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Watching movies on Smart LED TV vs on Macbook Pro

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Q1:
is there any small LED SmartTV, say of 20" screen size
or smaller?

Q2:
My girl watches several hours of movies (youtube,
drama.net, gooddrama.net) daily on her Macbook Pro
& it's draining her laptop battery very quickly & I think
in no time, she needs to replace the battery.  So I thought
of giving her a SmartTV but she doesn't have a big desk
space in her room

Q3:
Would a small LED SmartTV consume less energy than
a Macbook Pro 13" (retina) ?
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Most Smart TV's are of the larger variety. I think the best thing in her situation would be a ChromeCast. Anything she normally would watch in her browser on her Mac she could instead have casted over to the TV as long as she uses the Chrome browser. All the TV needs is to have an HDMI input for the Chromecast to plug into.

Very easy. Very efficient.


Google Chromecast -  www.google.com/chromecast¿
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The chromecast link you provided gave an error when opened:

404. That’s an error.
The requested URL /chromecast%C2%BF was not found on this server


With chromecast, do we still need a computer?
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Can we use a mouse to navigate the chromecast?
Instead of a computer, would an iPhone or iPad
suffice to be used with chromecast to navigate?

She doesn't watch netflix, mostly the 3 sites I've
indicated earlier ie
youtube, drama.net, gooddrama.net

Can the movies be downloaded & stored into
a USB HDD or chromecast itself?
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Also, believe the 3 sites I've indicated require
flash player with the browser, so would it work?
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Does my TV only need HDMI input port?  My TV has
no USB port, so do I need to buy any extra adapter
or cables to connect chromecast to the TV (say
USB to HDMI adapter?)
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Sorry, 3 more questions:

Q6:
When we watched those sites' movies on iPad or iPhone 5, the movies
were laggy & not smooth.  On computers they were fast.  So if chromecast
is used with iPhone 4 or 5, would the movies be laggy as well?

Q7:
Any adapters or cables to connect chromecast to iPhone 5 / iPad needed?
Or just order the device itself from amazon below & that would suffice:
  http://www.amazon.com/Google-Chromecast-Streaming-Media-Player/dp/B00DR0PDNE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388126434&sr=8-1&keywords=chromecast

Q8:
With chromecast, can I now browse Internet on my TV?   ie my TV has
become a SmartTV ?
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Chromecast allows you to cast from your computer (Mac or PC) anything that is in a Chrome tab. This includes a streaming video from any of the sites you mention. It is very simple and works very well, though not perfectly.

Also you can 'cast' things from your iPad and iPhone as well.

Included are streaming services like Netflix, HBO-Go and others but the streaming from the Chrome web browser as I mentioned is what she would use for her sites. Any website can be casted onto the TV so you could browse on the web also, and treat your TV as a Smart TV.

Note: IT doesn't do everything, and it is not perfect. It is however only $35 and well worth the minor investment for the capabilities it has. I have yet to hear of someone regretting the purchase.

If no USB on your TV, then the USB cable will have to go into a power source like a wall, so not really a big deal. No cables needed. Just order it from your link.
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> Chromecast allows you to cast from your computer (Mac or PC) anything that is in a
> Chrome tab. This includes a streaming video from any of the sites you mention.
So a computer is still needed?  Thing is I'm trying to avoid using a computer
because the Macbook pro's battery will need to be replaced soon after being
recharged so many times.  Also watching movies really heat up the Macbook
as kid watches it something like 5 hours/day so I really doubt the lifespan
of Macbook can last.

I currently use Puffin browser on iPad as Chrome browser requires a flash
player which I can't find the right flash player so far for iPad Chrome.
Could Chromecast cast out Puffin's output?

Movies on iPad are rather laggy (kind of slow motion & choppy)

Alternatively I'll need to find an old Windows laptop that runs Chrome?
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I have an old Motorola Android (probably early version of
4.x Android) phone : can that run Chrome & work with
Chromecast (ie I can do away with a Macbook / computer) ?
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As long as it has Android 4.0 it should work fine. Doing away with the Mac would only work if the videos she watches from sites like drama.net and gooddrama.net stream on her phone ok. I would think best to just use Chrome on the Mac and cast the tab it is playing in.
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But that would still consume battery on her Mac & caused many
charges/discharges & soon her battery will need to be replaced
(& battery is not under Apple's warranty after 1 year?)

By casting to the TV, there's no video activity on her PC
& this will consume a lot less battery?

Her school requires her to have a Macbook Pro but the school
disallows her from charging at school (due to high energy costs)
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Can she stream from those sites on her Android? If she can, then she will be able to cast it from there.
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