Last year Chinese device maker Tronsmart launched a wireless display adapter called the T1000. It’s a Chromecast-like device that you can plug into a TV to stream content from a phone or PC to an external display. While it’s not as simple to use as a Chromecast, it’s a versatile option since it supports Miracast screen mirroring or extended desktop functions through.
You can still pick up a Tronsmart T1000 for about $25.
But there’s a new model that offers even more features. Meet the $40 Tronsmart T2000.
The Tronsmart T2000 is also a stick that you can plug into the HDMI port of your TV. But unlike last year’s model, this stick support MHL connections. So if your TV has an MHL port, the stick can draw power from the same port it uses to display video. That means you may not need to plug in an external power cable.
Another new feature? You can connect the Tronsmart T2000 to as many as 4 devices at once. Then you can split your display into up to 4 sections, displaying content from different sources in each quadrant.
You can’t stream audio or video in split screen mode, but you can display pictures, documents, web pages, or other content.
The stick features an Actions Micro AM8251 processor, 256MB of RAM, 128MB of storage, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, 1080p HD video output, and draws power from a micro USB cable or MHL port. There’s an LED indicator light for power and WiFi status.
When I tested the Tronsmart T1000 last year I found it to be a somewhat capable little device… but it wasn’t nearly as simple to use as Google’s Chromecast. I suspect the same will be true of the T2000.
What makes Google’s Chromecast attractive is that there are virtually no settings. Just turn it on, tap a button on your phone or in your web browser, and content beams to your TV. It takes a bit more work to stream content to a Miracast or EZCast-enabled device.