Chromecast is an affordable TV streaming device, available in different models. Hence, let us take a look at different Chromecast Models and which Chromecast Model to buy.
Which Chromecast Model to Buy
Chromecast was first released by Google in 2013 as an affordable $35 device that could allow streaming of videos and movies from YouTube, Netflix, and other supported Apps onto the larger screen of your Home Television.
The second generation of Chromecast was released by Google in 2015, along with Chromecast Audio, another useful device that could turn any speaker into a smart Speaker.
In 2016, Google released the Third generation of Chromecast known as Chromecast Ultra, which costs $69, compared to $35 First and Second Generation Chromecast devices.
The current Fourth Generation model of Chromecast is known as “Chromecast with Google TV”, which is basically a Chromecast device with a Remote Control device.
With this understanding, let us take a look at the similarities and differences between different Models of Chromecast, so that you can make an informed decision about the right Model of Chromecast to buy.
Similarities between Different Models of Chromecast
Following are the similarities between the three different models of Chromecast – First, Second and Chromecast Ultra
1. Video Playback Quality: All the Models of Chromecast can play Videos in HD quality (1080p)
2. TV Remote: All models of Chromecast support HDMI CEC, which allows you to use the Regular TV Remote to control videos playing on your TV via the Chromecast device.
3. Google Home App: All Chromecast Models make use of the same Google Home App to cast content from your iPhone, Android Phone or tablet to TV.
4. Power Supply: First, Second and Third Generation Chromecast devices are powered by Micro USB adapter, which Chromecast with Google TV is powered by HDMI Port.
Difference Between Different Models of Chromecast
Following are the differences between the three different models of Chromecast – First, Second and Chromecast Ultra
1. WiFi Network: First Generation Chromecast supports 2.4 GHZ WiFi Network, while Second Generation Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra support both 2.4 GHZ and 5 GHZ WiFi bands.
2. 4K and HDR Playback: Chromecast Ultra supports 4K and HDR Video Playback
3. USB Ethernet: The USB adapter that comes with Chromecast Ultra also supports Ethernet connectivity.
Note: You can provide Ethernet connectivity to the First and Second generation of Chromecast by using a power-plus-networking adapter for $15.
Should You Buy First or Second Generation Chromecast
The biggest difference between First Generation Chromecast and second Generation Chromecast is that the First Generation supports 2.4 GHZ WiFi network, while the Second Generation supports both 2.4 and 5 GHZ WiFi bands.
What this means in practical terms is that second Generation Chromecast will be able to switch to 5 GHZ WiFi in case 2.4 GHZ network is crowded in the area where you live.
Hence, our recommendation would be to go for the Second Generation of Chromecast, as it is likely to provide you with better connectivity and better user experience due to its ability to use the less crowded 5 GHZ WiFi network.
Should You Upgrade From First to Second Generation Chromecast
In our opinion you should definitely upgrade to second Generation Chromecast in case you are experiencing slowing down or interruptions while watching videos or movies.
This is basically happening due to 2.4 GHz coverage being crowded or too congested in the apartment or area where you live.
Since, Second Generation Chromecast supports both 2.4 and 5 GHZ WiFi bands, it will be able to switch between the two WiFi bands to provide you with the best connectivity.
Should You Buy Second Generation Chromecast or Chromecast Ultra
Chromecast Ultra is capable of playing 4K videos and you should go for this Model of Chromecast only if you have a 4K capable TV or you are planning to buy 4K Capable Television in the near future.
Also, you need to be aware that 4K content is very limited and not as widely available as 720p and 1080p HD content.
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