The new Chromecast Ultra released by Google costs almost double than the normal Chromecast, which you can find for $35 at Best Buy. But is it really worth the money? Let’s see what differences are between the two products:
- 4K quality. The Ultra HD feature is the main difference between the two products, offering an advantage to Chromecast Ultra. It can stream video at a resolution of 3840×2160, which is more than the regular Chromecast option, which sports 1920×1080. Also, it supports HDR video (high dynamic range), which has more pixels than the usual 1080 p videos, but the best part is that it covers a wider range of light and color output, which results in an excellent quality.
- Ethernet alternative. Chromecast Ultra comes together with an Ethernet adapter, and you can plug the device straight into the router/modem for a stronger and faster connection. Video streaming is quite reliable through Wi-Fi if you’re using a good router, but a wire connection is still the most reliable and speedy option. This can make the difference between streaming Netflix in 4K HDR or stumbling at 1080p.
- More power and speed. Chromecast Ultra was simply designed to be faster than the regular Chromecast. Even Google described it as having ultra fast load times, compared to just fast load times. However, you can’t really tell the difference until you test both of them.
All in all, is this something you should spend money on and upgrade? If you don’t own a 4K TV, then this is not an investment you should make. Chromecast Ultra is awesome, but only if you have a device that supports this type of quality in order to take full advantage of it. Definitely the new product doesn’t fit into the budget category of streaming media devices, and there are other cheaper options, such as the Roku Premiere which also features 4K.
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