Chromecast With Google TV Review: Easy Viewing

I now think a good affordable flat screen TV without smart features might be a good business proposition. That’s because there are so many plug-and-play smart streaming devices out there that make the smarts in the TV itself a bit useless.

From Amazon fire sticks to Apple TV, the options are plentiful and the experience is very good. Now Google is bringing its latest Chromecast device with 4K streaming to India. Here is what I thought of the Chromecast with Google TV device.

Chromecast with Google TV

The Chromecast device I received for review was an all-white compact disc that connects to the TV or projector with an HDMI cable. It also has a USB-C power point that needs to be connected to a power source. No, it doesn’t work if you power it from a USB port on the TV like with the Fire Stick.

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Setup is really easy, like with most Google devices these days. I used my iPhone to find the device through the Google Home app. A few minutes later, it was operational. And it helped that apps that were connected on the phone didn’t need an additional registration process to start working on the Chromecast.

The remote control is small and very handy. It comes with a control ring that helps you navigate and select. There are dedicated buttons for back, Google Assistant, home, YouTube mute, and Netflix. The volume buttons are on the side and it took a bit of getting used to. But using the remote is easy and intuitive and with the OnePlus TV the HDMI connection ensured that I only needed one remote for the telly as well as the Chromecast.

The user interface is really simple and clean.

Once the device is turned on, you will realize that the picture quality is very different from what is native to your TV, at least mine. This is because 4K HDR comes with a different contrast ratio and runs smoothly at 60fps. I loved the color setup here which was softer than I’m used to, but much more soothing to the eyes.

The interface is very easy to use with no learning involved. It’s good to see that search takes on so much importance here, highlighting that you really don’t have to navigate apps all the time and that simple voice commands will get you access to Netflix or the latest clips from malayalam comedy. Trust Google to do this, though.

A tab filters content based on what Google knows about your monitoring behavior, and we all know Google knows too much about it. Plus, you have separate tabs for movies and TV shows, another just for apps, and a library for content you’ve purchased like movies.

Google Chromecast Remote Users can easily search and launch apps using voice commands.

The account button offers a bit of smartphone settings that let you see notifications, change Wi-Fi and add accessories or just change your wallpaper.

One thing that stood out to me about the Google TV experience is that the interface is so soothing to the eyes.

The advantage of Google TV is how you have access to literally any app on the Play Store and its content. And once those are installed, whether it’s a Disney+ or a Sun Next, you can simply use voice search to pull up a specific movie or genre of movies. You can also easily run gaming apps, though you might need a gamepad to play most of them, since the Google Remote isn’t exactly gaming hardware. is actually the only downside of the device.

Many older TVs, although capable of downloading apps, often crash when you run a lot of them, like a Puffin browser for example. There are no such processing issues with the Chromecast and that will be a big reason for me to maybe use it on one of my TV’s many HDMI ports.

Google Chromecast Color White You can easily download, install and run apps from the Google Play Store.

Chromecast with Google TV: Should you buy it?

At Rs 6,399, the Chromecast with Google TV is a nice addition to the living room, especially if your TV is a bit old or not so smart, or loud enough to let you download and run any app you want. want. It has one of the best TV interfaces and that could also be a reason to choose this new accessory.

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