LAS VEGAS--You've heard of Netgear's new--now there's competition.
D-Link announced at CES 2011 that it supports Intel's Wireless Display technology, known as WiDi, with a first product called the MainStage.
Like all WiDi-based accessories, the MainStage allows people to instantly display a laptop's (and even some desktops') screen on the big TV.
Supporting the next generation of WiDi, the MainStage is very similar to Netgear's Push2TV HD. According to Daniel Kelly, D-Link associate vice president of marketing, the reason D-Link waited until now to support WiDi is because this technology is much improved over that of the previous generation, especially in terms of latency: lag time between the laptop display and the TV is much reduced compared with before.
The MainStage sports a sleek black chassis and has a flat and tapering shape like that of a UFO. It supports TV via either an HDMI port or component ports. The MainStage is designed to be used only with a TV. This means you should only buy it if you have a laptop that has built-in support for WiDi.
According to D-Link, the MainStage is set for release in the first quarter and will cost less than $150.