Being able to share what’s on your computer screen or smartphone is a great way to display your content or run a presentation and the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter now makes it a breeze.
The Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter has a HDMI connection on one end of 29cm cable and a USB plug on the other that can be connected to the ports on the back of a monitor or high definition smart TV.
When connected in this way, it creates a wireless Miracast connection to your computer or phone with about an 8m range.
The USB plug draws power from the display and the HDMI plug delivers the signal. There’s also a small USB extension cable in case the USB and HDMI ports are further apart or awkwardly positioned.
Once connected and you switch your TV to the right source, you see the Microsoft logo on the screen and instructions on how to connect.
We tested Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter connected to our TV with a Lenovo X1 Yoga laptop running Windows 10 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and it mirrored our device screens on our TV.
With Windows 10 is also possible to extend your screen so you can choose to display one thing on the TV or monitor and another thing on the computer’s screen.
Quality was also quite impressive – as good a result as you’d get connecting directly to the TV with a cable.
Resolution goes up to 1080p full high definition so your images, videos, webpages and presentations look pretty smart.
There is a noticeable lag between the computer or phone and the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter.
This really won’t impact most of the things you do. Those couple of seconds don’t have a huge impact on most activities.
If you’re a gamer wanting to play on a larger screen, you’re not going to like it because the lag means the difference between victory and defeat.
Same thing if you need to move your mouse around a lot because that slight lag will affect that as well.
Computers running Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 will work with the Microsoft Wireless Adapter as will Android devices running Android 5 and higher.
And if you’re an Apple customer with your iPhone or Mac computer – don’t bother. The adapter won’t work with either.
Your alternatives are Google’s Chromecast and Apple TV but if you’re running Windows, there’s no better option than the Microsoft Wireless Display.
The Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter is easy to connect and offers a good range to wirelessly connect your PC or Android smartphone. And at $99.95 it’s also easily affordable and extremely useful.
Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter