Aside from the obvious physical change (which is for a reason), there’s lots of technical changes to the new Chromecast that make it a great buy for anyone.
I’ve owned the original, or first version, of the Chromecast since it came out in July of 2013. I love it. It allows you to broadcast YouTube, NetFlix and even your phone’s screen to your TV. All you need is an HDMI port, plug-in and a WiFi network. The Chromecast app is a free download from the Google Play and iOS store.
So here’s the technical improvements: the ability to use both 2.4 & 5Ghz WiFi frequencies and support for 802.11ac wireless. Basically means faster loading and less to no delay. New software compliments these features called Fast Play. Oh, and the HDMI plug is now on a cord so that you can plug it into pretty much all HDMI slots, no matter how difficult it might be to get to (that’s the main physical change). The new Chromecast is also sporting 3 adaptive antennas for better connections to home routers.
Setup is easy. Just plug the Chromcast into an available HDMI port on your TV, plug the supplied micro USB to USB into the Chromecast and then plug into the the power block that is supplied. From there you need to download the app and follow the on-screen instructions.
It’s a pretty good deal for only $45. Available in Black, Lemonade, or Coral.
There’s also a Bluetooth speaker version, so you can stream your music to any speaker setup.