Microsoft today opened pre-orders for a $59.95 wireless display adapter that connects any Miracast-enabled device with at least Windows 8.1 or Android 4.2.1 to a HDTV, monitor, or projector.
The device connects to the HDMI and USB ports on a TV — those without a USB port can use a USB power brick — and lets users mirror what’s on their smartphone, tablet, or laptop within a 23-foot range. Internet access is not required.
It’s similar to Google’s $35 Chromecast, but does not require specific apps — you can stream anything on your device to the TV with Microsoft’s device. Chromecast only mirrors screen content from a Chrome browser, or from any Android device.
This blog post shows how Microsoft’s new wireless display adapter works. You can pre-order the device today online at the Microsoft Store or Best Buy, with a release date set for Oct. 31.