Microsoft knows how much you love showing off your photos and home videos to your friends on your TV and that’s why they have launched their Wireless Display Adapter, a USB powered dongle that lets you connect to a HDTV, monitor, or projector wirelessly so that you can show off images and videos saved on your smartphone, PC, or tablet (a Miracast enabled one) to a bigger audience. If you thought your Chromecast was good, you might want to take a look at this adapter’s capabilities.
How Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter Works
To send all the good stuff from your mobile device or PC to your HDTV, you need to plug the USB end and the HDMI end of the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter to the TV. You can also plug it to a projector or monitor if you like. Then you need to select the appropriate input on your TV and pair it with your laptop, tablet, or smartphone. That’s it. You can now wirelessly project from your device.
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There are several good things about this Wireless Display Adapter. For one, it uses Miracast technology, which is a peer-to-peer screencasting standard to work, and that’s great because you are now not limited to using only certain types of apps or stream only specific types of content. Plus, it works not just on a windows device but even on Android. Its also much simpler to use than Chromecast.
Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter Teaser
One particular feature that enterprise users will find of value is the ability to open office documents such as PowerPoint presentations, which will be handy as you don’t have to be meddling with various cables when setting up your presentation in the conference room. The wireless adapter will also come in handy when you’re on the road as you can plug it into a hotel TV to watch movies or photos you’ve captured on a vacation and you won’t even have to worry about Wi-Fi connectivity.
The Wireless Display Adapter is compatible with Windows 8.1 devices including the Surface Pro line and Surface 2, and Android 4.2.1 or later and will become available in the U.S. and Canada in October but you can preorder it now at the Microsoft Online Store for $59.95.