Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter
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Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter Review
- Uses Miracast technology
- Easy and quick setup
- Pocket size and super lightweight.
Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter is a device that provides a way of displaying what is on your computer or android device to your TV. It is shaped like a USB stick and it attaches to the TV by use of HDMI. A USB cable is attached from its rare end and this provides power for it. In case you lack powered USB port nearby, a USB power supply will be needed. This device uses miracast technology and therefore eliminates the need to connect your PC and adapter through a common router. This technology uses Wi-Fi direct to create a peer to peer network to communicate between devices. There are no Microsoft Wireless Display adapter apps and the device is essentially useless without a source device. It is a diminutive device, measuring 3.5 inches and weighing 1.2 ounces. It has one of the easiest setups. All you have to do is plug in the HDMI to the TV HDMI port and plug in the USB to a powered USB port. Switch the TV to the relevant input to fingd the message “ready to connect”. Finally add a wireless display on your computer or android device and it is done. The supported devices include miracast enabled winows 8.1 compiters as well as Android phones or tablets that have OS 4.4 or higher.
What is the overall performance ?
After you connect your adapter to your TV, you will notice a tiny bit of lag between the TV and your device. For instance as you play a video, it will be slightly behind on the TV compared to the original device and this makes the adapter unsuitable for gaming and such activities. Microsoft Wireless Display adapter android mirroring is possible for those android devices which are miracast enabled and it works quite well. You may however experience pillar bars around the output on the TV because of the different aspects ratios between the android device and the TV. A 23-foot range is what Microsoft advertised as the maximum distance for plausible connectivity. This is quite long and I doubt you will need all that space. It is vital to know that the nearer to the TV you are, the better the display. You can also decide to use the TV as an extended or second screen with your computer instead of just mirroring. The adapter is designed such that it can only connect to one device at a time and no device can hijack the currently connected device. As such you dot have to worry about multiple devices taking over the adapter.
Conclusion: Should I buy it ?
The Microsoft Wireless Display adapter is a worthy product to purchase although it does face stiff competition from the Google Chromecast and the Roku streaming Stick. Both of these devices are cheaper than the Microsoft Wireless Display adapter. The adapter does however offer a quick and convenient way to mirror anything from computer or android device to your TV. Although Chromecast features the same functionality, it is limited to the devices is visible in the browser tab. Additionally, Chromecast needs to be connected to the same router as the mirroring device for it to work. This makes it unsuitable for the road as you will need to bring a hotspot so that both the Chromecast and the phone can connect through it. This is where the Microsoft Wireless Display adapter wins it, as it uses Wi-Fi direct for connection.
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- The Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter is manufactured by Microsoft and was added in June 2015 in the Laptop Other Accessories section
- This product has a rating of 4.0 out of 5
- The best price of the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter in Australia is $68.46 at Megabuy
- In Australia this product is available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
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