Chromecast Review

The new Chromecast has been an instant hit in the Kaufman house. I feel pretty comfortable telling everyone to buy one, with just two exceptions:

1. You already have an Apple TV or Roku. The Chromecast does have a bit of functionality neither of those has, but not enough in my mind to justify purchasing it.

2. You never watch YouTube or Netflix, in which case I would say to wait a few months and see what other apps start supporting it. While it does have a mirroring feature that lets you watch any video you see in your browser, the experience just isn’t nearly as fluid as it is in the supported apps. That said, I think it’s only a matter of time before most major content providers will be supporting the Chromecast.
Setting the Chromecast up is incredibly simple. Chances are, even that relative you’re always having to help with their computer will be able to figure this one out by themselves.

Once it’s plugged up, anyone on any device (iOS, Android, Windows) can just pop open their video app and push the little “cast” button. Instead of having to fish for several remotes to get a video my daughter requested playing on the TV, I just pull my phone out, and in a couple seconds there’s a happy little Viv watching Shaun the Sheep in all it’s claymated glory.

Something I didn’t think about before I started using it was how handy it would be when you have guests. How many times has someone been at your house and told you that you’ve just got to see this new video clip? Then everyone huddles around their phone and tries to make out what’s happening on the tiny screen. With the Chromecast you just tell them to push the “cast” button that’s already in their YouTube app, and everyone can watch on the big screen. Honestly, this is almost worth $35 by itself if you have guests at your house regularly.