Did Google gloss over Chromecast needing USB power? Not hardly
A ... certain segment of fans ... have gotten it into their heads that Google played down the fact that Chromecast needs USB power to work. They are wrong.
Here's Google's Mario Queiroz, describing Chromecast at Wednesday's event:
- Chromecast tech specs (opens in new tab) (scroll down)
- Our post announcing Chromecast. (Made it into the second sentence.)
- The "getting started" instructions on the inside flap of the retail box. (Here's a larger version for the hard of hearing.)
Just stop it.
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People should know this by now, but they don't, and there was no reason Google had to shoot those ads showing no USB power connection. They brought the grousing on themselves. The good thing is that most modern TVs with HDMI ports have USB ports as well, so you might not even need another plug in. There is an article about the limitations
Plug Chromecast into your HDTV, connect it to WiFi, then cast videos and more from your smartphone, tablet or laptop to your TV." There are also two pictures showing it plugged into a TV but no power adaptor. Get real people.
B)USB from either the TV or a nearby media-center PC or USB hub you may have...
C)the included power adapter. There is no deception, it's simply a choice to show the dongle working in it's most likely scenario with modern HDMI 1.4 TV's.
Ever see a commercial for McDonalds and got exactly what you saw in the commercial?Since when does anyone believe exactly whats advertised any more?
If he wanted to say that some said Google never mentioned it, fine. But on the PR shots and even the chromecast page, one of the sections is "Plug in and Play", no "plug in, plug in, and play". That is glossing over.
Personally I don' care so long as the included USB cable is long enough.
This whole debacle is so stupid. Did people think this had a built in nuclear reactor core??? Solar powered??? Has there ever been any device actually released in the general consumer market that runs off of the minimalistic power from an HDMI port?
(1) Return the Chromecast and put their $35 toward the purchase of a more expensive device that does the same thing, sits under the TV and also cannot be powered over USB or
(2) realize that it's not Google's fault if your TV is incapable of powering any device over USB because it uses an older standard. This is like complaining if you saw a computer using wifi in an add and getting mad at the manufacturer after you bring it home because it didn't occur to you that you also need a wifi router.