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Shop­ping for a TV streamer

that’s all killer, no filler? We pit the Google Chrome­cast against the Roku Stream­ing Stick. It’s gonna get nasty!

£ 30, google.com

fea­tures

The Chrome­cast lacks a phys­i­cal re­mote – you con­trol it via a smart­phone app. Its killer fea­ture, Cast, en­ables you to beam the screen from your An­droid de­vice to a TV with a press of a but­ton. Chrome­cast of­fers su­per-fast 801.11ac Wi-Fi.

de­sign

Ku­dos to Google for cre­at­ing some­thing that doesn’t look like it was de­signed by an ac­coun­tant. The Chrome­cast is fresh and funky (with three colours to choose from), and the de­sign gives greater con­nec­tion flex­i­bil­ity.

In­ter­face

The Chrome­cast doesn’t have its own in­ter­face. Es­sen­tially, the phone or tablet app acts as the menu. This works su­perbly, giv­ing you a pre­view

of what’s on each chan­nel. The ques­tion is: are you happy to give up your phone as a re­mote?

con­tent

Chrome­cast isn’t short of apps, with a col­lec­tion on a par with the Roku, though there’s no Ama­zon In­stant Video, which might be a deal­breaker. A big plus of Chrome­cast is the abil­ity to view web­site con­tent via Chrome, us­ing a PC or mo­bile.

Rates It’s fast, funky, cheap, easy to use and aces Roku with its abil­ity to cast con­tent from any de­vice.

Slates Chrome­cast lacks the Ama­zon In­stant Video app, which is a bum­mer if you love us­ing the ser­vice.

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