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Asus Miracast Dongle: Chromecast and AirPlay rival unleashed!

The Gadget Show  Friday 15 November 2013

Asus Miracast Dongle: Chromecast and AirPlay rival unleashed!

Just when you thought there were enough ways to stream your media onto your TV, Nexus 7 maker Asus is adding another, taking on Google in the process with its own answer to AirPlay and Chromecast. Meet the Asus Miracast Dongle, a USB-stick shaped gizmo that plugs into your telly and lets you beam anything that’s on your tablet or phone straight to the big screen!

The new Miracast Dongle works, as its name suggests, through the magic of Miracast, a peer-to-peer streaming system that uses Wi-Fi, and all you need to do is just enable the setting on your Asus tablet or phone, and you can start instantly streaming anything and everything that’s on your device straight to your TV in full 1080p high definition.

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As with Google’s Chromecast, the Asus Miracast Dongle plugs into a HDMI port and is powered by micro USB, only Asus’ version isn’t just limited to a certain number of apps, as it works much like a wireless HDMI cable to share your whole screen. You can fire over anything that’s on your tablet or phone, from Netflix to games, and it’s quick and easy to share videos and photos with friends. The only downside to the Asus Miracast Dongle is that it’s more expensive than Google’s cheap and cheerful offering, as it’s expected to retail for €79 (£66), but you do get a lot more functionality for your money – although there’s currently no word on when it’s set to launch.

Asus has announced that that its dongle works with its latest MeMO Pad, Transformer Pad, and FonePad models, along with the latest Nexus 7 tablet, which means this could be a great accessory for your Christmas stocking. It may also support other phones and tablets that come with Miracast built-in, but Asus hasn’t confirmed compatibility.

Will you be grabbing an Asus Miracast Dongle to go with your Nexus 7, are you waiting to get your hands on a Chromecast, or are you happy with your Apple AirPlay setup instead? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Asus, miracast, Asus Miracast Dongle, chromecast, AirPlay, Streaming

User comments (3)

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chris

the netgear ptv3000 was the first miracast adapter..

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William

Can you tell me if there are any problems with different brands of TV

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Wilf

Will this allow Amazon Prime to be surfaced on the TV - Chromecast doesn't?

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