Asus Miracast Dongle mirrors your phone, tablet screen on a TV

Asus is launching a device designed to let you view content from your phone or tablet on a TV. It’s called the Asus Miracast Dongle, and it’s kind of like a wireless HDMI cable — plug the stick into your TV, fire up a video, game, or presentation on your mobile device and it will also show up on your TV.

It’s kind of like the Asus answer to Google’s Chromecast, but it’s not limited to a small group of apps, doesn’t work when your mobile device is turned off, and costs more.

The Asus Miracast Dongle is expected to sell for €79 in Europe, which is a bit more than $100 US.

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The device looks a bit like a USB flash drive, but it has an HDMI connector where you’d normally find the USB port. You can plug it straight into any TV or monitor with an HDMI port.

There’s also a micro USB port for power. The device features 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi support and can output resolutions up to 1920 z 1080 pixels. It measures 4.4″ x 1.3″ x 0.43″ and weighs 1.2 ounces, making it small enough to fit in your pocket.

Asus says the dongle works with the latest Asus MeMO Pad, Transformer Pad, and FonePad models, as well as the 2013 Google Nexus 7 tablet. It may also support other mobile devices with built-in support for Miracast, but Asus isn’t making any promises.

If you’re looking for a cheaper option, a number of Chinese companies are offering Miracast dongles for under $30 these days… but it’s best to set low expectations for build quality, performance, and support when ordering that type of device. Hopefully Asus can do better.

  • ned

    Do these things work with projectors also? I’d love to be able to do powerpoint by only carrying one of those sticks and my smartphone. Is it even possible to use it through a hdmi to VGA adapter, for those places that have VGA only projectors?

    • grfrog2

      If the projector has hdmi in and you have somewhere to plug in the power near, you should be good to go.

      • Silky

        I do see why it might not work. The adt. is most likely powered by the 5v on the HDMI port. Analog VGA port will most likely not have the power.

      • Jb

        I just tried convert my miracast dongle output (connection to TV/Monitor) from HDMI to VGA with an adapter and nothing. I think you are correct, power is the problem. My HDMI to VGA adapter doesn’t have its own power supply but there are adapters with their own power supply which im going to try soon

      • Prospector

        So did you try it?

      • Halmo

        I just saw this post. The device works fine with a projector with HDMI input and a nearby power source. I used my device to mirror a Nexus 7 screen for a class I taught on using the Nexus 7. I use it at home to play anything I can get on my Nexus 7 on the TV. I also have a Cbromecast that I got first, but it is more limited than the Miracast, so I don’t use it unless I want to cast from a computer.

  • Roger Jennings

    It looks more like a conventional Android MiniPC to me, similar to Actions-Micro’s EZCast dongle.. Limiting supported devices to ASUS only is worse than Google’s whitelisting a few content sources, IMO.

    • Michael Thompson

      This ^

      • Sven Johannsen

        I wouldn’t assume it is ASUS specific, though they don’t make promises. Miracast is a standard, and if properly implemented, it should work with any Win8 device that has WiFi. It is natively supported on that side. The available Miracast receiver scene is a bit slim though it seems. Might just have gotten a little better, though not any cheaper.

  • max curti

    Hello everybody,
    I purchased the dongle 1 week ago and i connected my Asus Memopad HD7, it works well, i can share the tablet wdisplay with my TV but i can not see the Google Movies on my TV. When i play the downloaded movie i can see the video on my tablet but i see a black screen on my TV, i can hear only the audio from my TV.
    It’ s very strange because i’m abile to sede my custom video on the TV using the Miracast Dongle.