The Chromecast Ultra is looming with a release date due in the upcoming weeks. As awesome as new tech is and as great as it is to have the latest/greatest devices, sometimes the things we have right now are still a better fit.
We talked about the pros and cons of the Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra over in this post, and those points still stand.
A Feature We Weren’t Aware Of
When we posted that article, we weren’t aware of a little Chromecast accessory that is available from the Google Store. This little guy does 2 things for your exisitng Chromecast or Chromecast v2:
- Provides a power source
- Provides An Ethernet Cable Port
According to the Google Store page for this accessory, the setup is pretty simple. Run a cable from you router (not directly from the modem) to the adapter, plug the adapter into a power source, and plug the cable into your Chromecast.
That’s it! You then have a super-reliable connection for use in your home or office.
When we put out the article about choosing the right Chromecast for you, we were ignorant of the existence of this device. Luckily, one of our readers pointed it out, and we now have further reason to recommend most people stick with the much more affordable and now-more-capable Chromecast v2.
From that article, the only real upticks in the Chromecast Ultra are a speed boost and 4K output. Personally, I’ve not had an issue with my Chromecast v2 being slow, so that really takes it down to one advantage: 4K.
For me, the extra resolution just isn’t worth it.