We’re big fans of the Surface 2. Everything about the hardware is gorgeous. And the internals of the Surface 2 can actually run Windows decently, unlike the first-generation Surface. Which is why we’re stoked to learn that Microsoft is bringing a new accessory for the Surface family. Recent FCC filings reveal a wireless display dongle that will be coming soon.
It’s called the Surface Wireless Display Adapter and does precisely what you’d expect. Your Surface 2, Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 can broadcast their display wirelessly using Miracast. Unfortunately not everyone has a receiver built into their TV yet nor do they have a dedicated receiver. That’s going to change with the Surface Wireless Display Adapter.
The accessory is a dongle that plugs into the HDMI input of your display and mirrors your Surface 2. It does so over Wi-Fi, which is why the filings indicate support for dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n.
The Surface Wireless Display Adapter looks like it’ll come out sometime in August. Which is half a year away. The Xbox One is expected to become a Miracast receiver with a future update. However, the timeline for that update is still currently unknown.
Dedicated Surface accessory or Xbox One as Miracast receiver, which do you prefer?