Asus WiCast EW2000

The Good Easy wireless HDMI streaming; works on any laptop (or other HDMI-enabled source); streams Blu-ray movies.

The Bad Clunky; requires power cables; image quality is average; Blu-ray streaming requires you to turn off the laptop display.

The Bottom Line As an alternative to Intel's built-in Wireless Display, the Asus WiCast is both easy to use and works on nearly any laptop--but it's also cumbersome and includes some DRM limitations.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
7.7 Overall

Review

Asus WiCast EW2000

Getting PC content onto the more communal viewing screen of the living room TV has always been a challenge. Media Center PCs, which plug directly into your home theater setup, take up space and are necessarily tethered to a single location; media streamers and hubs only work with a subset of content, and can't handle games or social networking. Plugging your laptop directly into the back of a TV isn't always convenient, especially if you want to still access the keyboard and touch pad at the same time.

One common-sense solution is to find a method of wirelessly transmitting the video output from your laptop to any nearby television or monitor. Current laptop-focused choices in this area include Intel's Wireless Display and wireless HDMI boxes such as the Asus WiCast W200 and HP Wireless TV Connect (the latter two being essentially identical).

We've been reasonably positive about Intel's Wireless Display technology since its introduction earlier in 2010, but the platform has a handful of major issues keeping it from being a tool mainstream users will embrace.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $200
  • Brand Asus
  • Model EW2000
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