Microsoft Launches Wireless Display Adapter for Windows 8.1 and Android Devices
Wireless display adapters are some awesome little gizmos to have if you want to share your laptop or desktop display to your TV or screen without having to worry about any cards whatsoever. And now Microsoft is releasing one itself – check out more details below.
The low-cost Google Chromecast has somewhat revolutionized this market thanks to its really affordable price of $35. And now Microsoft is releasing its own device, in order to get a piece of the action, as well.
Chromecast’s drawback is that it works best with apps that support it, an its screen mirroring can be sometimes glitchy and slow. Microsoft hopes it can solves those problems with the Wireless Display Adapter, which mirrors the screen of Windows 8.1, Windows Phone and Android devices and itdoes not need individual app support. Brandon LeBlanc from Microsoft says the following:
“Today we’re announcing the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter, which connects to an HDTV, monitor, or projector and will let you easily share content from any Miracast-enabled device — including many PCs and Tablets running Windows 8.1. With the Wireless Display Adaptor, I don’t have to worry about getting everyone to huddle around a device. All the content I care about, along with audio, is easily shared on the big screen”
He also added how is it works:
“All you need to do is plug the USB end and HDMI end of the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter into an HDTV, monitor or projector. Then select the right input on your TV, pair it with your laptop, tablet, or smartphone and you’ll be ready to go. Then just wirelessly project your screen from your Miracast-enabled device. It’s that simple.
Depending on your device, you can have it mirror exactly what’s being shown on the screen of your device or extend its screen. Because the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter uses Miracast technology, you’re not limited to certain apps or content streaming. It’ll show anything and everything from your device”.
But there’s a downside, of course, it comes with a price of $59.95, which is more expensive than the $35 Chromecast. But by the looks of it, it seems to be a more solid device that will perform better than Google’s device. It will work with all Miracast-enabled Windows 8.1 tablets/laptops/phones and Android devices with 4.2.1 and later and you don’t need Internet access for it to work.