The new, updated Chromecast has been out for several months now. But, the Chromecast (both versions) is still popular as ever. However, with more and more sweet deals on the original version of the Chromecast, you may be left wondering if it still is a good purchase. And, in this quick comparison, we’re going to answer that question for you.
To start off, what does the Chromecast 2015 offer over the original Chromecast? In short, 5Ghz WiFi bands. What are those? Basically, the less-crowded 5Ghz WiFi band offers faster connection speeds over shorter physical spaces. So, if your router/laptop supports the 5Ghz band, and both are in the same room, then you would benefit from that band because your connection speeds would be better. The same goes for the Chromecast 2015. If your media center is in close proximity to your 5Ghz compatible router, then you could potentially benefit from the new Chromecast. But, there is an emphasis on potentially—if you don’t have problems with your existing Chromecast, then there’s a good reason as to why you may not have to upgrade.
That’s pretty much it. The Chromecast 2015 also offers an all new hockey puck on a cable design in lemonade (what?), coral, and black colors. If you really don’t care about colors and hockey pucks, then this might not be an incentive for you. The new Chromecast also has a supposedly better WiFi antenna design, but again, you will only benefit from the Chromecast 2015 if you already have WiFi related streaming issues.
So back to the original question: is the discounted original Chromecast still worth buying? The answer is a resounding yes. If you’re a first time Chromecast buyer, or someone looking to upgrade/buy another Chromecast, it is important to note that unless you have experienced problems with your WiFi and Chromecast, you will probably fare just fine with the original Chromecast. Even though $35 is a great price for this fine piece of hardware, it doesn’t hurt to save $15 and go with the original Chromecast.