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Chromecast with Google TV HD review: Just a great little streaming dongle

that when I first opened it up, I experienced a little deja vu. The new Chromecast with Google TV still has a puckish oval design, it comes packaged with an identical remote and even the OS powering everything is unchanged. The only major difference is updated packaging that features a label that says"HD." So instead of supporting 4K displays, this new more affordable Chromecast is aimed squarely at people looking to stream shows and movies on 1080p screens.

Once the Chromecast is up and running, you can log into your favorite streaming apps as normal and then dive into some of the more advanced settings like HDMI CEC which allows the Chromecast to do stuff like automatically turn on when you fire up your TV. You can also use Google's controller pairing setting to program the Chromecast's remote to mirror important functions like adjusting the volume or switching inputs.

Naturally, as this model is focused on 1080p content, you won't get support for 4K videos. But even with the HD model's relatively lightweight specs , performance felt very similar to what you get on the original Chromecast with Google TV. Upon startup, there's often a bit of lag as the dongle loads the OS and pulls down art for content recommendations. And if you pay attention, you might also notice some small hitches when you switch between apps or settings really quickly.

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