When the first Chromecast was released it looked like just a stick but it did a very important job at $35, It transformed your plain old TV into a smart TV where you can use Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and movies from Google Play on televisions with zero fuss.
But times have changed since the first version of Chromecast arrived in mid-2013. 4K TV’s are becoming more and more common in every place and Netflix, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Google are fighting with each other to bring videos to your living room in the best way possible and also most TV’s now have built in Netflix or Youtube Apps. In this saturated market arrives the Chromecast Ultra, and updated version of the 2015 version that adds support for 4K high dynamic range (HDR) streaming.
But with this feature, the most attractive part of the Chromecast diminishes that is the price. It will cost $69 which now crossed the limit where a customer can just buy to try it. Now the question is, is this price hike fair enough to make you buy one?
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 Amazon Instant Video support
The Chromecast Ultra delivers its promise precisely: to compatible TV’s it reliably streams 4K HDR videos. But the quality increase is marginal and together with a lack of 4K content, means the device is hardly a must-buy.