Dec 30, 2014
Screen casting is all the rage in mobile computing, and with good reason. Aerb Wi-Fi Display Dongle looks to be an option that spans platforms, and we were happy to check it out.
The review unit Aerb sent us contained the dongle, and HDMI extender, micro-USB cable and documentation. The physical pieces are mostly black, and the dongle itself isn’t too big at just about the size of other similar units. Figuring out how to get the unit going was a bit of a drag. On the first hand, it was intuitive enough with regards to removing the protective cap and connecting the dongle to an open HDMI port on the TV. I then connected the micro-USB to the open micro-USB port on the unit, and then powered it by connecting the cable to a USB port on the TV.
Then, it is a matter of accessing the HDMI port on the TV through the menu. The Dongle shows up as clearly, and depending on how one’s Android device is set up, it’s a simple matter of pairing it to the dongle via the Miracast option. As soon as this done, the device’s screen is mirrored.
In practice, the mirroring works well, and, surprisingly, the TV output mostly kept up with the device output. there were times a bit of lag occurs, and graphics got jumbled, but I was able to play games with the casting device solely used as a game controller. Youtube videos reflect well, and I like how the whole system comes together.
A big question remains… with casting options being seamless on major devices nowadays, why bother with this option. Well, it’s a one stop shop for different devices. Every OEM seemingly has a different type of casting system, and this unit somewhat streamlines the process. Further to that, the easy pairing process allows for one to switch sources efficiently.
But the most effective use I found for it is effectively reducing the need for AppleTV to stream on iDevices. having devices from different OSes is becoming more commonplace, and, as such this attribute is golden in my book. It worked well, out the box, with an iPad 2 on the latest iOS.
It’s also rated to work with Windows Desktop systems, but I did not try this out.
All in all, my biggest gripe is the documentation, which could use some work; I am told this is already in progress. As a pocketable, affordable ($29.99 via Amazon) cross-platform screen mirroring solution, this piece is quite effective.