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Google’s Chromecast connects older TVs to the internet

If today all new televisions offer an Internet connection to enjoy thousands of content, this was not always the case. With the Chromecast, you can give a second life to an old TV or monitor. It is a small box with an HDMI input on one side and a power socket on the other. The product is connected to the wifi of your home and in this way you benefit from all the services offered on the net.

Installation is very easy. A QR code is displayed on the TV screen once the HDMI plug is inserted. Just scan it with a phone for the setting to be done by itself. Obviously, you must have a Google account and the “Home” application installed on your smartphone to use the Chromecast. It is also possible to perform a manual setting, but it is more tedious.

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Navigation in the menu is done using your smartphone or the remote control, this is the novelty of the latest model. This facilitates menu navigation. There are notably the volume buttons on the right side, the shortcuts to the essential Netflix and Disney video services and the voice assistant button as well as a microphone to direct it vocally.

The interface is identical to that of TVs that use the Google operating system.

This product has great technical features. It is capable of streaming images in 4K HDR at 60 frames per second. It supports HDR10 and HDR10+ standards. At the audio level, it reproduces soundtracks in Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Atmos. To take advantage of them, your TV must have the technical capabilities to broadcast them and the content must also be in 4K.

You can also take the Chromecast in your luggage to connect it to the television and the network of your rental to enjoy the streaming services to which you have subscribed without having to set them up again. Besides, the device allows to be configured for different devices. You just have to choose the television on which you have connected it to use it immediately.

The Google Chromecast costs €69.99. An accessory, sold separately, allows you to connect a network cable directly to the device’s power socket if you do not wish to use Wifi.