Devices that work in tandem with a wide screen are now just becoming popular thanks to the release of Google’s Chromecast. Right now it’s the turn of Asus to release such a device as the company will soon be launching the Asus Miracast Dongle. This is a small stick that plugs into the HDMI port of any TV and allows any content on a mobile device to be streamed on TV.
A lot of people will notice that the Asus Miracast Dongle is similar to the Google Chromecast however they are in fact different. This Asus made device is not limited to a small group of apps and will work even if your mobile device switches to other apps or powers down its display. It allows to mirror the entire tablet or smartphone screen to the TV.
ASUS Miracast Dongle Technical Specifications
- Connection: Digital connector
- Resolution: Up to 1920×1080
- Power: Input(USB microB):DC5V/500mA, Power consumption 2.5W (Max)
- Firmware: Upgradable via FOTA, Manually firmware upgrade
- I/O Ports: USB2.0 microB, HDMI 1.3 (Male), Function key
- Wireless Technology: 802.11 a/b/g/n
- Dimensions: 111 x 32 x 11 mm (WxDxH)
- Weight: 35 g
- Compatible Model: ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7/ME173X, ASUS MeMO Pad FHD 10/ME302C, ASUS MeMO Pad FHD 10 LTE/ME302KL, Nexus 7 (2013)/ME571K/KL, ASUS Transformer Pad/TF701T, ASUS Fonepad 7 /ME372CG, ASUS MeMO Pad , ASUS MeMO Pad 8/ME180A, ASUS MeMO Pad 7 3G/ME175X
The device looks just like any USB flash drive but instead of a USB port has an HDMI port instead. There’s also a microUSB port that’s designed to provide power to the device.
Asus has released a list of devices that they say is compatible with this device which includes a couple of Asus models and some Nexus devices. They also said that it can be used with devices that have built-in support for Miracast however they are not making any promises on this yet.
The Asus Miracast Dongle is reportedly going to sell for 79€ ($106 USD) which is a far higher price compared to the Chromecast.