The Google Chromecast family is a range of small plug-in media devices which helps streaming videos as well as add additional features to your normal TV sets. Google Chromecast has taken a huge leap since its launch from just being a streaming dongle to a device that instantly converts your dumb box to a smart TV set with the addition of new features, upgrades, more than 300 apps, connectivity, and resolution.
The first generation Chromecast was launched way back in 2013 after the failure of Google TVs. The second generation was launched with a redefined body and a built in a more powerful chip in the year 2015. The latest one being Chromecast Ultra 4K launched in October 2016, is for high-end 4K television sets first of its kind.
The earliest Chromecast latest version launched was the cheapest and the simplest version of streaming devices. After the launch of the second version in 2015, Google had also come up with the Chromecast Audio dongle which helps connect to your home speakers and cast music from google play or other music apps like Spotify.
Chromecast Ultra 4K Vs Earlier Chromecast:
The latest version looks quite similar to its earlier counterparts in the looks and designs, however, there has been a lot of improvisation in terms of technology be it streaming in the high-end 4K TV sets to high definition support increasing the color and contrast. There are lots of reasons why the little expensive latest version is way ahead of its other siblings:
The 2015 model and the 2016 Ultra model does slightly differ in the look and design although not much. The chrome logo in the front has been replaced by a subtle and sleek logo of Google and the newer version comes in only one matte black color as compared to an earlier version which was available in three different colors.
The Google Chromecast extension Ultra has made a remarkable increase in the resolution of a hefty 3,840 x 2,160 as compared to 1,920 x 1,080 in second generation chrome. Also, the new device supports the high-end 4K television sets along with high definition or dynamic video outputs. The increase in pixels means a greater amount of light and color quality. However, to use this feature one needs to have a high-end 4K television set with good HDMI features.
The new Chromecast Ultra comes together with an Ethernet adapter, that lets you connect your internet devices along with Chromecast to ensure high-speed streaming of your videos and content. This helps when the WiFi network does not has a good speed or connection.
The Google Chromecast Ultra comes with a new processor which promises ultra fast load time as compared to its earlier versions. Although the full specifications have not been disclosed by Google, the Google Chromecast ultra is supposed to be faster in terms of processing and loading, as compared to its earlier versions.
The additional envying features of the new ultra model shall not be free and thus the price of the newer model has been increased. The standard Chromecast comes for a price of $35 making it one of the cheapest streaming devices, while the new version costs for about $69.
The earlier versions were not difficult to use, however, the good thing is that the Chromecast Ultra has got more user-friendly and easier to use. The google has introduced casting support into the Google Chrome itself which makes the casting and streaming more easier.
Which Device to Buy?
As explained above, the Chromecast Ultra 4K shall be brought only, when you have a high definition supporting 4K television sets. However, if you have a simple 1080bp TV then you may easily go for the Chromecast second generation model which still functions the best in the pocket-friendly price with a plethora of new apps and games and music stations.