Chromecast with Google TV review: Expensive but easy-to-use streaming device
Announced in 2020, the Chromecast with Google TV finally arrived in India on July 11, 2022. Unlike its previous models, the Chromecast with Google TV is a standalone streaming device with a Bluetooth-enabled remote powered by Google Assistant. It is a streaming device whose fundamentals correspond to the Amazon Fire TV Stick (exam), Realme 4K Google TV stick (test), et al. It requires a screen or projector with an HDMI port, a Wi-Fi network, a Google account and a nearby electrical outlet.
Setting up the Chromecast with Google TV is simple. Plug the dongle into the HDMI port of the compatible display – TV, monitor, projector, etc. turn it on using the supplied adapter and cable; change monitor input to HDMI; and follow the on-screen instructions – connect the dongle to the wireless Internet network and enter the Google account details to complete the device setup. Once done, you will see a first glimpse of the Google TV platform. While previous Chromecast models largely depended on compatible smartphones for its operation, the Chromecast with Google TV has a dedicated remote control for easy operation. You may still need a smartphone to speed up the initial setup process, especially when it asks for a Google account, but that’s it.
As far as features go, the Chromecast with Google TV has everything you’d expect from a full-fledged streaming device. It supports video formats up to 4K resolution at 60Hz frame rate and HDR (Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10). As for audio, it supports Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Atmos (HDMI passthrough). Additionally, there’s HDMI CEC for a load-free experience, dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) for wireless Internet connection, and two-way Bluetooth for wireless connectivity to connect devices such as a soundbar, headphones, headphones, keyboard, etc. .
The Chromecast with Google TV does everything you could do with previous models, and more. You can use it to stream content from compatible Android and iOS apps directly from a phone, laptop or tablet. With the Google TV platform integrated, it now has a dedicated home with a graphical user interface that displays content like movies, music, shows, and more. available on streaming apps. With the voice remote powered by Google Assistant, it’s easy to find, access and manage content.
Unlike the Amazon 4K Fire TV Stick, the Chromecast with Google TV does not display ads.
It has a simple and clean user interface with content suggestions from available streaming apps visible on the “For You” screen, which is the default home screen. The performance complements the fast, clutter-free user interface. The device responds quickly and shows no signs of slowing down even after heavy use.
From searching for content using voice commands to streaming HDR content in 4K resolution, the Chromecast with Google TV impresses on most fronts. But, it’s not perfect. The device is struggling to maintain a stable internet connection on the 5 GHz Wi-Fi network. On the 2.4 GHz band, the connection frequently drops due to network interference with nearby Bluetooth devices. The built-in Google Assistant doesn’t always get the desired results. Also, it’s not as fast as Amazon Alexa on the FireTV Stick. Finally, the device starts to slow down if it is not restarted but put to sleep regularly.
Priced at Rs 6,399, the Chromecast with Google TV is on the expensive side of the price spectrum for a 4K streaming device. However, its performance and ease of use justify the high price. By comparison, the Realme 4K Smart Google TV Stick offers similar features for around half the price. However, it falls short in terms of performance. Similarly, the Amazon 4K Fire TV Stick is a capable streaming device but displays ads in the interface, which detracts from the overall user experience. That said, consider the Chromecast with Google TV for its performance and ease of use, as those settings put it ahead of its peers in the 4K streaming device space.