I have to admit that I was curious when I first heard about Chromecast and how some people used the device to play Internet or local videos stored on the computer on a television.
While I do not watch a lot of TV, I do watch the occasional YouTube video or TV show on the PC. That's fine most of the time but there are situations where I which I could stream videos from my PC or the Internet directly to the television instead.
When I was ill with the flu for instance, I could not watch Internet TV because I had no Chromecast or comparable device at the time which meant that I had to rely on German TV (bad bad bad) and discs.
I decided to get a Chromecast and it finally arrived. The device costs less than 40€ which I think is acceptable even if it turned out that it does not support all the features that I would like it to support.
Setup itself was a breeze. I connected the Chromecast to a HDMI port of the television, downloaded the official Chromecast application for Android and used it to configure the device.
It was up in no time and I could play the first YouTube video on the television just to make sure that everything worked out fine.
While that worked fine, I quickly noticed several limitations of the device:
As far as good things are concerned:
For the price, it is a fine device even though its use -- in my case -- is somewhat limited right now. Still, I can use it for many different purposes and while it lacks some that I wish it would support, you cannot really do much wrong when it comes to the device considering the price it is offered for.
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