The 2019 Google Chromecast Ultra

Discharged to resonating achievement in 2013, Google's Chromecast is about as basic as gushing gadgets get. Minimal in excess of a channel that passes gushing video from the cloud to your TV — with your cell phone as the remote control — there's little to add to Chromecast with regards to refreshes, as represented by the most recent third gen HD Chromecast, which is more cosmetic touch up than update. Extremely, the main spot left for Chromecast to wander was into the universe of 4K Ultra HD video. Enter the Ultra.

An inescapable move to reflect the most recent in TV innovation, the Chromecast Ultra may not look entirely different, yet in the engine is the way to opening the 4K gushing smorgasbord, including support for High Dynamic Range to release the rich difference and extended shading array of the present most eye-popping video. While the update pushes the Ultra's cost ($69) to twofold that of its forerunners, for those peering toward an adaptable method to stream in 4K Ultra HD with HDR, it's a standout amongst the best deals around.

(Editorial manager's note: This audit has been refreshed to put the Ultra in setting with the present horde of spilling gadgets in 2019.)


First of all, basically plug your Ultra into your TV and divider outlet — the new gadget can't source control legitimately from your TV like its kin. Presently named Google Home to flag more extensive usefulness, the Chromecast application is basically equivalent to it generally was. Including your new Ultra into the overlay is as basic as tapping the gadget symbol at the upper right, and adhering to the fundamental guidelines.

For certain clients, stable 4K spilling could require designing the gadget to your modem by means of the new Ethernet port, situated on the Ultra's capacity connector. Prescribed spilling speed for 4K content is commonly 25Mbps and up, which may preclude a few switches. The gadget accompanies no genuine frill, so you'll likewise require your own Ethernet link available.

Highlights and plan

As referenced, the new Chromecast looks a great deal like the old ones, put something aside for a reflexive completion and a mitigated shading plan — it comes in dark, and dark. (Obviously, not very numerous clients care about a vivid streamer taken cover behind their TV.) The Chromecast logo has likewise been supplanted with a "G," to tell you it's a "made by Google" item.

Associating your Ultra is as straightforward as tapping the gadget symbol at the upper right, and adhering to the guidelines.

Some fundamental equipment overhauls have likewise been included, which Google cases will make the gadget "1.8" times quicker at stacking spilling content than a portion of its more established ancestors. By and by, we didn't encounter a lot of a lift, however the Ultra was a couple of moments quicker, by and large, at stacking HD content than our 2015 Chromecast. Like the 2015 model, the Ultra's Wi-Fi association is 802.11ac perfect, and it will interface with both 2.4Ghz and 5GHz passageways. Google prescribes a 5Ghz association for 4K gushing.

While the enormous feature is 4K Ultra HD similarity, similarly as significant — some may state all the more so — is support for HDR (High Dynamic Range). While you'll require a confirmed Ultra HD Premium TV (which is increasingly costly) to completely value it, HDR is regularly alluded to as the what tops off an already good thing cake, offering immeasurably more splendid differentiation and more extravagant shading that upgrades the extended shading range of top-level 4K TVs. Not at all like Roku and Nvidia's Shield gadget, the Ultra offers support for both HDR10 (the most common HDR arrangement) and Dolby Vision (the second-most pervasive), positioning among the most flexible 4K streamers in its value class.

At this point, you might ask yourself, "Don't all new premium 4K TVs pack keen interfaces with 4K applications like Netflix and YouTube assembled directly in?" To which we'd answer, "Indeed, and that is an insightful perception!" This reality restrains the utilization cases for the Ultra fundamentally, as does the way that 4K HDR substance still isn't as broadly pervasive as HD streams. While the gadget was the main streamer that upheld full HDR on YouTube upon its underlying discharge, this is not true anymore.

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So, the Chromecast's application support is a lot heartier than most implicit TV interfaces, with help for applications like Vudu, Google Play motion pictures, and others that might possibly accompany your new TV. The real exclusion here is Amazon Video, which you can discover on Roku gadgets and, obviously, the Fire TV. In any case, 4K applications keep on developing in number, and gratitude to HDR, the Ultra can develop with them.

The challenge has improved after some time, and in 2019 we don't think this gadget is as valuable as Roku's Streaming Stick+, or even the Premiere+, however it is more portable than the last mentioned. What's more, even two or more years on, it's the most ideal approach on the off chance that you adore Chromecast spilling and furthermore need a gadget that can develop with the most recent goals innovation and administrations.

Interface/ease of use

Google's Home application is as yet constrained in its handiness, however it has improved in the years since the Ultra was first discharged. A standout amongst its best highlights is voice seek, which looks over a couple applications, for example, Netflix and YouTube with voice directions like "Show me 4K motion pictures."

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Hunt has improved since our underlying survey (requesting Rob Lowe TV demonstrates now really discovers Parks and Recreation), however it's as yet not as instinctive or helpful as Roku's cross-stage seek. Maybe the application's best property is (nothing unexpected) discovering great 4K recordings on YouTube.

Where Chromecast's "cast" framework truly proves to be useful is enabling you to effectively change from an application on a cell phone to your TV with the straightforward tap of the cast symbol. Nothing's changed there, so if this is the manner by which you like to get your gushing kicks, and you need to include more 4K content in with the general mish-mash, the Ultra might be definitely suited to your tastes.


When we associated with Ethernet (once more, this prerequisite will shift contingent upon your switch), the Chromecast Ultra demonstrated its grit, stacking 4K content in merely seconds, and changing in accordance with full goals similarly as fast. We delighted in plunging through all the 4K content we could deal with on Netflix, including Marco Polo, which is as yet an incredible case of story driven 4K content.

We additionally invested some quality energy in YouTube, however it takes more burrowing to discover quality recordings there. The best precedents came through in splendid goals with small associating. We experienced some faltering with quicker moving substance and brisk skillet in certain recordings, yet we had comparative issues by means of our test TV's local YouTube application, so it's difficult to accuse the Ultra there. More to the point, looking for HDR recordings uncovered a fortune trove of flickering HDR content lolled in brilliant, clear hues.


Google's Chromecast Ultra is a smooth and straightforward approach to serve up 4K Ultra HD content. The Ultra will probably be most valuable to clients with more seasoned or less expensive 4K TVs that do exclude many gushing applications, particularly those without Google's developing suite of substance, including Google Play motion pictures. In spite of the fact that it's more costly than the HD Chromecast, the Ultra's consideration of 4K support, alongside HDR10 and Dolby Vision, ought to enable it to keep on expanding its incentive as 4K spilling extends.

To what extent will it last?

With double band Wi-Fi, Ethernet association, and all the most recent 4K and HDR organizes ready, the Ultra is as yet pertinent in 2019, and it stays prepared to develop with you and your decision of higher-quality 4K Ultra HD TVs for a long time to come.

What are the choices?

The local applications stacked directly into your 4K Ultra HD TV might be the Chromecast Ultra's greatest challenge for some, yet there are additionally different outsider gushing gadgets. The best options incorporate the previously mentioned Roku Streaming Stick+ and Premiere+ (the two of which bolster Amazon Prime Video) and the $100 Roku Ultra, which includes highlights like an Optical computerized sound yield for detachable sound association and a remote control with a discoverer work. Roku gadgets include a progressively customary interface and preferable traverse the Ultra, however their HDR ability is restricted to HDR10. The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is additionally a strong alternative, offering 4K goals and both HDR10 and Dolby Vision support.

Would it be advisable for you to get it?

In case you're searching for a reasonable gushing extra to your 4K Ultra HD TV — and you adore Google's throwing style — the Ultra is as yet a decent decision. While it's very requiring some investment for more 4K spilling applications to leave the woodwork, the Ultra's esteem should keep on rising.