Google's latest version of the Chromecast media streaming device is finally available in Australia. Hurrah! From today, you can pick it up from a range of Aussie retailers, including Jb Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman for $59.
The latest version of Chromecast was previously only available as a grey import from Kogan and other online suppliers. Today, it is finally being sold by retailers in Australia. You can pick it up for $59 from JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, Bing Lee, The Good Guys or Google's online store.
$59 might seem like a pretty steep markup compared to the US price of $35, but once you factor in US tax and currency conversion, the RRP actually isn't too bad. You're basically being slugged with a $5 premium, which we think is wearable.
The Chromecast 2 adds a range of performance-enhancing features, including a speedier interface, 802.11ac support and triple-antenna Wi-Fi that can switch between 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands on dual-band networks. It also sports a more compact "hockey puck" design that can be tucked away from sight.
The new Chromecast comes in three colours: black, red and yellow although it seems only the black is available at the moment. (Google's online store will reportedly be selling the other colours from this Friday.)