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Google Chromecast Ultra (2016)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 666 reviews of Google Chromecast Ultra (2016). The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the video and reliability. The design and size also get good comments, whereas many are critical about the remote control and price.

usability, size, design, reliability, video

price, remote control

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Google Chromecast Ultra (2016) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Ryan Waniata (digitaltrends.com)

Google Chromecast Ultra review

 

The Chromecast Ultra may not look all that much different from its predecessors, but under the hood is the key to unlocking the 4K streaming buffet, including support for High Dynamic Range to unleash the rich contrast and expanded color gamut of...

Simple and affordable 4K streaming ; Widest HDR support available ; Intuitive interface and setup ; Dual-band Wi-Fi and Ethernet for strong connection

Cross-platform search still mediocre

Google’s Chromecast Ultra is a slick and simple way to serve up 4K Ultra HD content. The Ultra will likely be most beneficial to users with older or cheaper 4K TVs that don’t include many streaming apps, especially those without Google’s growing suite...

Jul, 2019

Expert review by : Ced Yuen (trustedreviews.com)

Chromecast Ultra

 

Google Chromecast Ultra review: The latest Chromecast works a treat with 4K and HDR, but doesn't offer enough to justify the higher price.

4K and HDR compatible ; Casting is easy ; Easy to set up

No Amazon Video ; Mains adaptor mandatory ; Expensive for what it is

The latest Chromecast works a treat with 4K and HDR, but it’s a little pointless.

Oct, 2017

Expert review by (engadget.com)

Chromecast Ultra review: Better video quality comes at a cost

 

The Chromecast Ultra does exactly what it promises to do: reliably stream 4K HDR video to compatible TVs. But the marginal increase in quality, coupled with a dearth of 4K content, means the device is hardly a must-buy.

Simple setup and easy to use ; Excellent video quality ; 4K streaming works great over WiFi and Ethernet ; Compatible with most popular streaming services

Marginal video quality improvement over 1080p streaming devices ; Limited 4K content selection at launch ; Twice as expensive as the regular Chromecast ; No remote ; No Amazon Instant Video support

Google's original $35 Chromecast is so useful and so cheap that it was almost a no-brainer. At double the price, I can't quite say the same about the Chromecast Ultra. It works as promised, but the dearth of 4K content makes me hesitant to recommend...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

Google Chromecast Ultra review

 

There's a new 4K Chromecast in town, but the results are mixed...

4K HDR support ; Intuitive and easy to use ; Fast and stable streaming ; Plenty of content

Lacks Amazon Video app ; Lip-syncing issues ; Needs constant mains power ; Double the price of the standard one

Limited 4K apps and a high price make the Chromecast Ultra a difficult product to recommend

Dec, 2016

Expert review by : Will Greenwald (pcmag.com)

Google Chromecast Ultra

 

Google's 4K-capable Chromecast Ultra is the least expensive UHD media streamer available, but you still need a smartphone, tablet, or computer to control it.

Ethernet port for reliable 4K streaming. Relatively inexpensive for a 4K media streamer.

Requires a smartphone, tablet, or PC. Almost twice the price of the 1080p Chromecast.

Conclusions Google's Chromecast Ultra is the least expensive 4K media streamer currently available, and it has all the ease of use, reliability, and convenience of the original Chromecast. At nearly $70, however, it costs almost as much as the...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

Google Chromecast review

 

An absolute bargain, and a neat and effective way to make your TV smarter

Innovative Takes up next-to-no space Simple and intuitive Slick operation App support is increasing

Could do with more apps

Feb, 2015

Expert review by : Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

Google Chromecast Ultra review: 4K casting is perfect... yet pointless

 

Chromecast Ultra is an easy and predictable upgrade and a device that makes complete sense supporting the latest formats for video streaming

Ultra HD ; HDR and Dolby Vision support ; Ethernet connection ; Simple ; Fast ; Easy to use ; Affordable

Your smart TV probably offers all these features already ; Needs a consistent method for confirming the quality you're viewing

Chromecast Ultra is an easy and predictable upgrade and a device that makes complete sense supporting the latest formats for video streaming to your TV. However, unlike the previous two Chromecasts that plugged a gap in your TV's skills, the Chromecast...

Oct, 2019

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Google Chromecast Ultra review

 

A 4K streaming stick for people who don't really need one

Simple to set up ; Effortless 4K streaming ; Casting Chrome tabs to a TV is handy

Most TVs have in-built 4K streaming ; Missing Amazon Instant Video ; Expensive

As well as it works, 4K TV owners just don't need the Chromecast Ultra

Dec, 2016

Expert review by : Stephen Lambrechts Nick Pino (techradar.com)

Chromecast Ultra review

 

Google's micro streamer makes the jump from 1080p to 4K HDR

Cheap, effective 4K, HDR streaming ; Built-in ethernet adapter ; Google Home integration

No native Amazon Video support ; No remote control ; It’d be easier to navigate with an interface

There’s almost no refuting it: Chromecast Ultra offers one of the best values for streaming video devices for 4K TV owners. There’s not as much benefit for the 1080p crowd, but if you’re looking for powerful, fast streaming in a device the size of a...

Jun, 2018

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Expert review by : Henry Burrell (techadvisor.co.uk)

Google Chromecast Ultra

 

If you have invested in services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or Spotify, then a Chromecast is a great way to get content onto your TV. If that TV is 4K, then the Chromecast Ultra can carry this high definition quality from your phone, tablet or...

Nov, 2019

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