2022 Roku Ultra VS Chromecast with Google TV: Which is better?​

In this article, we compare the Roku Ultra and the Chromecast with Google TV to find out which is more worth buying. Many people are looking for an affordable and powerful TV streaming device for their old TVs, and Roku Ultra vs Chromecast with Google TV are two recommended products. People often compare the Roku Ultra vs Chromecast with Google TV. What features do they have? In this article, we will find out the answer.

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Why the 2022 Roku Ultra?​

In fact, Roku launched a new Roku Ultra in 2022 with an original price tag of around $100 and now a discounted price of around $68. Its streaming device specs haven't changed, but the accompanying remote control has been upgraded to a Roku voice remote pro and comes with more smart features.

Roku Ultra offers a lightning-fast interface and channels that launch quickly with the fastest, most powerful Roku player ever. Here you can stream in 4K, Dolby Vision and HDR10+ with crisp resolution and vibrant colors, as well as Dolby Atmos sound effects. Best of all, the Roku Ultra version 2022 is upgraded with Roku Voice Remote Pro, which conveniently charges with TV controls and personal shortcut buttons, headset and remote retrieval and more. If you're on a budget and looking for a device with clean pages and plenty of channels, Roku Ultra is a good choice.

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Why the Chromecast with Google TV?​

As for Chromecast with Google TV, it is a very popular small TV streaming device. There are two versions, Chromecast with Google TV 4K, which costs $50, and Chromecast with Google TV HD, which costs $30. As the name suggests, the former has up to 4K resolution and the latter has 1080p resolution, and there's a $20 difference between them. Note that Chromecast with Google TV 4K is a product to be released in 2020, and Chromecast with Google TV HD is a complementary product to the former in 2022. Check out the comparison here 2022 Chromecast with Google TV HD vs 4K for more details if you are curious about them. In a word, go to the 4K version if you are looking for a high-quality display.

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All in all, compared to its competitor, the Chromecast with Google TV is more affordable and comes with a Google TV system and 4K picture quality supporting HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, HLG, wireless internet, and voice control, making it a compact smart TV streaming unit.

2022 Roku Ultra VS Chromecast with Google TV Comparison​

Appearance Design​

Roku Ultra and Chromecast with Google TV come in different designs and shapes. The Roku Ultra box is very compact, it's a TV box made of tapered matte plastic that should fit easily in a cabinet or on a stand under your TV. It has a remote viewfinder button on the right side of the device and a USB-A port, HDMI output, and an Ethernet port on the back. Compared to the Roku Ultra, the Chromecast with Google TV is much smaller. the Chromecast is a small dongle-like capsule-shaped device that has a short HDMI cable for connecting to the TV. It's very convenient and hides perfectly behind the TV. In addition, Chromecast with Google TV has more color options. The Roku Ultra is a black TV box, while the Chromecast with Google TV 4K comes in Sky, Sunrise, and White options.

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Display and Audio​

As for picture and sound display, both Roku Ultra and Chromecast with Google TV 4K support 4K resolution running at 60fps, HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and HLG, and both support formats such as DTS and Dolby Atmos. If they were both 4K versions, they would be virtually indistinguishable. But as we mentioned earlier, Chromecast with Google TV offers a cheaper Chromecast HD version with 1080p resolution for those on a budget.

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As for the connectivity comparison, the 2022 Roku Ultra wins. For starters, the Roku Ultra has HDMI, USB 3.0 and Ethenet ports, which means it can connect to most home entertainment devices, and it can connect to limited networks. The Chromecast, on the other hand, only has an HDMI port in addition to a charging port. It can't connect to almost any other device except the TV. It does not have an Ethernet interface, but it can be connected to a wired network via an Ethernet power adapter.

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In addition, the Roku Ultra supports Bluetooth, while the Chromecast's Bluetooth can only be used to connect to the remote.

Streaming System​

The main difference between the Roku Ultra and Chromecast with Google TV 4K is their interface. the Roku Ultra comes with the typical Roku TV clean interface. Roku channels are set up in the left navigation bar, so all streaming apps can be added to the user's Roku account.

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Chromecast with Google TV has a typical Google TV main page with a navigation bar at the top of the screen and a recommendations section. Users can download apps through the Google App Store and store them in the Chromecast, which means storage space gets smaller as apps are added. So while the Roku Ultra has 2GB+4GB, and the Chromecast 4K has 2GB+8GB of running and storage space, that doesn't mean the latter can store more apps.

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2022 Roku Ultra VS Chromecast with Google TV Summary​

Overall, the Roku Ultra and Chromecast with Google TV 4K are both powerful TV streaming devices that offer crisp, sharp picture quality and smart features. the Roku Ultra is more expensive, but it has more streaming platforms available and comes with a new remote control with remote retrieval, a headphone jack, and more. the Chromecast 4K offers the same great picture quality and powerful Google TV system at almost half the price, but with a slightly inferior remote and software.

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I know there are a lot of Chromecast users. It's very low priced and offers Google TV, which is what people want.