It’s no secret that the original Chromecast is the best-selling gadget Google has ever sold. Since its debut, the Chromecast has sold more than 20 million units, making it one of the most popular media streaming devices on the planet. But now that Google has released an updated Chromecast and the new Chromecast Audio, we’re wondering if you’ll be ditching your old Chromecast for a new one.
While the design of the 2015 Chromecast is dramatically different from the utilitarian HDMI dongle Google released a few years back, its functionality hasn’t changed. The only real difference between the two is the inclusion of 802.11ac and 5GHz WiFi in the new model. If your old Chromecast suffers from poor connectivity or constant buffering, the new model may fix those issue. But we honestly don’t see any reason why you should ditch your old Chromecast if you’ve never had any issues with it.
Chromecast Audio is a whole different beast. While Bluetooth speakers have seemingly take over our homes, I’m definitely intrigued with the concept of Wi-Fi-connected speakers. Google’s Chromecast Audio will serve up all your favorite music at a much higher bit rate than Bluetooth, eliminating those annoying notification sounds over your speakers and allowing you to retrofit your 7.1 surround sound home entertainment system rather than relying on that minuscule $200 Bluetooth speaker that promises “superior audio quality.”
If you don’t own a Chromecast already, I definitely recommend you shell out the $35 and turn your TV into a smart TV. Personally, I’m going to hold on to my original Chromecast, but I am waiting for Chromecast Audio to show up at my door step sometime this week.
What will you be buying?