Microsoft's Wireless Display Adapter Makes Your TV a Second Screen

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Everyone knows of Google's successful Chromecast dongle, and the amount of imitators and competitors for USB-powered streaming supremacy are steadily climbing. Roku revealed its own Streaming Stick earlier this year and now Microsoft will be releasing its Wireless Display Adapter in late October.

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Now available for pre-order, Microsoft's take on the pint-sized streaming craze is different from Chromecast in at least one key way: It doesn't require a Wi-Fi connection. Instead, the adapter runs off Miracast technology, which means that Microsoft's Wireless Display Adapter will work a lot better in a hotel room that a Chromecast might. Just plug in and go.

The small dongle can either mirror your screen to a TV, or turn the TV into an additional display, but there is a little lag. For example, we tested out its streaming powers by playing the endlessly addictive Jetpack Joyride and there was delay, but adjusting to the slight hiccup wasn't too difficult.

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The biggest problem with the dongle actually might be its price. At $60, almost double the cost of a Chromecast and is even a bit more expensive than the Roku. It would seem the search continues to find someone to match Google and performance and price.

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pragmaticsquirrel
PragmaticSquirrel

What's the last hotel room you've been in where the TV actually lets you plug in Any video via USB? No way this becomes a "travel Chromecast," the hotels are too happy soaking you for $19 to watch G.I. Joe: Retaliation.