There’s (almost) no refuting it: Chromecast Ultra offers one of the best value-for-money 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 wafer for your brand-new UHD TV, there’s no better place to find it than with the Chromecast Ultra.
The Chromecast Ultra is Google’s drive for the 4K HDR crowd: a wafer-sized streaming device that can receive 4K HDR signal from any mobile device currently on your network.
It’s similar to Google’s previous streaming dongles in being a small device with big potential, so what makes this Chromecast so special?
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The Chromecast Ultra earns that extra label not only because it adds 4K playback and HDR video – it also boasts an Ethernet port and improved internal components, so videos load faster and are less susceptible to lag.
Those features help Google’s latest Chromecast streamer feel more premium than its predecessor, without offering a major departure in terms of form factor or available content.
The key feature that continues to makes the Chromecast Ultra (and other Chromecast-equipped devices) so popular is simply their ability to ‘cast’ content – to take a link sent from your phone, tablet, laptop, or smart speaker and load it up on your TV.
You can simply cast YouTube videos or Spotify playlists, or you can go further with security cam feeds and games, and connect the Chromecast Ultra up to Google Home and Google Assistant (so you can get photos, weather and so on displayed).
We’d say the Chromecast Ultra is well deserving of its “ultra” status, but first we’re going to talk about two shortcomings: the lack of a remote, and the lack of a standard user interface.