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The multimedia test of the Chromecast Google TV and remote control!

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Google Chromecast with Google TV: the complete set.
Google Chromecast with Google TV: the complete set.

Google has been experimenting with the world of TV for years. The more experienced will remember the various collaborations with Sony and Logitech … Now, the world’s leading search engine shines with its various Chromecasts, including this version that simply connects via HDMI to your TV. Try an accessory for 69.99 francs.

As shown in the photo gallery below, this Chromecast is equipped with everything you need: from the power supply to the remote control and batteries. For those who already have a Google account and the Google Home app, getting started is a breeze. Technical data sheet of a device that should officially land in Switzerland in a few days.

Chromecast on a free HDMI port

After connecting your Chomecast to a free HDMI port, go to the Google Home app and add the Chomecast device. Login and password follow if you have chosen the standard feed. Note that an optional power supply allows you to connect directly to the Internet via an RJ 45 cable. Well done!

With that done, you need to link your various video or TV accounts, for example Sunrise UPC TV, Zattoo, Disney +, Apple TV, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Play RTS, Arte or even the essential myCanal. It must be said that this Chromecast with Google TV still comes with, in particular, Spotify, Stadia, Arte, Deezer and YouTube. And of course, you can still cast content from your Android or Chrome browser to it.

Nice remote control

Overall, the small white remote is very effective and well thought out. In particular it allows you to select the correct HDMI for your TV (works perfectly on my Sony). Its handling is very pleasant. The ergonomics are very functional, especially the arrow keys at the top. Navigation in the menu is smooth.

Home, back, to mute the sound or adjust it to the perfect sound side. But Google is even stronger with its Assistant key. Not only is it possible to dictate, for example, James Bond 007, but also to tell him “Play James Bond against Doctor No”. The assistant then indicates that the film is available on different services …

A very useful assistant from Google

The Assistant, in fact, is able to scan the content of multiple services and summarize the offer, to offer personalized suggestions on the different services to which you subscribe. A feature that is already found on Sony’s Android TVs, for example. Very nice, despite some limitations, as often mentioned here.

This brings me to another point: security. In fact, as I’ve seen again on TCL or Sony TVs recently, manufacturers are struggling to put systems on models they have already sold. Compared to the ecosystem of a Microsoft, which keeps its Windows for periods close to a decade, what about here?

What about security in Google?

Small disappointment in Google’s Chomecast settings since I discovered that it runs on Android 10 with an Android TV security patch level dated October 5th, 2021. After verifying that the cheat was up to date … It’s all eight months for one. latest version 12 of android …

Go on. While the remote that came with the Chromecast was successful, I have to admit that I now control my entire home with my smartphone, particularly thanks to Logitech Harmony for the latest devices that are only connected via infrared. The good news is that you can also easily control this device with your mobile after pairing.

What applications

In the end, I have no complaints about this easy-to-use accessory which can be an interesting alternative for connecting screens whose operating system does not allow it or which are outdated. It remains to be seen what Google’s update policy will be, in principle a pretty good student in this area. And then, this Chomecast allows you to benefit from the entire Google ecosystem of webcams connected to home automation …

For the rest, the definition 4K HDR 60p Dolby Vision (for amateurs), HDR10 and HDR10 + is appreciable, without forgetting Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital + and Dolby. Watching is fun! There remains the question of the number of usable applications. FYI Net + is also part of it, but not Salt TV or Blue TV as it is. Keep on.

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 The latest Chromecast with Google TV.
The latest Chromecast with Google TV.

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