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12-16-2015 07:39 AM
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  1. ZombieXboxBlog's Avatar
    Now I'm up and running with Windows 10 and a Surface Pro 4, I'm intrigued by being able to project my screen to my TV, especially when playing games like Spartan Strike etc. I have a cable but I think it's pretty cheap and not always reliable, plus, projecting would just be easier.

    The Microsoft adapter is pretty pricey though, is it worth the money or would a typical Miracast adapter do the same job at a third of the price? Any recommendations?

    Cheers!
    11-16-2015 04:18 AM
  2. GatsbyGlen's Avatar
    I already have a Roku, so I use it. The SP4 works well with it.
    11-16-2015 07:18 AM
  3. ZombieXboxBlog's Avatar
    Funnily enough I have a NOW TV box, anything I could side-load onto that? I'd like a dongle or whatever I could take with me ultimately though...
    11-16-2015 07:24 AM
  4. Kevin Rush's Avatar
    I would like to hear what people think and use too.

    When traveling, (Hotel Rooms) I use a mini display port to HDMI adaptor and a 10 foot HDMI cable with my SurfacePro 2. Works perfectly.
    11-16-2015 07:48 AM
  5. dgr_874's Avatar
    I bought two last night at Best Buy as they have them for half off right now ($30 instead of $60).

    I have had nothing but trouble with them. Initially i was able to connect with my 1520 running the developer preview. I then tried to connect my surface pro and the screen would say "connecting to surface pro" and then go black. The TV was still on and my surface pro showed connected but nothing would come up on the screen. This happend for several hours while i did some troubleshooting.

    To make a long story short, apparently both my less than 24 month old TV's have an issue where once you connect, you have to refresh the HDMI port to get it to display a picture. I have to connect through the adapter, then switch to a different input, and then switch back to HDMI hopefully before it disconnects me. Annoying enough that I may take them back as my original intention was to stream live TV from the XBOX One through the smartglass app so i could be ready for when Microsoft ditches Windows Media Center completely.

    There is another issue with this if you connect with a windows phone. If you connect to live TV with the smartglass app, the TV will play vertically through the adapter. Apparently, it auto rotates a live TV stream on the phone, but the adapter still thinks its vertical and I haven't been able to figure out how to change it. I'm going to try smartglass through an iPhone and apple TV to see if it sill displays vertically tonight.

    I think i might just go back to Windows Media Center until it dies for good.
    11-16-2015 08:34 AM
  6. Dan Harris's Avatar
    The NowTV box doesn't support Miracast unfortunately, I have one as well as a Roku Stick (Which does have Miracast Support)

    Also, if you have an Xbox One you can use that as a Miracast receiver too (Instead of the MS Wireless Display Adapter), I've had good luck with that and my phone. My general experience with Miracast isn't great, and if you don't mind the wires then a cabled solution is the most reliable.

    I don't know how well Miracast would work for fast paced games like Spartan Assault/Strike because there's noticeable input lag when just navigating the OS - I used Miracast from my Lumia 930 to my Xbox One the other week so me and my wife could play a quiz style game from my phone but on the TV and it worked okay for that.

    I've not had as good results with my Surface Pro 3, but I've not tried Miracast with it for a while. I think any problems are more to do with the Miracast technology itself. Quite a few reviews out there talk about the mixed experience I've had. I find the Xbox One is more reliable than the Roku Stick for making a connection from my Lumia.
    11-17-2015 03:48 AM
  7. ZombieXboxBlog's Avatar
    Cheers for replies, would be a bummer not to be able to stream well. Cable is easiest - my thinking was if you cast to a TV, and then played a sort of 'pass and play' game like Talisman, it would be easier for others to follow on the TV while someone holds the tablet. Doesn't seem to be a conclusive view on whether the Microsoft adapter is worth it per se - rather people have problems with all of them!
    11-18-2015 08:03 AM
  8. dgr_874's Avatar
    The NowTV box doesn't support Miracast unfortunately, I have one as well as a Roku Stick (Which does have Miracast Support)

    Also, if you have an Xbox One you can use that as a Miracast receiver too (Instead of the MS Wireless Display Adapter), I've had good luck with that and my phone. My general experience with Miracast isn't great, and if you don't mind the wires then a cabled solution is the most reliable.

    I don't know how well Miracast would work for fast paced games like Spartan Assault/Strike because there's noticeable input lag when just navigating the OS - I used Miracast from my Lumia 930 to my Xbox One the other week so me and my wife could play a quiz style game from my phone but on the TV and it worked okay for that.

    I've not had as good results with my Surface Pro 3, but I've not tried Miracast with it for a while. I think any problems are more to do with the Miracast technology itself. Quite a few reviews out there talk about the mixed experience I've had. I find the Xbox One is more reliable than the Roku Stick for making a connection from my Lumia.
    How do you Miracast to the Xbox one? I cannot find it in my devices.
    11-18-2015 07:41 PM
  9. Mallguvner's Avatar
    I would like to hear what people think and use too.

    When traveling, (Hotel Rooms) I use a mini display port to HDMI adaptor and a 10 foot HDMI cable with my SurfacePro 2. Works perfectly.
    I'm same as you.. I have that mini HDMI with the 10 foot cable. Works flawlessly for me on my Surface 2. I also have a Jawbone that I Bluetooth if I want to just watch it on Surface and not let anyone know I'm not paying attention... :)
    11-19-2015 12:09 AM
  10. FXi2's Avatar
    I wonder if they'll make a 4k version. Of course a standard for that would need to coagulate which it seems has not happened yet.
    11-22-2015 01:42 PM
  11. ajj3085's Avatar
    I would like to hear what people think and use too.

    When traveling, (Hotel Rooms) I use a mini display port to HDMI adaptor and a 10 foot HDMI cable with my SurfacePro 2. Works perfectly.
    I use similar, its a DisplayPort to HDMI cable.
    11-22-2015 05:43 PM
  12. excalibur1814's Avatar
    We have one and, after updating the Yoga's display drivers, it worked perfectly fine. Also worked fine with a pro 3.
    11-24-2015 04:13 AM
  13. ttsoldier's Avatar
    I bought one for my sp4.

    Connects easily and no delay. Only problem is that my tv is very old and the resolution on it sucks! but the device it self works well.

    I need to go visit my parents and try it on their brand new flat screen :)
    11-24-2015 04:21 AM
  14. ZombieXboxBlog's Avatar
    Cheers for replies, all. Sounds like some people have problems, works perfect for others, might have a bit of lag that makes faster paces games unlikely so have a cable handy either way. Adapter is reduced to 35 on Amazon so might take a punt and get one!
    11-24-2015 07:35 AM
  15. tangledW's Avatar
    Now I'm up and running with Windows 10 and a Surface Pro 4, I'm intrigued by being able to project my screen to my TV, especially when playing games like Spartan Strike etc. I have a cable but I think it's pretty cheap and not always reliable, plus, projecting would just be easier.

    The Microsoft adapter is pretty pricey though, is it worth the money or would a typical Miracast adapter do the same job at a third of the price? Any recommendations?

    Cheers!
    I've had a few Miracast devices, and the Microsoft Display Store was by far the best. In more than one case, the difference was night and day.

    You can pick one up at Best Buy right now for $29.
    11-24-2015 07:52 AM
  16. ZombieXboxBlog's Avatar
    Cheers fella, I've plumped for the Microsoft stuff just because I always get wary of non-branded stuff when it comes to tech. Sometimes it's fine but when it isn't it becomes a right pain. For the sake of 10-20 I've just gone for the official version. Doing the same for a wireless gamepad adapter too.
    11-24-2015 07:56 AM
  17. orlbuckeye's Avatar
    I'm not sure about the device compatibility. It's sounds like people with Surfaces are the only ones to connect. I tried and Alienware 18 and an Acer As8950G and neither can't see it.
    11-24-2015 08:36 AM
  18. tangledW's Avatar
    Nah, I've connected with Lumia's, Androids, Asus tablet, SP3 & Lenovo laptop.
    11-24-2015 04:30 PM
  19. Kevin Rush's Avatar
    Just to clarify, which Microsoft device are people using? The Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter (rectangular)

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    or the Microsoft HD-10 Miracast Adapter (circular)

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    Does anyone have both and could compare and contrast them?

    Edit: Sorry, I am having some troubles adding the correct URLs. Still trying to get them right. You may have to do a BING search.
    Last edited by Kevin Rush; 12-01-2015 at 06:58 AM.
    12-01-2015 06:33 AM
  20. ZombieXboxBlog's Avatar
    Don't have both I'm afraid. Tested out the adapter though and it works great - played Spartan Strike on it and if there was a lag it was barely noticeable. Played Super House of Dead Ninjas and it froze up a bit every now and then but it did that on the tablet too - so would need to test it without the adapter projecting the display to know if it was affecting it or not.
    12-01-2015 08:56 AM
  21. Kevin Rush's Avatar
    Don't have both I'm afraid. Tested out the adapter though and it works great - played Spartan Strike on it and if there was a lag it was barely noticeable. Played Super House of Dead Ninjas and it froze up a bit every now and then but it did that on the tablet too - so would need to test it without the adapter projecting the display to know if it was affecting it or not.
    May I ask which adaptor you tested? The rectangular adaptor or the circular adaptor?
    12-01-2015 12:58 PM
  22. ZombieXboxBlog's Avatar
    Rectangular.
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    12-01-2015 03:51 PM
  23. Kevin Rush's Avatar
    Rectangular.
    Thank you, that is good to know.
    .
    I wish we could have some input from people who have experienced the round one and give insights to compare and contrast. The round one, Microsoft HD-10 Miracast Adaptor, has the feature to use NFC to make the connections.
    Last edited by Kevin Rush; 12-06-2015 at 07:46 AM.
    12-04-2015 10:34 PM
  24. TechAbstract's Avatar
    Bought two Microsoft Wireless Display Adaptor at BestBuy. Used on Lumia 950 XL and Surface Pro 3. Very slight delay but works great. On Lumia 950 XL, I can use it with Continuum. Waiting for my Bluetooth keyboard to come in. The screen on the Lumia 950 XL acts as a mouse.
    12-05-2015 02:10 PM
  25. anthonyng's Avatar
    Anyone using a surface3 with windows 10 insider and Microsoft wireless adapter? I'm not getting much success after trying to connect. TV goes back to ready to connect, surface3 stays black.

    Works fine with my sp3 win8.1 and 950xl
    Last edited by anthonyng; 12-10-2015 at 01:40 PM.
    12-09-2015 11:16 PM
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