Google’s recently revealing a wide product portfolio, but the Chromecast Ultra might be the most unassuming sleeper hit of the bunch. The new member of the Chromecast family supports 4K resolution video streaming. And yet still does not break the bank at $69.
Chromecast Ultra Design:
The Ultra keeps the same hockey puck Chromecast design that debuted last year, minus the ‘Chrome’ logo which was embedded in the case. The ‘Chrome’ branding is being downplayed in favor of a simple G logo.
It’s still a plastic puck, like it is predecessor, with an integrated HDMI output n a short, flexible cable and a micro-USB port for power. This new device also has HDR powers, meaning with newer TV sets that support it. It’ll support an image designed to show the brighter. And more vibrant scenes across varying lighting conditions for an overall more vivid picture.
Chromecast Ultra Features:
The new Chromecast Ultra is not a necessary upgrade for anyone, but it’s an obvious step forward for the gadget. The new dongle supports HDR and 4K content. It might not be standard today, but it will be in the future. The biggest change anyone notice is that the new Chromecast is 1.8 times faster than its predecessor. And it also includes Ethernet support through a dongle. The Google Play Movies will also get 4K support soon to provide content to the new Chromecast. And it will offer HDR with the Dolby Vision standard. No more laggy connectivity.
Chromecast Ultra supports casting from all the same apps and sources the existing Chromecast supports, including Android, iOS devices (support depending) and Chrome on the desktop. Even at double price, it is worth considering if you’re in the market for a Chromecast and do not yet have any need for 4K – that’s still about half the price of the entry-level current generation Apple TV, which maxes out at 1080p.