Chromecast vs. Chromecast Ultra: Which one should you buy?

Google Chromecast Ultra

Google’s taking the “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” saying and throwing it right out the window by taking the already impressive Google Chromecast and making it even better. The Chromecast Ultra now offers streaming in 4K Ultra HD and HDR with additional speed boosts to handle the more intense quality. Like its predecessors, the Chromecast Ultra plugs right into your TV’s HDMI port and works with the iPhone, iPad, Android devices and laptops with thousands of Cast-enabled apps.

Google’s Chromecast supports more than 200,000 TV shows and movies, plus 30 million songs, radio, sports, games and more. While it’s arguable that options like the Roku are more feature-rich, Google’s Chromecast Ultra may be the easiest and best-designed streaming service around.

The inclusion of an Ethernet adapter will assist homes and Internet connections that might not already be optimized and ready to take advantage of 4K streaming. Chromecast users will find the ability to mirror websites right on the TV, as well as mirror their smartphone. Power is supported through a microUSB connection that can go right into any power outlet, while HDMI plugs right into the TV.

Google Chromecast

Google’s Chromecast is arguably one of the best-known streaming TV devices and for good reason: It’s one of the least expensive. Now, with plenty of competition, Google has maintained the “less is more” approach by relying heavily on outside devices to control its playback. Whether you love it or hate it, the Chromecast has no remote control, period. Its selection of supported content rivals Roku and grows almost daily.

Through Chrome on the desktop or through official (or unofficial) apps on Android and iOS, there’s truly plenty of reasoning to give the Chromecast a long, hard look. One benefit is its portability (it’s really small). That’s great for anyone traveling and wanting to hook up to a hotel TV and stream their own content. The Chromecast would be our-go option for travel as we just need the unit itself and our smartphone rather than worrying about including a separate remote. Its new design mirrors a small, plastic hockey puck. The single, short cable connects to a single HDMI connecter and goes right into your TV. Setting up the Chromecast is incredibly easy. Just plug it in, grab the Chromecast app for your smartphone and follow the few prompts and you’re off to the races.

One notable difference from the rest of this list is the lack of any on-screen interface. The Chromecast doesn’t have one and Google has hinted that one will never arrive. Utilizing your existing apps ala Netflix to jump right into “casting” is simple, easy and requires just the tap of a single button. While the lack of iTunes and Amazon’s content is recognized, we can find most of the first-run and historical content we want on Google Play.

My Opinions:

1. If you don’t have a 4K television or won’t be streaming any 4K content, the Chromecast is for you.

2. If you have a TV that has a 4K display or can playback HDR content and want to stream media at UHD, the Chromecast Ultra is for you.

Of course either Chromecast will work to stream 1080p media or with a 4K display. To stream UHD HDR media you need the Ultra, but if what you’re streaming isn’t in 4K or you just don’t have the network speed to stream at that quality, the “regular” Chromecast will still work. Also, if you plan on upgrading to a newer TV or monitor that will display UHD HDR content you can buy a Chromecast Ultra and use it for HD streaming on your current display.

No matter which Chromecast you choose you’ll enjoy great movies and shows from hundreds of apps, and you won’t have to figure out any cryptic software or network settings to get started.

Some Useful Guides for Chromecast Playing:

Streaming DVD to Chromecast from PC
Stream Blu-ray Through Chromecast
Cast MKV Video from Mac to Chromecast
Chromeasting Blu-ray/DVD to TV
Cast 4K Blu-ray DVD and Videos to TV
Backup Blu-ray & DVD on Plex for Chromecasting to TV

Play all kinds of videos to TV using Chromecast:

If you not only wanna convert BD/DVD videos, but also intend to convert HD Videos such as XAVC/XAVC-S, MTS, MXF, MKV, WMV, MOV, M4V, AVI, FLV movies to TV with Chromecast, the all-in-one tool, Brorsoft’s Video Converter Ultimate (or iMedia Converter for Mac) will be your first and best choice. It is a yet professional all-in-one Blu-ray Ripper, DVD Ripper and HD Video Converter, which comparatively has better output quality, in particular HD videos and intuitive interface. What’s more, its deinterlacing function and merging, cropping, trimming, adding subtitles ability are what its many competitive products lack of.

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