When Legal & General contacted me recently to write about a long term investment which didn’t break the bank, but made me endlessly happy, the first thing which jumped to my mind was a Chromecast. And I mean it IMMEDIATELY jumped to my mind. The Chromecast has been on my wishlist for a very long time. Ever since I got my iPad Mini and a subscription to Netflix I’ve been longing to watch my latest series addiction on the big screen. With TV lacking somewhat, I always find myself leaving it on as being background noise when I’m pottering about doing other things. Since I received my Chromecast though, I have made a distinct effort to lose hours of my life in front of the thing. Now I won’t really go in to the technical ins and outs of the Chromecast but I can say this – If I can set it up, you can too. You simply plug it in to the HDMI socket in the back (or side) of your TV and link it up using the endlessly simple set up instructions on the Chromecast app. The only negative I have found with the Chromecast is that when I try to watch Netflix through my Chromebook it lags a bit and it makes whatever you’re watching a bit jittery. This is a bit of a shame and a surprise, as you would have thought a Chromebook and a Chromecast would go hand in hand?! Apparently this is something to do with encoding and decoding and a load of technical hoo-har I have no idea about, but if you have a real laptop with a good enough spec then you shouldn’t have an issue ‘casting’ on to your TV. My ignorance also though that the Chromecast would power itself from the TV, but you need to plug it in to the wall with another cable, which is something to bear in mind if you have a few bits of gadget already taking up room in the socket space behind your TV.
But ANYWAY, I digress. The Chromecast has quickly become one of my favourite gadgets in the world. And I do love my gadgets. For a £30 price tag, they’re a small investment for a lifetimeeeee of joy. It’s not just Netflix that you can watch on it either, you can view YouTube, iPlayer, Blinkbox…. A load of apps and programs straight on the screen. I’m currently after my next series to watch on Netflix after finishing the entirety of Gossip Girl, Orange is the New Black, Orphan Black, Always Sunny in Philidelphia and my all time favourite RuPaul’s Drag Race. So if you have any more series I need to watch PLEASE fire some suggestions my way!