Have you heard, have you heard, have you heard?
Microsoft announced on Tuesday that their newest Surface accessory is available for pre-order.
What accessory? – You might ask.
Why, the new Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter, of course.
Who cares? – You might say.
Well, I’d say, you should! This nifty new gadget will allow you to wirelessly connect your Surface Pro (1, 2, or 3) to any HDMI capable HDTV, monitor, or projector – yes, you read that right AND it will allow you to share both audio and video content from your Surface Pro device. In fact, since the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter is Miracast-enabled, so it will work with any Miracast friendly device AND from up to a 20-feet away!
Sounds good, doesn’t it?
Well, it does but you may say: “who cares, I already have a Chromecast”, see post on Configuring Chromecast on Surface tablet.
Unlike Chromecast, the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter is designed to work with both Android and Windows devices. AND (yes it gets better), since the Surface has the Miracast technology built-in, you’re not limited to certain apps or content streaming; you can display everything from your device on an HDTV or monitor. This is in contrast to Chromecast that is limited to proprietary technology that only works via the Chrome browser or a limited set of apps.
The cost of this new sweet, sweet (can you tell I want one?) device is just $59.95 and can be pre-ordered via Microsoft or BestBuy.
According to Microsoft: “The Wireless Display Adapter will work with Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3 and Surface 2, as well as any Miracast-enabled PC or phone, including Android devices running Android 4.2.1 and later.“
A bit of bad news: the new Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter is reported to not work with Surface RT – sorry to Surface RT owners, BUT it does work with Surface 2 tablets.
Anyway, I’m anxiously awaiting mine – my pre-order having been placed. I especially think the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter will be useful for me with external monitors and projectors when I’m doing presentations at my day job.
We will do some major testing when we get it and report back to you on our findings.
Joanna is a former IT Director for a major public university, who gave up a high paying career to blog full time. She is proud to be a professional geek. Joanna loves all things technology and Surface tablets are her passion. She and Tim created LoveMySurface.net to help others be more productive using these awesome tablets.