What is Chromecast? Well its a brilliantly small piece of kit you can pickup from Argos and other retailers for around £30. In a nutshell It turns your non Smart TV or Smart TV into a wireless streaming device allowing you to send video and apps from your laptop/tablet or smartphone to your TV and it works incredibly well. Launched back in 2013 the Chromecast has been updated with many more compatible apps, all the big names are here including Netflix/Youtube and iPlayer to name a few. It also allows media players on your PC to stream to your TV. If you have video’s captured from a GoPro for example, open them with VLC software (free of charge) and then stream directly to your TV. You can do this with some but not all Smart TV’s but its the way Chromecast works that makes it brilliantly simple. Just plug the device into your spare HDMI port in the back of your TV and join to your wireless network and your off. With the right software you can stream pretty much anything to the Chromecast including your web browser. Google have created a Chromecast button for Chrome that sends your browser tab to the big screen. A neat feature. Even with a Smart TV i think the Chromecast still has place due to the fact of being able to send the screen to the TV. If you’ve ever had a party and wanted to open Youtube for music on a Smart TV and search for artists and songs you know how slow this can be but with casting you can quickly search on your laptop or your friends laptop/phone and beam it to your TV. Saves so much time and at £30 its a steal!
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