When we think of watching all kinds of content on a television that is not Smart TV, out of inertia we think of Google Chromecast. This device, which has Google TV, was the first, so it is logical that it is also the most famous.
Nevertheless, being the first and / or being the most famous does not always mean being the best. Many users see limitations in this Google device, even more so when more and more content platforms and applications emerge that can be very useful on a day-to-day basis.
To compete with Chromecast, many alternatives have emerged from well-known brands such as Amazon, NVIDIA or Xiaomi, who have given a twist to the concept of this type of device to view content and turn your TV into a multimedia center.
So, if you are looking for an alternative to Chromecast, we are going to tell you what the five are better cheaper options than the new Chromecast with Google TV and that they are very worthwhile.
Amazon Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick Lite
We have already told you at length about Amazon Fire TV Stick, a device that stands out for its fluidity, the stability and quality of its WiFi connection and its ease of installing applications. And well, it has Alexa integrated, of course. You have it for 55.99 euros.
Its minimalist and portable design is traced both in the standard version and in its Lite version: a rectangle with dimensions of 86 x 30 x 13 mm, with a built-in flexible extension cord and a microUSB port.
Its rounded control gives you the possibility to operate it either with its buttons or through voice commands thanks to Amazon Alexa, the voice assistant of this great giant. You can search for content and even go from one chapter to another just with your voice, which is very convenient.
Incorporates a Fire OS 7 operating system and a SoC MediaTek MT8695D processor 1.7 GHz quad-core, plus an IMG GE8330 GPU. It is accompanied by 1GB of RAM and an r1080 pixels maximum resolution at 60 fps.
Its Lite version is simpler, but still incorporates the control, the design and a very intuitive interface, all for a price well below the usual for these devices: 29.99 euros.
Xiaomi Mi TV Box S
For 63.66 euros On eBay you have another of the best alternatives to Chromecast: the Xiaomi Mi TV Box S, a very complete device that promises a speed and fluidity from another world. Not surprisingly, it has an Android 8.1 operating system.
This device it is very intuitive and easy to use, so much so that it also allows you to search by voice. And as an alternative to Chromecast, a very interesting fact: this Xiaomi TV Box incorporates Chromecast into itself to offer you a universe of content at the click of a button.
With Android 8.1 it is compatible with thousands of applications to which you will have access from the Play Store. You will also have access to premium videos, services of all kinds and a constant renewal of content on the most recognized platforms: Netflix, YouTube, HBO, Google Play, Starz, Disney +, Spotify … Of everything, go.
Includes SmartCast to offer you a more intense experience, 4K quality and Google Assistant to quickly access any content and get any response quickly, as well as being able to connect and control the rest of the devices in your house. You just have to press the microphone button that you will see on the remote control and ask for what you want.
It has HDMI, USB and 3.5 mm jack connections, in addition to boasting a processor powerful enough to play video games that are not very demanding, but fast-paced. Without a doubt, one of your best alternatives to Chromecast.
NVIDIA Shield TV and NVIDIA Shield TV Pro
The most expensive on the list by far, but they are worth every penny they cost. We are talking about two devices that they can be yours for 159.99 euros and 219 euros respectively, but that in return they give you a quality that is unrivaled on this list.
NVIDIA Shield can be, by far, the best proposal within Android TV devices. The most basic model is a 16 cm long cylinder that is hidden behind your television or furniture so that it goes unnoticed on the outside, but never on the inside.
It’s as simple as plugging it in and starting to use it, without half measures. It boasts an interface that offers many content options, including for games as seen, for example, with GeForce Now, NVIDIA’s game streaming service.
But the most famous content platforms, such as Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, or even Twitch, among many others. You can access any of them thanks to its menu, agile and fluid. You will not miss speed at any time, because you will hardly experience black screens or loading screens. Not in vain runs on Android 9.
You have pre-installed applications, including Play Store to access a huge number of additional applications. What’s more incorporates Tegra X1 +, which has a neural network of Artificial Intelligence educated watching thousands of hours of content, which allows you to anticipate and enhance images by defining some planes or areas, or adjusting colors and brightness, to give a couple of example.
NVIDIA Shield it’s faster, smoother and smarter. If you have money to spare and do not mind investing it in this device, do it because you will not regret it one bit.
Xiaomi Mi TV Stick
We return to Xiaomi, this time with its lighter alternative and with which it goes for the Chromecast, even for the Amazon alternative. We talk about Xiaomi Mi TV Stick, which right now it can be yours for 40.67 euros from Aliexpress.
It is a small stick that easily attaches to your TV and goes unnoticed, although you will notice its presence when you convert your TV to use in an entire Smart TV. It is the most basic Xiaomi device intended for this purpose, but it is no less complete for that.
The Xiaomi Mi TV Stick runs all the features you could expect for its price. With it you can watch all kinds of content on the most recognized platforms such as Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video or Disney +, where there are currently many renowned series.
In addition, one of its advantages over the Chromecast (its direct rival) is that does not depend on a mobile phone to function. You just have to connect the Mi TV Stick to your home WiFi network and download and install all the applications you want from the Play Store, in addition to watching any series, movie or event. Even play video games!
A device similar to Amazon’s Fire TV Stick but still cheaper, and sharing many similarities, except that the Xiaomi device offers many more options and is very simple and intuitive to use. Not in vain is it one of the favorite alternatives of users.
Amazon Fire TV Cube
We put an end to the list with Amazon Fire TV Cube, Amazon’s most recent and ambitious proposal: a small cube that improves everything that the Fire TV Stick already did unbeatable and at a competitive price taking into account its capabilities: 119 euros.
In its day we already gave you five reasons why this device was destined to become the best alternative When it comes to viewing all kinds of content on your television to use and that it is posed, thus, by a Smart TV that has nothing to envy those that already integrate these systems.
Fire Cube TV is designed in the shape of a cube, of course. This striking design It occupies more than the rest of the devices on this list, but it is still equally chameleonic with the environment thanks to its minimalism.
Inside An output resolution of 2,160 4K pixels at 60fps awaits you, which is said soon. Incorporates a Hexa-Core processor, an ARM Mali G52-MP2 (3EE) 800 MHz GPU and 16GB of internal storage, which gives the device a much higher and smoother performance.
It also stands out for its connectivity: where Chromecast did not have an Ethernet connection, Fire TV Cube does include it and not only that, but also boasts Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connectivity. Supports 7.1 surround sound, 4K and Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HDR10 +. And of course, it includes Alexa.
In fact, Fire TV Cube has a separate built-in microphone and speakers, so you can talk to Alexa from the remote control or from the device itself, since the Cube itself incorporates this assistant so you don’t have to use the remote control, which also includes direct access buttons to Netflix and YouTube.
The most ambitious option that will allow you to interconnect your entire home and, above all, for a very competitive price. One of the Chromecast rivals that wins the most on the street.