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Chromecast Gets the iFixit Teardown, Google’s Dongle Doesn’t Hide Much


The iFixit team didn’t wait too long to get their hands on Google’s new little TV streaming dongle. There is not much to the Chromecast to begin with, so the iFixit team realized they wouldn’t have to pull out the big guns to tear it down. Nevertheless, they broke out the tools and cracked it open to give us a glance at the magic behind the new tech.

The best part about this teardown is that iFixit didn’t even give the Chromecast a repairability score because “there’s just nothing in it to repair.” The only parts inside the device are attached to the motherboard and an aluminum heat sync. Only 8 steps separate you from the start to a completely torn down Chromecast. If you are curious to see what the innards of that dongle look like or want to hear iFixit’s theory surrounding the Chromecast’s H2G2-42 model number, hit the link below.


Via: iFixit

  • Chromecast is an awesome tool, I have bought it http://www.iandroidapps.net/

  • Goober

    *aluminum heat sink

    • infiniteh

      Both spellings are actually correct.

  • Raven

    I love that they used such an awesome reference in their H2G2-42 model number, but it would have been so much better suited on an actual tablet like mobile device like the Guide. It seems rather wasted on a dongle.

    And please, if anyone doesn’t get this reference visit http://www.h2g2.com/ and read at least the first book in the increasingly inaccurately named Hitch Hiker’s Guide trilogy.

    So long, and thanks for all of the fish.

  • Well, its really cool!

  • EC8CH

    Just got mine today…

    too busy updating the N7 to 4.3 to try it out yet.

    • EC8CH

      Done with 4.3, set up the chromecast in between fighting drivers.

      For what its worth, the chromecast won’t even self power through an MHL port so the USB cable is an absolute must.

      • Droidzilla

        I’ve heard others say it charges through an HDMI 1.4 port. Are all MHL ports 1.4?

        • EC8CH

          I’ve seen lots of people say it does, but no one’s ever posted any proof they actually got it to work.

          No, MHL looks just like a HDMI port but they provide 500 or 900mA to power connected devices. The roku streaming stick is an MHL device, but the chromecast is not.

          edit: DIdn’t read your question closely enough. I guess I don’t know if all MHL ports are 1.4. I would guess so since MHL is so new that they would be using the latest HDMI standard.

          • Droidzilla

            I should be testing one out on a 1.4 HDMI port this weekend; I’ll report back if I do.

          • EC8CH

            At this point I’m about 99% sure it requires the usb power.

            As hot as that thing gets, there’s no way the 55 mA HDMI 1.4 provides would be enough juice.

          • Droidzilla

            I don’t have one yet, but I got this from another reviewer on Amazon: “The power adapter is an optional requirement. In fact, most modern TV’s with HDMI 1.4 or higher spec are supported. The Chromecast can draw power from the HDMI port it’s plugged into. If your TV doesn’t support that, there’s also a USB cable and power adapter included in the box. I have a 2012 LG LED and a 2013 Lenovo 27″ Monitor with HDMI input and the ports power it with no cable.”

            So, there you go. It will power from the HDMI port on certain TVs.

          • EC8CH

            I would love to see a video of that actually working.

            That review is questionable. He claims to be a developer who had it for weeks prior… ok sure. And he never responds when called out in replies regarding the powered over HDMI claims.

            If the chromecast could be powered over HDMI I would expect there to be a youtube video up by now proving it.

          • Droidzilla

            Good point. The digging continues . . .

          • EC8CH

            If Google wanted this device to self power they would have made it an MHL dongle like the Roku streaming stick. They chose not to so that it would be compatible with everyone’s older TV’s that just have HDMI (which is the right decision). Although they still wish it looked as clean as what MHL would have, so their marketing all shows the devices without the USB power plugged in which is what has given some people this crazy idea about HDMI 1.4 somehow providing power.

  • cgalyon

    I’m regretting having not ordered one on launch day. I pulled up the page, stared at it for a while, and thought, “Nah, I’ve already got a PS3 and an AppleTV. I can stream stuff just fine.” But each day a little more information seems to come out showing that this device is just a bit better than initially thought. Now it’s 3-4 weeks before delivery (as opposed to 2 days), so I feel like I may as well wait until it’s back in stock. *non-buyer’s remorse*

    • aQuickBit

      Supposedly you can try looking for one in a brick and mortars Best Buy store.

      • cgalyon

        Indeed, I’ve peered around a little bit, but they haven’t arrived in my neck of the woods yet (and Amazon is ridiculously sold out – that is, they’re “in stock” with some merchants charging nearly $100 for it). I bet you’re right, though, that they’ll be available in brick and mortar before that 3-4 weeks is up. I’ll just keep an eye out.

        • Michael

          I currently have Boxee tv with coax for local channels, along with a Sony DVD player, Xbox360 connected to a projector…Would Chromecast get me anything streaming wise I don’t have already? I have access to a ton through Sony and Xbox…i.e..MLB.TV, Amazon instant video, Hulu, Netflix, YouTube and so on.

          • EC8CH

            Chromecasts is currently very limited as far as natively supported content providers, but that should change since adding support to existing apps is supposed to be pretty easy. Right now the biggest advantage to chromecast isn’t providing more content, but providing it in a more simple and seamless manner between your mobile devices and TV.

    • AnotherAndroidKid

      For me it was two things. Presentations in client’s facilities with my own network. And a power consumption trade from the PS3 for youtube. The difference in not even having my ps3 plugged in anymore is huge.

  • cizzlen

    “Google’s Dongle Doesn’t Hide Much”

    O Rly

  • uximalik
    • aQuickBit

      Fantastic. I purposefully come to Droid life to read about android related news, but then you totally blow my mind and post something about “haha zomg iPhone is d3ad!” If it had anything to do with the article, then ok, but this doesn’t even have anything to do with Android AT ALL. Please refrain from posting anything like this on this site. We simply do not care.

      • DroidFTW

        especially when it has nothing at all to do with the iphone being dead. All the article says is that they will discontinue the old model when the new model is released. This is just Apple doing something smart and bumping up their margins by not selling a $650 dollar phone for $99 or free. Dumb user.

  • Kevin Lauscher

    wonder if the bluetooth will ever be used?

    also isn’t this only 2.4 ghz wifi only?

    • AnotherAndroidKid

      Unfortunately it is a 2.4 only device.

  • Christopher Ford

    What do you guys think the components cost Google? Just curious.

    • starnovsky

      My guess is $10 or so.

      • onemahon

        Which is what the retail price is, after subtracting $25 worth of Netflix as well

        • Royal2000H

          I actually doubt Google paid for Netflix. Or if they did, no more than a couple of bucks. It’s in Netflix’s best interest to get more people on free trials. By packaging it with a device that connects with your tv, this better ensures people will keep subscribing. Netflix might also give an affiliate cut to Google for each person that converts to paid.

        • Royal2000H

          I actually doubt Google paid for Netflix. Or if they did, no more than a couple of bucks. It’s in Netflix’s best interest to get more people on free trials. By packaging it with a device that connects with your tv, this better ensures people will keep subscribing. Netflix might also give an affiliate cut to Google for each person that converts to paid.

        • aQuickBit

          For only those people who ordered in time. They stopped the Netflix promotion.

  • Larry Wei

    I half expected the Nexus Q to be crammed inside

    • Verizon

      It’s not a TARDIS.

      • ericerk

        If only.


      That overpriced DOA piece of sh!t? Oh wait that’s every nexus product =/….

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