A thirty-five dollar dongle may not seem like much, but in practice is an amazing little thing to have in your bag. It’s great for simple things like YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, and other popular streaming services.
The first stellar feature is the amazing price. At a price like $35, you can have one for each T.V. in your house. A reason for this low price is that there is a middle device, either an android device, iOS device, mac, or PC. The content from the device is streamed to the Chromecast. Because the service is not directly streaming from the Chromecast unlike an Apple TV or Roku. So I don't think it’s an issue for most of us having smart devices.
Another feature is Chrome tab and Chrome desktop mirroring. It is smooth with some minor flaws. The Chrome tab mirroring feature is poor quality and has a lot of lag. The desktop mirroring on the other hand is great. The quality is nice, the lag is low, and is great for many uses like presentations, sharing design blue prints, etc. Only small gripe is that your cursor is not displayed on the tv screen or monitor. This is an issue when you want to use a chromecast to enable your laptop to have an external monitor.
The connection to chromecast is simple. When the chromecast is on and connected to WiFi a small chromecast icon will appear. When tapped, the content will stream directly to the T.V.
The Chromecast was designed and manufactured by Google and is extremely simple. It looks like a well built USB stick with a HDMI male port instead. On the other side is a micro USB female port for power. Above is a power button with no practical purpose.
Is is worth it? I think it’s a great buy. It is cheap, easy to use, and is a great source for A class entertainment. I would highly recommend the google Chromecast to everyone.