Google Chromecast remains one of the easiest solutions to wirelessly stream between devices anywhere with a reliable Wi-Fi signal. It works for streaming entertainment content to a TV or for giving presentations. However, this gadget has decent alternatives that surpass it in many ways, or at least look no worse. Therefore, if you use it, then we have for you a selection of what might interest you as an update. If you don’t, then pay attention to them to start doing it. There are only a few devices on the list, but they really are the best of the best.
What to buy instead of Google Chromecast
NVIDIA Shield TV – NVIDIA media player
NVIDIA has been a streaming Android TV box with the same NVIDIA Shield TV hardware for years. In 2019, it received an updated processor that provides all the features it needs to keep up with new streaming competitors.
Shield TV is a device that, like the Chromecast, is designed to hide behind a TV, but at the same time delivers the best that Android TV has to offer. This means you get the best Google TV apps and services from the Google Play Store, as well as NVIDIA’s own services for gamers.
There is support for 4K and HDR content, as well as Dolby Vision and Atmos for TVs that support these technologies. Designed for gaming, the Tegra X1 + chipset delivers an impressive NVIDIA upscaling effect with AI amplification. The function allows you to convert 1080p video to 4K format. But she does this not nominally, but with a real improvement in quality.
Shield TV also offers excellent support for Bluetooth accessories. It includes a redesigned smart backlit remote with reassignable buttons. You can connect wireless headphones or speakers, a keyboard for entering credentials, or a game controller.
Now about the cons. Due to the small size of the case and the cheaper construction, the built-in memory is only 8 GB. True, there is a “crutch” in the form of support for microSD memory cards. You will need them to store content or download games from Google Play.
Chromecast from Google TV – new Chromecast
If you think recommending one Chromecast over the other is a bit weird, read the arguments first.
Chromecast with Google TV is completely different from the first few Chromecast models. At least due to the fact that he has a remote control. Rather than just relying on your phone to cast to your TV, Chromecast with Google TV provides a complete Android TV experience with a custom Google TV skin. In simple terms, this means that apps are now on your Chromecast from Google TV, not just on your phone.