My Chromecast verdict: PASS

By | September 16, 2013

So, my wife and I celebrated our 10th anniversary this weekend and we went to the Smoky Mountains and stayed in a nice little single bedroom cabin aptly named “Away From It All”  No kids.  No jobs.  No nothing.  It was awesome and long-deserved for the both of us.  We hadn’t gone without all four kids, well, ever.  I’m not going to say anything more about our weekend as that belongs to us, but I did want to share a little something about something that might matter to you – the Google Chromecast.

I decided to take the Chromecast since I knew the cabin had some sort of Internet connection.  Although we didn’t spend much time watching TV, we did put it on a few times.  The cabin had two flat screens, one in the living room (a Samsung) and on in the bedroom (a Dynatek or something).  The Samsung also had a USB port, so I could power the Chromecast without snaking any adapter to the surge protector.  However, we didn’t really use that TV at all.  The cheap-o Dynatek did require the use of the wall wart power adapter, but it was no big deal.  Without making this a long post about nothing, I’ll just say that whatever Internet connection we had was good enough for the Chromecast to stream from Netflix.  We also did some tab casting and that worked OK.  There was some stuttering in the tabbed browsing early on, but it appeared to clear up after about 5-10 minutes of playback.

I guess the point of this post is that the Chromecast makes for an excellent device to cart along with you on vacation or any other short trip.  If you know you’re going to have WiFi access and a TV that can accept  (and you have access to) an HDMI device, then you can take your Netflix subscription along with you.  You can also enjoy a decent level of tabbed video playback using the Chrome PC browser.  It’ll be going with us on every outing.

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