What's The Cheapest Way To Buy Google's New Chromecast In Australia?

Both Google's new Chromecast and the Chromecast audio aren't available yet in Australia, and there has been no announcement of an official release date. We could wait patiently for this tech to hit our shores, or we could take advantage of online shops and international shipping to get one of these devices now.

Seeing as Google's own store is the main seller of the new Chromecast models in the countries where they've seen an official release, there are few options that will ship one of these devices to Australia. It looks like most of them will end up setting you back around $70, once shipping and exchange rates have been taken into account. For the new Chromecast, these are your best options:

ArtemisPro on eBay, $38.66 plus $28.62 postage, $67.28 total.

B&H Photo Video Audio, $US35 plus $US12.26: $67.92 total (AUD).

The Chromecast Audio retails for around the same price from the same stores, although eBay proves to be just a little bit cheaper. Here are your options:

ArtemisPro on eBay, $34.36 plus $28.62 postage, $62.98 total.

B&H Photo Video Audio, $US35 plus $US12.26: $67.92 total (AUD).

It's also worth noting that B&H charges the same price for shipping for two Chromecasts as it does for one — so if you're planning on buying one of each, or if you can find a friend to go in with you to split shipping prices then you can bring the price down a little that way.

So are they worth buying at these prices? The first version of the Chromecast that is currently available in Australia will set you back around $49 from most retailers, meaning that you'll be paying almost $20 extra on top of that. The new version of the regular Chromecast mainly stands out from its predecessor by adding dual-band technology to cut down on lag and buffering. If you live in a house with poor Wi-Fi strength or an apartment complex with multiple signals crowding the band, this could easily be worth the extra $20. For a more in-depth look at the improvements in the new Chromecast, check out Gizmodo's review.

The Chromecast Audio has nothing similar to compare to, however — so it's up to you to judge how much you're willing to pay to avoid waiting for the official Australian release. You can find our review of the Chromecast Audio here.

Have you found the new Chromecast cheaper somewhere else? Let us know in the comments!


Comments

    Something not quite right with the numbers here:

    B&H Photo Video Audio, $US35 plus $US12.26: $67.92 total.

      The total is an estimate in AUD hence why it's not the exact sum of the $US costs :)

      Includes the new GST. Or something :P

    I got two audios and two HDMI versions from b&h when they were doing the two for $50 deals. Absolutely love them all. Heaps better than the Apple TV's and AirPlay for me since they don't smash the battery on your phone when streaming to them

      I bought two hdmi versions from that sale too. Only downer is the lack of AU plug as you're ordering from the US (not the end of the world however)

    What's the real advantage of the audio over a Bluetooth device? Seems it would severely restrict what devices you can use for playback.

      Works on WiFi so better on power, play from any device easily, link more than one together for multi room, higher nitrate. Probably more

        Any device? Or IOS/Android only? A Windows PC without chrome browser for example?

          I'm pretty sure you need chrome browser on the PC or Mac

            Honestly sounds like a modern Bluetooth adapter would be better.

              Bluetooth is great, but has weaknesses. If I bluetooth music to the speakers, then get a call/play a game/get a notification/watch a video, it all goes through the speaker, which is not ideal. Also, if I start an album, then take my phone off to the garage, the music drops out, with an awful noise distortion as you are close to being out of range, which isn't always that far either. With Chromecast you just tell it which album you want to play, and that's all the stereo will play, so you can go about using your phone for anything else, even leave the house with it if you like. Been using this over the bluetooth speaker(s) I have recently.

                Playing universal audio is a big upside for me, rather than being restricted to apps or devices with casting support.

    Just Bought mine from B&H I'm in regional QLD and it arrived in 8 days flat. :)

    With the combination of PLEX Media Server, It is outright the best piece of tech I have owned...

    If you are considering buying one, DO IT!

    Upgraded form a WD Live TV which worked, but was over complicated.

    I've noticed the current Chromecast available in Australia is on sale everywhere.. for $39... Wondering if that could be a sign that they're trying to get rid of them...
    Anyhow, I'm thinking of buying the new one from one of the sites you mention, are they just as easy to set up as the Official Site says for the one available in Aus? I'm not a complete thick head and am capable of setting up most gear.
    From my understanding I plug it into an HDMI port, get Chromecast Apps on my devices and connect it all... that's where I'm hoping is straight forward??
    Anyone know of a link or youtube video which shows it step by step, with trouble shooting, because for some reason everytime I set things up, I've got to do a certain ammount of troubleshooting, even though it says it's simple....
    If I know it's going to be pretty simple I'll get onw now..
    Thanks in anticipation :)

    Picked up four of them (three audio, one HDMI) from Best Buy on a business trip last year. Best purchase I've ever made, they all get used almost daily, and there is nothing to compare the audio to in the same price range, especially since they added multi room sync.

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