Microsoft launched a wireless display adapter in 2014, giving users a way to stream content from a portable device to a TV without wires. Now the company has unveiled a new model with has a new design, reduced latency, and a lower price tag.
It’s available for pre-order for $50, and should begin shipping in March.
The Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter is basically a Miracast dongle for your TV, allowing you to stream content from any device that supports the wireless display protocol, including many Android phones and tablets.
It’s also Wi-Di certified, which means it supports Intel’s wireless display protocol.
Clearly Microsoft hopes you’ll use it with Windows phones, tablets, and notebooks though. The adapter lets Windows users mirror their screen on a TV, allowing you to view the same content on the big screen as you see on a smaller device. Or you can extend your desktop, just as you could if you connected a second monitor to the HDMI port of your laptop or tablet.
The wireless adapter connects to an HDMI port on you display and draws power from a USB cable. Microsoft says it can offer a reliable connection with devices up to 23 feet away.