Wireless streaming is the new fad of technology these days. Google, Nvidia and Amazon all have their own streaming products now for those either too lazy to move their computer to the living room or wishing for streaming services.
The EZCast however, is not for those who want a fancy streaming service. In fact it would better serve someone who wants the look of having a streaming service with none of the benefits of actually having one. Sometimes more cost-effective products match up to the more expensive counterparts. This is not one of those cases.
So the EZCast is meant to be a wireless streaming device. You plug it into your HDMI port, connect your device to it and it should be as easy as that (more on that later.) The device can connect 2.4GHz and 5GHz for all you kids with a modern internet connection. If you are running on a 5GHz Wi-Fi connection you need to plug the USB power cable into a power socket, rather than a TV USB powered port. You will also need to download an application on mobile devices to connect to the device, of which the interface will be discussed later.
So lets us start with the very short list of what is good on the device. A short list of one. Connecting a phone or tablet device to show photos, videos or music on the TV using Apple Airplay or your Android equivalent is seamless. The image does not get stretched however so holding your phone or device vertical will leave you with a lot of black space around your image.
So now on to what is bad. This will be a long list. Because the device is, and let us not lie, a cheap knock-off streaming stick with little software support, it does not work. The airplay even only works in a limited capacity, only displaying media within the device and will shut out nearly all streaming services.
What you can stream to your TV in the program is a short list. Pictures, videos on the device, music and YouTube videos if you go through the application built into EZCast but why bother when you can Airplay to the screen and do it without a third-party application. What doesn’t work is longer. Any of the main streaming services you want to send across such as Netflix don’t work outright. Youtube works within the EZCast app, yet won’t work if you use the iOS application but will using Android devices but the sound will come from the phone. The device is a constant game of hit-and-miss on whether anything will actually work or whether it will just flunk due to any innumerable number of reasons. This was even after the device had been updated to the latest firmware. And if any of your devices are on iOS 9 EZCast outright say that they will not work at all for airplay (despite the website stating otherwise.)
I’m certain it would be multitudes easier to just pass your phone to you friend to watch the video of your drunken shenanigans. The application is the massive failure of this product. Some functions work, some do not, and some parts push you to use software already built into the product which I knew about anyway. All it would take is a little bit of love and care and this product would be faultless.
I picked this product up hoping I would ultimately replace our house streaming server. The server sits in the lounge and we push video down to it and can watch movies downstairs over LAN. My aim was that we could return the server to its owner and just push down to the streaming stick. That dream is dead. This product does not allow a detailed enough interface to make it a viable replacement. For the retail price of £30 I would recommend getting the Fire TV stick or an old PC and converting it into a server. If the stick itself was not of reasonable quality I would recommend binning it and I would give this a 0.5. However with the quality of the stick bumps this up to a 1.0. But still, don’t get this.
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