If you’re looking for an affordable and easy way to stream content on an older TV, you’re most likely to come across Google Chromecast while researching the Internet. However, unlike other media players, it is a little different, which can complicate purchasing decisions. Black portal Tom’s Guide brings you a simple overview of available Chromecasts and a summary of what they can do.
What is Google Chromecast and what is it for?
It is a handy device that turns any TV with an HDMI port into a smart machine. Just plug it in, connect it to Wi-Fi, and then you’ll be able to launch various apps or share your smartphone screen. It first came on the market in 2013, its second version was released in 2015 and then the Chromecast 3 in 2018. Today, you will also find the Chromecast Google TV model in stores, which was introduced in 2020.
At the moment, you will come across the Chromecast 3 and Chromecast Google TV models. As he writes Tom’s Guidethey are divided by several fundamental differences, which we will describe below.
Chromecast 3 vs Chromecast Google TV
The older Chromecast 3 differs in its price in the first place. It costs around 30 to 50 euros, which is less than the model mentioned below with Google TV. However, a lower price is justified. This version lacks a driver, support for Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision technologies, and the ability to stream in 4K. The poorer quality of audio and video output can be experienced in some cases, especially if you have an older TV or do not have expensive speakers, but the absence of a driver will affect all owners of this model in the same way.
If you choose Chromecast 3, both your smartphone will serve as your driver and application source. On the one hand, it’s an advantage, because at least you won’t have another driver at home. However, the disadvantage is that the smartphone must be connected during the whole streaming time, as it is actually responsible for playing the content. Once disconnected, content released on the big screen will be turned off. This will affect the device’s battery life, so you’ll need to charge it more often.
An alternative that has cleverly solved the smartphone load problem is Chromecast Google TV. However, you will pay 30 to 40 euros more for it. The device has not only its own Bluetooth-enabled driver (so you don’t have to worry about where you’re going with it) but also your own Google TV operating system. It’s basically a disguised Android TV system with an emphasis on streaming movies and series. On the home screen, you are greeted with recommendations for content that you might like through your streaming services. In addition, the model allows you to install thousands of applications directly on the device, which you can easily launch without a smartphone.
However, this does not mean that you will not connect your smartphone to this version at all. The ability to mirror the screen remains. At the same time, support for Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision technologies, upscaling to 4K resolution or even the ability to play games via the Google Stadium platform is added.
Which one to choose?
The choice between the two is easy. If you want to save money and don’t need 4K resolution and Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision technologies, Chromecast 3 is all you need.
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