Are you in the market for a sweet little streaming device that costs less than a cheap pair of shoes? If so, then the Google Chromecast is the answer to your prayers.
This tiny USB key shaped device plugs into the back of your high definition television via an HDMI port and is powered by a USB port or wall plug. Once connected, any smartphone, tablet, or laptop serves as a remote control, allowing you to change the volume or channel with a few touches within the free Chromecast app. The Chromecast device streams channels such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, YouTube, Pandora and more with fantastic clarity. It also allows you to mirror your computer screen up on to your television for viewing other web content easily.
At an MSRP of a mere $35, the Google Chromecast is definitely affordable for most people, but if you do a little looking, there are some great deals out there where you can get a Chromecast for even less. Here is what we have found as of January 2014.
Amazon is currently selling the Chromecast for $29.99, although this does not take into account shipping costs. If you are an Amazon Prime customer, you may be able to take advantage of free 2-day shipping. This seems to be the best available online price going right now.
For even better savings, Best Buy is also selling the Chromecast at $29.99, but they have the advantage of physical stores so you can avoid shipping costs. With this kind of deal, though, expect the product to fly off the shelves even more than it has been at full price. You can always check availability online and even order for store pickup in your area.
Walmart, Target, & K-Mart
Both Walmart and K-Mart are selling the Chromecast for the full $35 price, and according to the Target website, they do not even carry the Google Chromecast as of now. K-Mart also has a rewards program that allows you to earn rewards cash for every purchase, so if you have a lot to buy, you may be able to save some significant dough when picking up your Chromecast. It’s worth a try if Best Buy is out of stock.
Because the Chromecast device is so new, chances are you won’t be seeing any big discounts for a while, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see it featured as a “buy one, get one” bonus with a Chromebook purchase in the future. At one point, there was a three months of free Netflix offer going on, but that very rapidly sold out due to the popularity of the product. Even if you have to pay full price, the good news is that full price isn’t much, in the grand scheme of things. While you won’t get the Air Play of Apple TV or the fanciful remote that comes with Roku 3, you will get the essentials: Netflix, Hulu Plus, You Tube, and Pandora. If you’re looking for much more than that, it may be best to make another choice, but if that’s all you need, then why pay extra for a competitor?