We’ve all done it: Try not to pay a ton for new hardware by buying something smaller and less expensive. Google’s new Chromecast with Google TV (HD) is for those who can’t help but try to breathe new life into old hardware. It helps that it costs no more than $30.
The Chromecast with Google TV (HD) is a scaled-down version of its predecessor, the Chromecast with Google TV (4K), which will remain at its $50 price. But they look basically the same, the only difference being “HD” etched on the back of the device. Otherwise, it connects to any TV or computer monitor with an available HDMI port, and even uses the same Google remote with programmable buttons.
As rumored, Chromecast with Google TV (HD) runs a different processor than the first generation. It supports HDR up to 1080p and supports the AV1 codec, an open source video format that Google used. shopping around the industry. The AV1 codec is a relatively new addition to the Chromecast ecosystem, which is why it’s not in the first generation Chromecast with Google TV (4K). The HD dongle does not support Dolby Atmos.
The company expects most people to buy Chromecast with Google TV (HD) to upgrade an old TV or computer monitor to a smart TV. At its price, it’s a direct competitor to devices like Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite and Roku Express, both aimed at budget streamers. Google hopes that Google Assistant-enabled voice remote control, plus its casting ecosystem, will be enough to convince you to go for its cheaper variant. It will be interesting to see how it stacks up against third-party Google TV dongles such as Onn streaming stickwhich offer similar features including a remote control.
Chromecast with Google TV (HD) is available now for $30 in the Google Store. It’s available in 19 countries, with more regions on the way. The device is only available in Google’s Snow White color.