The second Chromecast has ousted the original as one of our favorite streaming devices of all time thanks to a better Wi-Fi antenna and far better performance.
Although we're not ones to bad mouth broadcast television, there's no denying that streaming is the future. And in our opinion, the Google Chromecast is one of the best, and not to mention easiest, ways to get video streams on your existing, non-smart telly. Yep, it's still one of our faves, three years after it first launched.
The small puck is able to plug into the bag of your TV straight into an HDMI port. It's powered via micro-USB and you can control it with a smart device. Simple open up an app, hit the 'Cast' button and you'll be able to watch streamed content from your small (or big) screen.
Here's how the Google Chromecast works: it allows you to select content on your smartphone or tablet before 'casting' it over to your TV, rather than controlling the device directly with a remote.
What this means is that instead of struggling to navigate a keyboard on your TV screen, you can quickly and easily find content using your phone's keyboard.
The idea behind the Chromecast was to bring smart functionality to the series of "dumb" TVs that hit the market before smart TVs rose to popularity near the end of the last decade.
Like the original, the new Chromecast plugs directly into your TV's HDMI port (make sure it has one of those before you buy it) and streams video from your mobile phone, tablet or PC