Chromecast (2015) review: A superfluous upgrade to a high-caliber product

One of Google's best devices gets modest improvements, and that's okay.

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At a Glance
  • Google Chromecast (2015 model)

    TechHive Rating

    The new Chromecast isn't a significant improvement over the original; then again, it didn't need to be.

At a Glance
  • TechHive Rating

    The new Chromecast isn't a significant improvement over the original; then again, it didn't need to be.

    MSRP: $35

    Pros

    • Shorter loading times than the old Chromecast
    • Performance improves each time you upgrade to a faster phone or tablet
    • Simple to set up and use

    Cons

    • Not a good fit for people who don’t keep their phones handy
    • No 4K resolution or 60-frames-per-second support
    • Support for Amazon Video seems unlikely for the foreseeable future

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