5 Things I Like About The Chromecast with Google TV

A great approach for your Smart TV!

Dom Kwolczak


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Ok, I admit it I was never really a big fan of the original Chromecast devices as they heavily depended on the apps being installed on my phone.

In all fairness, it was still a pretty good concept, but I found Roku and the Amazon Firestick better and let’s not forget that some smart TVs already come with a pretty decent system built in.

Around a year ago, I decided to purchase a 4K Chromecast with Google TV using the Google Store credit that I’ve accumulated. In all fairness, I didn’t know what to expect and having used various smart TV systems over the years, the new Chromecast had a lot to compete with.

But I was in for a pleasant surprise and after using the device for almost a year, I decided to share the 5 things I like the most about the new Chromecast with Google TV built-in.

1. Voice Remote

Let’s start with the remote control, as it’s the main device you use to control the new Chromecast.

One of the main differences between the old and the new Chromecast is that it comes with a pretty neat remote.

Not only does the remote look clean and minimalistic, but it also supports voice control which can be extremely useful, especially if you don’t like typing on your TV using a remote control.

I like the style Google went with for the remote as it looks great and feels great in my hand. The remote is very simple and has two shortcut buttons, one for YouTube and the other for Netflix. It also has a mute button, a back button and your standard controls.

On the right-hand side of the remote, you will find volume control which allows you to control your TV’s volume providing that it’s compatible with your TV.

I’ve been primarily using the Chromecast with the bedroom TV which happens to be a basic 32-inch Toshiba TV I picked up at a bargain price. But I am now planning to get a second HD Chromecast with Google TV for the bedroom and use the 4K one in the living room.

The reason I’m mentioning the TV I use the Chromecast with is because I set up the remote to also be able to control the TV, which…