy any problems, may once or twice stalled and needed reset, other than that it is very practical

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customer
customerSydney, NSW7 posts
  2nd Generation

Almost AI

there are so many things connected to the TV, and this is the only one that connected without any trouble or hard reading into the manual. we cast Stan and video from mobile phones.

just in a few times it had error in the connection and have to recast again.

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SYDHarry
SYDHarrySydney, NSW42 posts
  Verified 2nd Generation

The best product from Google

Two things I liked about Chromecast are price and easy set up. Price of Chromecast is very cheap. Anyone can simply set it up with HDMI enabled TV.

Acceding to my experience, Chromecast's WiFi connectivity and reliable are far better than the latest TVs' WiFi connectivity and reliable.

To stream 4K videos, use the Chromecast Ultra,

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Thomas
ThomasSunshine Coast7 posts
  2nd Generation

Chromecast to TV

Chromecast for the IT novice

Easy connection and set up for anyone to do

Can connect to any TV

Minimal spend

Perfect choice especially when on holidays the Chromecast can go with you

Very happy

Well worth the outlay

A great investment

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Don
DonPerth, WA4 posts
  2nd Generation

Buy Apple TV

One of the worst consumer products I've experienced. Bottom line is spend extra money and buy an Apple TV. Apart from the obvious trouble of accessing your phone to pause what you are watching. You are lucky if you can pause or do anything with your phone. Because the chormecast connection is very finicky. If you were lucky to stumble upon a moment when the device is showing on your phone/computer and start streaming. When you want to pause it it simply dissapears from your device. Now you can't pause or do anything with it. It is garbage. I am a very tech savvy person, I have tried everything. To get it working but still it is garbage....The simple truth is..

SPEND THE EXTRA MONEY!

BUY APPLE TV!

BUY APPLE TV!

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billie
billiePerth7 posts
  2nd Generation

Excellent

If you haven't got a smart Tv (and as long it has a HDMI option and you have wifi) defiantly look into google chromecast .

Super easy to set up and very easy to use, your phone is the remote. Fantastic for Netflix and YouTube ect loads fast and clear picture. Only costs around $50. Super happy with the product.

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Roachy
RoachyChristchurch134 posts
  2nd Generation
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