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00:05 – Comparison to the existing Chromecast
01:08 – Hardware overview
01:56 – Wireless AC and ethernet option in the AC adapter
02:40 – How the Chromecast works
03:32 – 4k and HDR performance
04:30 – Game streaming and lag / latency test
05:32 – Configuration
06:36 – Conclusion and final thoughts
First things first – If you don’t have a 4k television you don’t need the Chromecast Ultra. The original $35 Chromecast will work fine and is a much better value.
That said, the only thing this device really offers for double the price is 4k and HDR for higher end televisions. Otherwise it mirrors the features on the original Chromecast. This version does include an ethernet connectivity option in the box (it’s built into the power adapter) but that is also available as a $15 add-on to the original Chromecast.
I did notice that the screen mirroring latency was a little better in this version as compared to the original. But the connectivity (even with wireless AC) wasn’t reliable enough to recommend it as a way of streaming games to a television from a mobile device.
I think a $50/$55 price tag would have been much more reasonable than the $69 Google is offering it at.
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