Pros And Cons of Google Chromecast
- At $35, Chromecast is an inexpensive way to get into streaming media
- You can cast anything from your computer so long as you can open it up in your Chrome browser. If you want to stream an MP4 or AVI movie file, just hit CTRL O, in Chrome, browse for the file, open it and hit the Cast icon.
- You can cast Netflix, Hulu, Google Movies, Google Music, Pandora and Youtube from your mobile device
- It's a much more portable device than a Roku or Apple TV. It fits in the palm of your hand.
- There's currently no way to cast locally saved videos from your mobile device to Chromecast. So, all those movies you ripped and put onto your micro-SD card are not currently usable.
- There's no security to speak of. Anyone who has access to your wireless network can take control of your Chromecast.
As of right now, we're on the cusp of realizing the true potential of Chromecast. Once Google releases the API and third party developers begin making apps for it, Chromecase will truly be a versatile streaming media solution. It's not there yet, but I'm confident that it will be soon. If you've already got a streaming media device like a Roku or a gaming console, you can probably skip Chromecast for now. However, at only $35, why wait?