Roku was the company that revolutionized the media streaming market, and because it was so successful, it attracted envy from rivals who started working on their own products. Google tried its luck with the first Chromecast, a very cheap stick which streams local content (media files) to a TV with a big screen. Recently, Google released the second Chromecast along with Chromecast Audio, but even if they have a similar design (pucks with a cord having an integrated HDMI cable), they are used for different purposes.
The first model looked a regular memory stick, but with a bulge at its base. The successor adopted a similar design to that of the Chromecast Audio. So, the hardware in integrated into the “puck” which is available in three variants of colors: Black, Coral and Lemonade. Its new specs include dual-band 2.4GHz/5GHz support and 802.11ac support, it has a new triple-adaptive antenna, the usual HDMI connectivity and two important features: Fast Play and gaming support. The Chromecast App has been improved as well, making searching and exploring a more pleasant experience. To use the Chromecast (2.0), just pair it with a compatible device (iOS, Android, Windows and Chrome OS via Chrome browser) which is connected to a WiFi network and plug it into the back of a TV with an HDMI port. With this dongle, you’ll mirror any content you have on your device, even games or webpages, and of course, you’ll watch your favorite channels, which include Netflix, Hulu, Showtime Anytime. In addition, the new Chromecast 2.0 supports Spotify as well, but we recommend you to listen to music using the Chromecast Audio.
Likewise the Chromecast, it costs $35, but it was created especially for the music lovers who want to stream audio to high end speakers from their homes. It measures 51.9×51.9×13.49mm, it weights over 30grams, the audio cable has a length of 146mm and the power cable measures 1.75mm. The devices is equipped with a 3.5mm jack with analog and optical digital audio output, it features a Micro-USB and it supports Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4GHz/5Ghz). It can stream music to speakers, boomboxes and even TVs, requiring only a speaker system with an aux/line input and RCA or optical input.