In this article I talk about the acquisition of a Chromecast Ultra, the third generation of Chromecast, the device of streaming do Google.
I've had three second-generation Chromecast, one in each House LCD TV, of which I have spoken here on submit your Blog in the following articles:
- Google Chromecast 2, from 22/10/2016.
- Second Google Chromecast 2, from 21/11/2016.
- Third Google Chromecast 2, from 02/01/2017.
With construction of a new Cabinet and the installation of the old CRT TV on it, along with my second console team, I also put her one of Chromecast 2, with the aid of Converter HDMI to Composite Video (CVBS) + Stereo Audio.
Actually I took the Chromecast 2 the TV room and put it on CRT TV. The idea was to buy a Chromecast Ultra to the TV room in the same European tour where I acquired the iPhone 7, the Playstation 4 For and the Playstation VR, but I ended up not finding the Chromecast Ultra on Europa. I was not looking at many stores, but in that I found along the way, mainly at airports, only the Chromecast 2 was present. So I ended up buying on eBay even.
Why the Ultra Chromecast?
The great advantage of Chromecast Ultra is that it is compatible with 4 k content and HDR. With Youtube, Netflix and other services offering 4 k content and HDR, that makes perfect sense.
But it is worth remembering that I still don't have a 4 k TV, so why pay more for a Chromecast Ultra?
Furthermore, the Chromecast Ultra It also has an Ethernet port, Besides the possibility of WiFi connection that was already present in previous models. It also makes a lot of sense. 4 k content and HDR are heavy and can exceed the bandwidth that a WiFi network can keep, especially if the Chromecast are away from router.
I've always been in favour of using WiFi only for mobile devices. Fixed wired network device is always better, and still the WiFi network free. So for me this was very welcome Ethernet port, even for 1080 p content.
Por fim, I also prefer the Chromecast Ultra so it is already prepared for a 4 k TV and HDR that I may have in the future. I know that many of these TVs have Android operating system and already have the functionality of Chromecast. But they are not all.
Another thing I've noticed is that sometimes the same applications work best on that Chromecast on TV. For example: my Sony Smart TV 2012 has Netflix, but when I'm downloading torrents on the network he chokes, or is dropping the resolution. Using the Chromecast no gagging and the resolution is always to the maximum. My guess is that the best compression algorithms supports Chromecast, and ends up consuming less bandwidth. Possibly also has more cache and better congestion control.
Even in my Smart TV Panasonic Viera TC-40 "-40DS600, It is the newest of the House, Youtube sometimes get stuck, especially when the network is busy. And this does not occur when I use Youtube via Chromecast.
The Chromecast Ultra It's the American version. Came properly sealed. In front of the box we have a picture of the device and logos of various services supported.
Apparently my Chromecast Ultra was purchased at a Walmart USA. The seller left a stamp that indicates this.
Inside the box we find the Chromecast Ultra and power supply with cord. The power supply came with plug type A, the U.S. standard no grounding pin.
Unlike other models, This does not have the detachable USB cable source. Furthermore, the Ethernet port is in the source. Give way, the use of the source is required. You can't feed the Chromecast Ultra with a USB port and use the Ethernet port at the same time. For those who will not use the Ethernet port may be able to feed him using a common USB cable purchased separately, but haven't tested this possibility.
Before installing the Chromecast Ultra, I did a cable Ethernet for him, which has been tested with the Rede Cabos testator LAN, Phone, USB, BNC and Tracker with Firewire cable and LCD Display.
Then, I connected the Chromecast Ultra in an HDMI port of the Receiver Yamaha RX-A830. Also connected in the Chromecast Ultra the Ethernet cable, whose other end is connected in Switch TP-Link TL-SG1024DE V2, that is also in the living room.
There was just TV and receiver, Select the HDMI input of the Chromecast Ultra and find the Welcome screen.
After the connection, an update has been made and then the Chromecast Ultra was ready for use. I did some tests with Youtube and Netflix and everything worked perfectly.
See also the video of unboxing from the Chromecast Ultra:
I was quite pleased with the Chromecast Ultra in the living room TV, increasing the level of Smart the same, facilitating play videos from your phone to the TV, mainly from Youtube.
The TV is Smart but there's no Youtube. Netflix it has, but the application is slow in navigation and suffers with stops and decrease of resolution if the network is very busy (torrents, mainly). With the Chromecast Ultra These troubles are over.
I can't evaluate how the Chromecast Ultra does 4 k content and HDR, but at least for 1080 p content he does very well.
Of course, for those who don't have TV 4 k and do not plan to make a upgrade so early, the Chromecast 2 It's still a great option. The higher cost of Chromecast Ultra just worth arguably to who already has 4 k TV, for those who will acquire a soon, or when using WiFi is not a viable option. In other scenarios it is necessary to evaluate.