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Google Chromecast Ultra (2016)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 737 reviews of Google Chromecast Ultra (2016). The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and reliability. The size and usability are also mentioned favorably. Views are divided on the price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Google Chromecast Ultra (2016) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 99/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Ced Yuen (

Chromecast Ultra


Google Chromecast Ultra review: The latest Chromecast works a treat with 4K and HDR, but doesn't offer enough to justify the higher price.

4K and HDR compatible ; Casting is easy ; Easy to set up

No Amazon Video ; Mains adaptor mandatory ; Expensive for what it is

The latest Chromecast works a treat with 4K and HDR, but it’s a little pointless.

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Google Chromecast Ultra review


There's a new 4K Chromecast in town, but the results are mixed...

4K HDR support ; Intuitive and easy to use ; Fast and stable streaming ; Plenty of content

Lacks Amazon Video app ; Lip-syncing issues ; Needs constant mains power ; Double the price of the standard one

Limited 4K apps and a high price make the Chromecast Ultra a difficult product to recommend

Dec, 2016

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Google Chromecast Ultra review


A 4K streaming stick for people who don't really need one

Simple to set up ; Effortless 4K streaming ; Casting Chrome tabs to a TV is handy

Most TVs have in-built 4K streaming ; Missing Amazon Instant Video ; Expensive

As well as it works, 4K TV owners just don't need the Chromecast Ultra

Dec, 2016

Expert review by : Stephen Lambrechts Nick Pino (

Chromecast Ultra review


Google's micro streamer makes the jump from 1080p to 4K HDR

Cheap, effective 4K, HDR streaming ; Built-in ethernet adapter ; Google Home integration

No native Amazon Video support ; No remote control ; It’d be easier to navigate with an interface

There’s almost no refuting it: Chromecast Ultra offers one of the best values for streaming video devices for 4K TV owners. There’s not as much benefit for the 1080p crowd, but if you’re looking for powerful, fast streaming in a device the size of a...

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Jonathan Bray (

Chromecast Ultra review: Do you really need this streamer?


Cheap and beautifully easy to use, but currently the Chromecast Ultra is largely redundant

Reasonably priced ; Optional Ethernet connectivity

Must be plugged into the mains ; No support for Amazon Video

Couple that with a price that's more than double the Full HD Chromecast and it's no longer a purchase you can make without thinking. The £30 Chromecast 2 pulls that feat off magnificently, as does the Chromecast Audio, but the Ultra? I think I’ll pass...

Jan, 2017

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Expert review by : Henry Burrell (

Google Chromecast Ultra review


If you have invested in services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or Spotify, then a Chromecast is a great way to get content onto your TV. If that TV is 4K, then the Chromecast Ultra can carry this high definition quality from your phone, tablet or...

If you have a 4K TV and a Netflix subscription, the Chromecast Ultra is worth the £69 asking price. The fact it is so easy to use and works best with the Google Home app means you can easily throw it in a bag and use it on different TVs wherever you...

Jan, 2017

Expert review by : David Katzmaier (

Google Chromecast Ultra: 4K and HDR come to tiny streamer for $69


The latest version of Google's tiny streamer, dubbed Chromecast Ultra, can deliver 4K resolution streams from Netflix and others, complete with high dynamic range, for an affordable price.

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Google Chromecast Ultra review

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When it comes to home streaming and internet TV boxes, the Google Chromecast may well be the first name that comes to mind. Google's original online TV and streaming stick was incredibly well received, and it's now been updated for 2017 with 4K and...

Feb, 2017

Expert review by : Lucy Hattersley (

Apple TV vs Google Chromecast Ultra comparison review


Should you buy an Apple TV or a Google Chromecast Ultra? Both devices enable UK Apple fans to stream video and music to a television. And both are integrated with iOS so you can use them with your iPhone and iPad. Our Apple TV vs Google Chromecast...

Apple TV is easy to set up, Chromecast is easy to use, Apple TV has AirPlay and can stream almost anything from iPhone or iPad, Chromecast is integrated with key apps such as BBC iPlayer, Netflix and YouTube

Apple TV remote control is small and fiddly, Chromecast has no remote and only works with a few apps, Apple TV costs £70 more than Chromecast and doesn’t have a HDMI cable in the box, Chromecast cannot stream iTunes music or Photos

The Chromecast Ultra is a limited device with a killer feature: 4K. If you have a 4K television and want to get 4K shows on the cheap, the Chromecast Ultra is the way to go. The Apple TV 4 is a much more comprehensive device, with support for apps and...

Oct, 2016

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Chromecast Ultra


Chromecast in its third iteration adds 4K, HDR10, and Dolby Vision. The form factor is more or less unchanged compared to the last version that introduced more stable and faster WiFi. We have played with Chromecast Ultra for some time now but did not...

Still affordable ; 4K, HDR10 & Dolby Vision ; Supported by most services ; Improved design/connection

Slow to load (no Fast Play yet) ; No user interface ; Amazon not yet supported ; No 24Hz support

With more and more TVs running Android and having Chromecast built-in, is the existence of a hardware dongle even justified? And can a dongle survive in a world of advanced TV operating systems with apps? We have used Chromecast Ultra for almost six...