After what seemed like forever and a day, the good people from the Amazon Corporation managed to ship my Google Chromecast. The order was placed on Saturday July 27, 2013. It finally arrived on Friday. August 23, 2013. Unboxing the device took a few seconds. The packaging was decent, but not memorable. Installation took about 3 minutes and involved downloading software and syncing wireless networks. I installed the Chromecast software on both my HP Envy X2 and my HTC EVO 4G LTE without any issues.
Parts of Saturday morning were spent playing YouTube videos and messing with Netflix. I watched a few episodes from season 5 of the X-Files. The browser tab streaming from my HP Envy X2 to the Chromecast was a little choppy. I watched the 90th episode of Joshua Topolsky’s “The Vergecast” on YouTube through tab streaming.
Overall, the device is a pretty decent tool for delivering streaming content to a television. The Chromecast device delivers the same functionally as my, “Actiontec My Wireless TV WiFi / HDMI Multi-Room Wireless HD Video Kit.” However, the Chromecast device was substantially cheaper to purchase. At the $35 price point, the Google Chromecast HDMI streaming media player is modestly priced. I don’t regret making the purchase, but I’m not sure how much I will use the device. Only time will tell if Google introduced a disruptive technology into the living room or if this little streaming media device will be forgotten.