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Google HDMI Streaming Media Player Chromecast (H2G2-42)

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Learn more about the Google Chromecast (H2G2-42)

Model

Brand
Google
Model
Chromecast (H2G2-42)

General

Color
Black
Interface
HDMI

Features

Features
Stream HD videos, music, and anything on the web to your TV using your smartphone, tablet, or laptop

Supports Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO, Hulu Plus, Pandora, and Google Play Movies and Music and a growing number of apps, as well as any content in your Chrome browser on your laptop.

Chromecast works with devices you already own, including Android tablets and smartphones, iPhone®, iPad®, Windows®, Mac®, and Chromebooks.

Easy setup: Plug into any HDMI port on your TV and connect to your home WiFi network

Specifications

Specifications
Output: HDMI, CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) compatible

Max. Output Video Resolution: 1080p

Dimensions: 72mm(L) x 35mm(W) x 12(H) mm

Weight: 34g

Wireless Standards: 802.11b/g/n WiFi (802.11n 2.4GHz only)

Wireless Security: WEP, WPA/WPA2

Power: USB (USB cable and power adapter included)

Plugs into TV directly and powered from TVs USB port or wall outlet

Supported Operating Systems:
Android 2.3 and higher
iOS 6.0 and higher
Windows 7 and higher
Mac OS 10.7 and higher
Chrome OS (Chromebook Pixel, HP Chromebook 14, Acer C720 Chromebook, Acer C720P Chromebook, Toshiba Chromebook, with more coming soon)

Supported Applications
Chromecast currently works with the following apps:
Netflix
YouTube
Hulu Plus
Pandora
HBO GO
Google Play Movies and TV
Google Play Music
Google Chrome (from your laptop, currently in beta)
For a full list, visit chromecast.com/apps.

Packaging

Package Contents
Chromecast
USB adapter
Power adapter
HDMI extender

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the Google Chromecast (H2G2-42)

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  • Jayson M.
  • 6/26/2014 3:52:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for Netflix

Pros: Great for Netflix.
Easy to setup. Simple enough to use for elderly parents.
Cheap, small, looks cool.
Keeps settings when unplugged.

Cons: Slow, often hangs...but can be easily be reset.
Gets very hot.
Does not support new AC technology.
Does not (yet) show pictures or videos from my Google drive account.
Limited app support.
Only does 1 thing...stream (but I guess that is why you are buying it for).
Requires Google account and internet access (unlike other media streamers).

Other Thoughts: The price fluctuates between $28 and $36 depending on retailer.

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  • DMITRIY B.
  • 6/22/2014 2:30:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIt cool while it worked

Pros: 1. Easy setup
2. Good quality video

Cons: 1. Broke after 2 months of use

Other Thoughts: Me cry

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/21/2014 1:31:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLimited functionality

Pros: Simple setup. Attractive packaging. Streams enabled content very well. Wireless and power can come from powered USB port.

Cons: Content it successfully works with is extremely limited. The tab casting functionality, is at best, poor and using it with a desktop pc and mouse is next to impossible as it hides the cursor on the screen. The FPS is averaging single digits even on simple pages. no dedicated remote functionality other than software based Android or iPhone apps and the Chromecast extension that only works in the Chrome browser. Though claiming to have "beta" desktop streaming, it's simply unusable at its current implementation. You can't stream media from your PC without enabled third party software, of which the list is short and none of the current products do it in a satisfying way.

Other Thoughts: If you want a simple device that can stream Netflix, Hulu plus, Youtube, and any other/future enabled sites to your TV then this fits the bill. If you want to stream desktop, personal media collection, or were believing the hype about tab casting, you will be sorely disappointed.

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  • Matthew I.
  • 6/16/2014 4:54:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat!

Pros: Great with YouTube or Netflix! No buffering and works great with my internet speed. Very pleased

Cons: None

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  • Josh L.
  • 6/15/2014 10:14:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice Device

Pros: Plays most streaming media Via PC
Almost all Via android

Cons: Cant find a way to play embedded web video from the PC/Chrome..

Other Thoughts: Hear Google is going to release the API so it should play just about anything soon

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  • Benjamin B.
  • 6/9/2014 6:52:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsChromecast.. good & bad

Pros: • Convenient
• USB power option
• Decent bitrate stream

Cons: The chromecast is hard to get working if you have Verizon or perhaps more specifically the Actiontec MI424WR. After a ton of research I finally found this setting after which it worked perfectly. Network > Connection Types > Home/Office - Wireless > Changed "home/office" to "broadband". Also the desktop casting is in beta and is very choppy latency. If that was fixed I would rate 5*'s

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  • Fernando M.
  • 6/4/2014 4:41:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWhat can i do now?

Pros: .

Cons: It got lost in the mail says it was left in the door I live in front of a school probably stolen? is there anything I can do? It was a present for my mom.

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  • DMITRIY B.
  • 6/1/2014 11:18:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLove it

Pros: - Open SDK
- Easy to set-up
- Small
- Works like a charm on Android. Can stream your chrome tabs

Cons: 1.Needs more apps
2. Chrome Beta extension needs work

Other Thoughts: I use it all the time, love this little thing.

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  • jeff g.
  • 5/11/2014 5:57:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggshbo go/mlb.tv

Pros: Some other manufacturer had a list of what devices did what and the chromecast was the only one that did hbogo. Since hbogo was very jumpy on the PC I took a chance and installed this.
To my shock the video was smooth and 1080i on both hbogo and mlb.tv while using my android phone.

Cons: when running the windows 7 app all it did what copy the screen video to the tv with horrid results

Other Thoughts: have not tried netflix,etc
hope the showtime app will be developed
I get the feeling that the device gets the video data directly from hbogo and mlb.tv when using the android but has to get it directly from the PC when running windows 7.
with android the phone merely acts as a controller...no video surfaces

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  • Ronnarong P.
  • 5/8/2014 12:34:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood but needs more apps, browser, etc.

Pros: - Easy to set-up
- Small out of the way
- Has most standard streams
- Android and PC, Mac support steams

Cons: - No on-board Web Browser, not yet anyways.
- Chrome beta on android devises wonky with browser, it is a beta I know.
- Limited connections for expansions e.g. sd cards, external wireless keyboards etc.
- Not very many apps support yet.

Other Thoughts: It's good, not the best for streaming. It will need time to grow, and I see good things for the Chromecast. Not like the Roku's yet but close enough. Not many way to connect other wireless keyboards or mice to it, although mainly it is controlled via your phone or tablet, pc, and mac devices. Some android tablets I have as still a bit wonky to use with it. Would I recommended it? Yes and No, there are still work in progress made to it via updates, and future apps coming, so it's hard to say.

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