4K TVs are removing cheaper each day, and now 4K-capable inclination to bond to those TVs are following suit. The cheapest so distant is Chromecast Ultra.
This little device, accessible for $69 or £69 in November, promises softened pattern peculiarity than a tide $35 Chromecast. (An Australian cost wasn’t straightforwardly accessible though a UK cost translates to AU$115.) That’s since it can tide a 4K and HDR video accessible from a handful of streaming providers, namely Netflix, YouTube and, entrance in November, Google’s possess Play TV and Movies store. The latter dual usually offer 4K, not HDR.
In speculation 4K resolution provides a crook pattern than 1080p HD video, though in CNET’s tests a disproportion is subtle during best with Netflix and other streaming sources. HDR, aka high energetic range, can yield a some-more thespian alleviation in contrariety and color, depending on a video in question. Just don’t upset it with HDR for phones (even Pixel phones with HDR+).
Notably a Ultra is a initial outmost streaming device to hoop both HDR formats, HDR10 and Dolby Vision. Other HDR devices, including a $200 Nvidia Shield, a $100 Roku Premiere+ and a $70 Xiaomi Mi Box, are all HDR10-only. In a tests we’ve found that with TVs that do support Dolby Vision, a pattern is somewhat aloft to HDR10.
Of course, to get a advantages of 4K or HDR (in possibly format) you’ll need a concordant TV. You’ll also need to be examination a 4K and/or HDR TV stream, that are still limited to a usually a few shows, videos and movies. Such higher-quality streams need good bandwidth — 15Mbps or aloft for Netflix, for instance — and you’ll need to allow to Netflix’s $15 monthly devise to get access.
Aside from 4K and HDR, a Ultra is really identical to a tide Chromecast, solely that it’s usually accessible in black. Both are little pucks with integrated HDMI cables designed to hang out of steer behind your TV.
One additional disproportion is a inclusion of an Ethernet pier for connected internet, housed on a energy adapter of a Ultra. That’s a good further given a aloft bandwidth mandate of 4K video. The customary Chromecast is Wi-Fi-only, and both offer 801.11ac Wi-Fi. The Ultra is 1.8 times faster during starting streams afterwards a tide version, according to Google.
Chromecast requires we to use your phone, inscription or PC to “Cast” video from upheld apps to a TV. The complement is utterly versatile and arguable in a tests, and app support is superb. One exception, however, is Amazon video. That renouned use doesn’t work with a Cast system, so Chromecast can’t broach a videos, that embody a comparatively vast collection of 4K and HDR TV shows and movies.
In a past we’ve elite Roku inclination to Chromecast since they do support Amazon, and also offer an tangible remote that we find some-more available to use than a phone. Roku’s slightest costly actor with 4K and HDR is a $100 Premiere+, and we demeanour brazen to comparing it to Chromecast Ultra as shortly as we get a hands on examination samples.
In a meantime, a review of a tide Chromecast and a concomitant video (below) have some some-more sum about how a device works.
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