Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter v2 promises less latency


— 4:49 PM on February 17, 2016

Microsoft has been busy at work with its Surface lineup and accessories. Today, the company is releasing a new version of its Wireless Display Adapter, a Miracast-enabled HDMI dongle meant to make it easy to pair a mobile device with an external screen.

The company says the previous version of the Wireless Display Adapter was a big hit with users in cases like using a hotel's TV as a laptop screen, streaming movies directly to a TV, or using overhead projectors with a minimum of fuss. The adapter's simplicity certainly helps: connect one end to an HDMI port and the other to a USB port, and that's it.

Microsoft says the Wireless Display Adapter v2 has better latency than its predecessor and carries an Intel WiDi certification badge. The adapter can be paired with multiple devices (though not all at once), and it can work at distances up to 23' (or seven meters).

Only HDCP-compliant devices running Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 are supported by this dongle. Predictably, MS touts the adapter as an ideal companion to one of its Surface convertibles or phones running Windows 10. The dongle will arrive in March for a reasonable $50. Preorders are up at Best Buy and the Microsoft Store.

   
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