Asus challenges Chromecast with Miracast Dongle


— 9:17 AM on November 14, 2013

Google's $35 Chromecast dongle is pretty neat. Plug it into your TV, and the thing will stream content from all kinds of devices, including smartphones, tablets, and even desktop PCs. Now, Asus has developed a similar product, complete with its own cheesy promo video:

The simply named Asus Miracast Dongle has a few notable perks, including reliance on the Miracast wireless standard rather than Chromecast's proprietary mojo. Asus' software allows streams to continue even when the broadcasting device switches to other foreground apps or powers down its display. The Asus dongle also has dual-band Wi-Fi support, a step up from the single-band Chromecast implementation. As a result, Asus' solution may deliver a smoother experience in crowded wireless environments.

According to the product page, the Asus dongle is only compatible with a handful of the company's own devices, including several MeMO Pad models, one Transformer, and the latest version of the Nexus 7. Streaming from a PC doesn't appear to be an option. There's no official word on the pricing, either, although Talk Android suggests the dongle could sell for around $100. That seems a little steep given the price of the Chromecast alternative.

Even though I have a full-fledged PC hooked up to my television, I'm thinking of picking up one of these streaming dongles eventually. There's something to be said for linking mobile displays to bigger screens.

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