Nowdays everyone seems to have a Smart TV or at least a flat panel TV. If you have a Smart TV you might already have Casting built into your TV. So What is Casting? Glad you asked; casting is the ability to send your smartphone screen or computer screen to the TV screen wirelessly. This technology for a small business use to be one thousand dollars or more. Now you can cast as cheap as twenty five dollars. This week we will explore the top 3 casting devices.
The 2nd Gen Chromecast surpasses the original chromecast, with dual-band Wi-Fi for more connectivity options and a flexible HDMI cable to more easily attach to TVs. The Chromecast is also less than $40. What makes the Chromecast a bit different from other devices is that it’s controlled by your smartphone or computer. You don’t need to install any apps or add any accounts to the device itself. If you have Netflix on your phone, you just start Netflix and then tell it to stream to your Chromecast. Tip if you are going to consider a Chromecast make sure you have a newer router such as the Netgear Nighthawk X8 or check out a previous post about slow internet performance where I have a review of routers for 2016 by going here.
Roku Streaming Stick
On the budget end, the Roku Streaming Stick can be had for less than $40. That price includes a controller, so it doesn’t require another device to function. With support for 7.1 channel surround sound and 1080p video, it packs a punch for such a little device. Though these sticks can be a little slower than the bigger streaming boxes, and don’t feature wired networking ports for more stable connections, the Roku Streaming Stick offers solid performance once it’s streaming content and at a fraction of the cost of other devices. These stick style devices also take up less space, as they simply plug into an HDMI port and are powered by USB (which your TV might have a plug for).
Apple might make the most popular smartphone, but it’s streaming device is still playing catchup With a 32GB ($150) and 64GB ($200) configuration, it’s no cheap streaming device, but it aims to make up for that with great picture quality, Siri integration, and the ease of use people have come to expect from Apple products. It connects to your TV via HDMI to deliver a 1080p signal, and can connect to your internet via Wi-Fi or wired networking. If you’re already in the Apple ecosystem, you might like the integrations the Apple TV offers with iTunes and iCloud.