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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
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.
Stay far away!
My chromecast continues to reboot as I am streaming. I cannot even get in 5 minutes of watch time. This issue started about over a week ago. I rebooted the device as well as did a factory reset and now the problem is even worse! Now I am not even able to connect to the device. I contacted customer support and the representative laughed at my issue and was not sympathetic to my issue. The support agent did not fix my problem and only made me run around the house disconnecting and restarting everything when the issue is with the chromecast itself..., not my wifi or cellphone. I am extremely disappointed in the product as well as the customer service I will not be buying again and will stop everyone from buying this device. I suggest a roku or fire stick. There’s no happy casting with chromecast.
Cheomecast only good at streaming media
I work in IT so I'm quite familiar with operating gadgets and electronic devices. I recently bought the 2018 model (3rd gen). It's good at streaming media content from mobile phones, PC and laptops but it fails miserably at mirroring from PC and laptop because the mouse and keyboard input lag is really bad.
I have an older miracast dongle dongle that has no lag for mouse/keyboard, although it buffers quite a lot when streaming media.
Also with old miracast dongle I can easily mirror my screen from pc, laptop and mobile without installing ...any app. But to use Chromecast you need to use Google home app on your mobile or Chrome browser from your laptop or desktop to start mirroring. All in all, I'm not happy with the way Chromecast operates. It's not working as a wireless display. It has so much lag for mouse and keyboard that makes desktop mirroring painful. It's almost useless for desktop mirroring. So if you're after mirroring from desktop, look elsewhere. If you're mirroring from mobile then buy the Chromecast.
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.
- Chromecast 3rd Generation (2018)
- Verified purchase
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
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!
2nd Gen..(2018) 15% faster than the 2016 model
After writing my previous review for Google Chromecast I convinced myself to buy an extra TV and a third Google Chromecast, but instead of heading over to my favourite Harvey Norman store on a rainy day, I decided to ebay.com.au it. Well there is 100% confusion online, there are all sorts of casting dongles out there. Some casting dongles look like the first generation of Google Chromecast (they are called Anycast) then there are a bunch that look like the second generation Google Chromecast (called MiraCast, but they do not support Netflix) th...en there is an updated MiraCast 2018 version that looks like the newly released Google Chromecast 2018 model (new one which has deleted the magnet). I then noticed the cheaper copy needs an extra cable so it means you get a dongle on a dongle and it NOW claims compatibility with Netflix (without needing to change modes?) this 2018 model has the 'G' for Google on it, but has a flat and plain back, so it doesn't look exactly like the Google branded second generation Chromecast from 2016, but does look like the 2018 model. The really confusing bit is the 'G' logo and the claim that it is the 4th generation google Chromecast 2018 version. In the product description for the copy, they have a lowercase G for Google. Seems that it only supports 2.4GHz bandwidth which is unusual for a 2018 product and it definitely isn't 4K resolution. What should we buy???? I found the newly released 2nd Generation 2018 for $47 or $49 in stores. Harvey Norman, Good Guys, BigW, JBhifi. The real Google Chromecast includes a wall charger, so it is a better deal. I bought it. I also bought the cheapest 32" LED TV for $188 to use with the Chromecast device.
2nd Gen.. not the 4K model
We bought the 2nd Generation Chromecast as soon as they released it and later on we bought another 2nd Generation, same as the one we already owned. We got it for a really good price, just $35.
We were at the shops because the 4K (really High Definition) version had just come into the shops and we went in to have a look. We read that it was just for those really High Definition 4K TVs, we don't have one so the extra $15 above the other model's price would just be future proofing for when we buy the big screen TV. Then the sales assistant c...
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!
- Chromecast 2nd Generation (2016)
- Verified purchase
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
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.
- Chromecast 2nd Generation (2016)
- Verified purchase
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,
Chromecast to TV
Chromecast for the IT novice
Easy connection and set up for anyone to do
Can connect to any TV
Perfect choice especially when on holidays the Chromecast can go with you
Well worth the outlay
A great investment
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!
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.
Love it but have problems with it
We have had a basic Warehouse Chromecast now for two years and do love the fact you can watch movies on A big screen. Bit disappointed in it the last few months as it keeps disconnecting from the IPhone and we loose the Chromecast button all the time and when we do get a movie successfully we loose the remote control buttons to stop/play movie at the bottom of the iPhone screen and this happens with every movie. I have tried to resolve this problem but nothing has helped. Not sure the life span of the Chromecast but we are nearly ready to chuck...it and buy a new one. Worth the buy but hope the next one works better. Not sure if this issue is a Netflix error or mine. Review updated August 3rd 2018: Had my Chromecast now for a couple of years for Netflix movies. Use my IPhone 6 as my remote control to my Veon Tv. First year Brilliant and then started to run into problems with it disconnecting nearly every day. Have tried everything to stop this from happening and still have the same drama. I use my Google Home App alongside Netflix App to remote control movies and this works bit better. Our Internet is the best and so wonder if It’s my IPhone that is the problem. Getting a new Tv today so will see if this improves the connection. Wouldn’t be without my Chromecast so will buy a new one if not improved. Maybe I just got a dud but it’s still working with a lot of fiddling. Watch movies most days with slight interruptions. Review updated August 16th 2018: Second Chromecast I’ve used as first one was faulty so I thought. Second one was great for the first couple of weeks then it started having problems like the first Chromecast with Chromecast button disappearing while playing movie and so couldn’t use my IPhone as the remote control which is a pain. My internet Wi Fi is great so do not understand why this happens and was suggested to get a Wi Fi extender which will help Wi Fi to extend to a larger area and help app equipment to work better, apparently these are $200 so bit expensive but good if you have poor WiFi to part of your home... What helps when you loose Chromecast Icon” is to have “Google Home” App and use your set up “Playing Netflix” Remote Control, use this as it works well when you can’t use the Netflix page remote. I’m getting a “Smart Tv” this week so can’t wait to put away my Chromecast as it is not worth the worry and just use the Netflix App provided.
Good fir youtube
Works well with youtube. My kids send the videos via their tablets and it is quite stable. Out internet do not seem to stream netflix as well and does paise to reload quite often. Think that is more an internet issue than anything to do with the chrome cast itself.
- Chromecast 2nd Generation (2016)
- Verified purchase
This is amazing
Hi I bought this last week. It is easy to use and compatible with my two smart phones. I can watch movies from YouTube, net flix and other apps. But the only problem is you can’t stream through internet browser. So I’m giving it 4 stars out of 5. Cheers
Does what its made for but
Hi the Chromecast is a simple connect to HDMI and sets up using Google Home App.
It operates fine for streaming from PC, Android Phone or tablet for screen mirroring. It has a few freebie trials in the app. It does have some lag on voice versus lip movement. However I have found if you are out and about and hotspot from your phone you need a 2nd phone, tablet or PC available to stream from as the Chromecast needs a wifi network and has trouble linking to the phone you hotspot from. So if I hotspot on my phone & PC on the phones Wifi link I ca...
Questions & Answers
How do I get SBS on my new google Chromecast with google tv? I thought I selected it from Apps menu on install but it’s not appearing now on available apps...?
why when I use the device to watch SBS on demand does it sometimes cut the start of the show, and why is it that all the other providers such as I view, does not seem to have this problem. what do I need to do to fix this irritating problem
I would to ask if when you mirror your screen to the tv, does it use the wifi on your mobile. I would like to mirror my screen to tv and then use the wifi to surf the internet (google maps, a browser page or anything else). So is the wifi free to browse the internet while mirroring your screen?
And now there is also a guest mode. So you can mirror your screen lets say in a hotel without using wifi. Is again your wifi free to surf the internet while doing this? Thanks
When setting Chromecast up it asks you which wifi you want to connect to ? I only have one that connects and does it all, home installed wifi where all products identify and log to - hope this helps.
I can't get guest mode to work at all. I have downloaded the update of Google Home App. Looks different.
My TV shows the PIN on the screen, which we assume means a guest who doesn't have access to our wifi password but can see the PIN on the monitor, will be able to CAST (mirror) their screen to our TV.
But it doesn't find any compatible devices for them to cast to unlessvthey are already connected to our wifi.
I might try rebooting the Chromecast
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