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This article was published on September 23, 2014

Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter connects your Miracast devices to HDTVs

Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter connects your Miracast devices to HDTVs Image by: AFP/Getty Images
Roberto Baldwin
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Roberto Baldwin

Roberto Baldwin was a reporter for The Next Web in San Francisco between April 2014 and March 2015. Roberto Baldwin was a reporter for The Next Web in San Francisco between April 2014 and March 2015.

The first 10 to 15 minutes of any presentation usually involves trying to figure out which cable connects to the TV. For any Windows or Android device that supports Miracast (a peer-to-peer wireless screencasting standard) the new Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter takes the pain out of cables by mirroring your screen wirelessly.

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The $59.95 dongle connects to your HDTVs HDMI port and is powered by USB. If you don’t happen to have a USB port on the back of your TV, you can plug it in to a USB power brick like the one that comes with your smartphone.

The Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter dongle works with Windows 8.1 devices including the Surface Pro line and Surface 2, and Android 4.2.1 or later. So if you’re tired of cables and you want something that’s named after exactly what it does, Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter could be worth it if you’re tired of the which cable connects to what game.

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