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Belkin Miracast Video Adapter: a more expensive but potentially worthy Chromecast alternative
The Belkin Miracast Video Adapter is a Chromecast-like dongle that may be both better and worse than Google’s own digital content consumption portable gadget.
The Miracast Video Adapter costs $79.99 and is available from Belkin (see Source link below) and should hit Amazon as well – that’s more than double what the Chromecast costs. But the device that looks just like an USB storage stick has additional powers, you may be interested in, at least for the time being.
The device is able to mirror the screen of your phone’s or tablet, thus allowing users to enjoy games, videos, photos and apps in Full HD on a big-screen TV. While the device gives buyers the option of streaming/mirroring local content from their mobile devices, it’s only compatible with devices that have Miracast support – therefore that run at least Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for some handsets, or Android 4.2 Jelly Bean for others.
The Chromecast is cheaper, on the other hand, and supports additional platforms including iOS, Windows and OS X, making it a better proposition to buyers, especially considering that Google official plans to improve its functionality – hopefully that means allowing it to stream local content – and launch it in more markets, and the unofficial plans to bring that local content support that’s important for mobile device owners.
While the Miracast Video Adapter may be the better solution for some users that want to enjoy certain content on their big screen TVs, it remains to be seen whether it’ll be able to compete against the Chromecast on the long run. Anyone interested in buying one?