The Chromecast with Google TV is one of our favorite media streamers and an Editors’ Choice in this category, although at $50 it’s more expensive than the original $35 Chromecast. That’s because it has an on-screen interface that Chromecast didn’t originally have, and it supports 4K video.
Now Google is returning to its cheap streamer roots with a 1080p version of the Chromecast that costs even less than the first model.
Chromecast with Google TV (HD) is the second Chromecast device with the built-in Google TV Smart TV platform. As the name suggests, it only supports streaming content up to 1080p, which is a quarter of 4K resolution. The new model is aimed at users who still have HDTVs and haven’t upgraded to 4K yet, or who may be using older TVs in guest rooms, garages, or anywhere else they won’t be used as their main home TV.
Chromecast with Google TV (HD) can output 1080p60 video and supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) content in HDR10 and HDR10+ formats. It offers a complete Google TV platform that covers all major streaming services and turns on Google Assistant via the microphone on the included remote. Like all Google TV devices, it also has Google Cast, so you can treat it like an original Chromecast and cast your Android smartphone screen or Chrome tab to it.
Chromecast with Google TV (HD) retails for $29.99 and is currently available directly from Google and retail. Unlike the Chromecast with blue and pink Google TV options, the HD version is only available in white. Google and Peacock are offering a promotion that includes six months of Peacock Premium when you purchase a device.
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Because the Chromecast with Google TV (HD) is now sold with the standard Chromecast with Google TV, the latter device has now been rebranded as Chromecast with Google TV (4K).
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