Daily millions of people around the world simultaneously use monitors and laptop displays to view different content on large screen. It greatly simplifies work with the computer and improves the user experience in general.
Many people like to use a configuration with two monitors, which provides a wider overview, additional navigation and toolbar. The second display is the perfect assistant in this regard.
MacOS and Windows 10 are excellent compatible with such a configuration, since you allow you to experience the settings for each display and easily connect and play without any restrictions.
Unfortunately, there is one problem: annoying HDMI Cable! Yes, HDMI is a reliable standard, however, agree, sometimes I would like to connect another display to your laptop or PC without connecting these annoying wires.
When connecting any monitor, you need to get to the HDMI connector on the rear panel of the device, connect the other end of the cable to the laptop and make sure that it does not interfere - all this, of course, extra effort.
Even if you just want to connect your computer / laptop to the TV, then do it on a wireless network without resorting to various hacker pieces is quite difficult (in most cases).
To date, several wireless monitors are available on the market, since most manufacturers of displays are in no hurry to master this technology, which is why the choice is rather limited.
Good news: There are many different additional products that will help connect various devices to the monitor or TV on a wireless communication, so that you can translate or duplicate the image on Large screen Without the use of wires.
If you are ready to sacrifice some modern features to get a fully wireless monitor or want to use a separate accessory, today there are several excellent options on the market. Below we will talk about the best wireless monitors and accessories available on the market right now.
Dell's wireless monitor line, first introduced in 2017, continues to be the best on the market. This is one of two monitors that I can really recommend for those who are looking for a display with wireless connectivity already built in.
When it comes to buying the best wireless monitor on the market, there is nothing better than the 23-inch model of the Wireless Connect line, called the Dell S2317HWi.
Before delving into the wireless capabilities, it is important to talk about other technical features of this display. Unlike various receivers (which we will discuss below), Dell's line of wireless monitors has a lot to offer in terms of image quality, color reproduction, response speed, brightness and more.
It's not enough for a monitor to be wireless - it has to be good. So, the main question is this: does the S2317HWi meet all modern requirements?
Yes and no. The display features a 23-inch 1080p IPS panel. Thus, you should not expect the highest image detail from this monitor. 1440p and 4K models are becoming more and more popular, but in this price range it will be quite difficult to find a monitor that fits the bill.
The display itself looks amazing: it is worth noting the thin frame and a beautiful panel at the bottom, on which the device's components are located. Unfortunately, the brightness leaves much to be desired (peaking only 250 cd/m2), but the monitor is well suited for general office use. As for the screen material, it is slightly glossy, with a reflective surface on the top.
We note excellent color reproduction, but its accuracy is not the best. Anyone who uses the display to watch movies or surf the web will likely be happy, but if you want to do something more serious, whether it's video editing, photo editing or graphic design, you should look into other models.
Thus, in terms of technical characteristics, this is an ordinary monitor, as the price of the device tells us. Greens tend to be distorted, but blues and reds tend to look good. We note a pretty good response time, especially for a monitor that is not intended for gaming.
In terms of ports, the monitor has one HDMI connector, two USB 2.0 ports, an audio output and… that's it. There is no VGA support here, but the main drawback is the lack of USB 3.0.
The monitor was released in 2017, so we can ignore the lack of USB-C, but the fact that it does not have USB 3.0 is just ridiculous. This type of connector was already commonplace at the time (and even earlier), and it's really disappointing.
Now it's time to talk about the wireless capabilities of the device. The S2317HWi uses two different wireless communication methods to improve your workflow.
First, Wireless Connect, which provides signal transmission from a laptop to a monitor. The model is capable of supporting up to two devices simultaneously. Thus, it is possible to broadcast the display of a smartphone and a PC wirelessly.
This allows you to use picture-in-picture mode on your phone and PC at the same time. However, there are several limitations.
- To stream from a PC wirelessly, you need a Windows 7, 8.1, or 10 computer with at least 4th generation Intel i5 or i7 processors. If your laptop is running MacOS or Chrome OS, then we have bad news because the monitor only supports Windows devices.
- To display content from a smartphone, you need a device running Android 5.0 or later. However, this is not the hardest part; The hardest thing to find is a modern Android phone that supports Miracast. This is a wireless multimedia signal transmission standard that was popular in the early 2010s, but the launch of Google Chromecast and Cast and Home in 2013 resulted in a reduction in the use of Miracast on new devices. Thus, iOS devices are also in flight here.
However, setting up wireless image transmission is actually quite simple. First you need to download an application from the official website Dell, install it on your device, and then remains to select "Wireless Monitor" from the list.
After that, you will see that the image starts displaying on the display, and you can easily view and manage your computer using a wireless connection.
We do not recommend using the wireless connection of the monitor for gaming PCs, as the response time is too low. However, no problems when performing conventional daily tasks and watching movies on Netflix, it will probably not arise.
Finally, we must mention another pleasant addition to the monitor. In addition to the fact that it is able to transmit an image over a wireless network, the model also includes Wireless charging Qi, located at the base of the device.
So, is it worth buying Dell S2317HWI? If you do not particularly take care of the resolution and diagonal of the screen, this model is very solid (despite the fact that it has been released almost 5 years ago).
Yes, there are several drawbacks here, but this is one of the best monitors with wireless connection capabilities, and the lower stand with a wireless charging makes the model even more interesting.
Unfortunately, to justify the purchase of this display, given its age, it becomes increasingly harder and harder. Dell stopped the production of the Wireless Connect line due to bad sales, so the appearance of new models is not worth waiting for the emergence.
However, Dell S2317HWi deserves a bold plus, because even several years later, this is one of the few monitors on the market that offers full support for wireless connection.
- A sufficiently low-cost monitor.
- Complete Miracast support.
- Beautiful beamless design.
- USB 2.0 ports.
- Problems when connecting modern smartphones.
- does not work with Mac.
Samsung SMART Monitor M5 and M7
Over the past few years, it has become quite difficult to find a truly wireless monitor, but the world-famous Samsung has, what can I offer.
The new line of monitors released in December 2020 does not quite meet all the requirements of the standard wireless monitor, but these two models are the best that we have seen since the display of the display with the Miracast technology we talked about above.
If you need a monitor with wireless connection capabilities to view the multimedia content, or the device, ideally suitable for products from Apple, M5 and M7 - what is needed.
The screen diagonal of both monitors is 32 inches, and M5 offers a standard 1080p resolution, and M7 - 4K UHD. In addition, the models are equipped with similar base functions such as the VA panel (instead of IPS, the maximum brightness of 250 threads, at least two USB ports on the rear panel and support HDR.
In general, that M5 is that M7, - standard monitors offering everything you need to date without any special bells.
Speaking of differences, M7 is equipped with several additional ports, including quick USB-C, which is able to feed, display content and transmit data using one cable.
However, it is worth noting that if you are looking for a truly excellent monitor, then these models may seem rather media compared to other market options.
Developers from Samsung wanted to focus the attention of users on smart device functions. It is about them that we will tell right now.
The M Series are offered two wireless standards: AirPlay 2 and Dex support:
- AirPlay is just a raisin, even if in Samsung Advertise the function as strong as their own dex service. If you have MacBook, iPhone or iPad, then broadcast the image on this monitor for wireless communication is simpler. If you just want to connect your MacBook Air on a wireless network or view Netflix from your iPhone on Big Screen, Monitors M5 and M7 are the perfect option.
- Dex mode is designed for those who already have a device from Samsung. This is software for desktop PC, which runs from the phone or tablet. In essence, Dex is one of the best brand developments over the past few years.
If you have a Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, Note 20 or Galaxy Z Fold 2, then you can use all the advantages of the content of the content of the content using Dex.
The mode works only in a pair with a mobile device, so it is possible that it is not exactly what you are looking for, however, if you basically use your monitor to view web pages or creating documents, M5 and M7 - what is needed.
The M Series also includes the remote control of the remote control (which we do not often see in monitors) and access to the software The provision of Samsung Tizen, which offers a number of intelligent applications, such as Netflix, Hulu and Disney +.
Although there is still no monitor on the market with the possibility of wirelessly connect on all devices, it is pleasant to see that another company is trying to bring something new.
S2317HWI from Dell leads here, largely due to the wider support of Windows-based laptops compared to Mac.
- Smart application.
- Wireless Dex support is limited.
Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter
Unfortunately, very few wireless monitors on the market Windows compatible, so we suggest paying attention to additional accessories. A good option is the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter TV adapter.
The device, in fact, is designed for use in the office - in the product description, it is mentioned about the possibility of bringing a meeting to a substantially new level by using a gadget to display all sorts of office documents and presentations On the big screen. However, this does not mean that you cannot use the adapter for normal purposes.
In fact, the second iteration of Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter is one of the cheapest ways to equip your home with wireless technologies, but is it worth it? Or better to stay on HDMI?
Let's start from the very beginning. Unlike Dell's monitor, which we looked above, there are not many possibilities in terms of hardware.
The adapter is quite ordinary, made in elegant black design and has two small plug connected by the cord. When carrying it in a bag or for conventional storage, it must be copped with two additional details (for additional security).
On one side there is a small Windows logo, but the rest of the adapter is quite modest. At one end of the plug, the HDMI connector is located, and on the second - the usual USB-A.
Here everything is simple: HDMI connects to the rear of the monitor or TV, and USB to any standard charger.
Perhaps the main advantage of the adapter is that if the device supports the underlying technology, you do not have to upload software or something else to work.
As in the case of a Dell monitor, the adapter supports Miracast. Thus, the gadget is automatically compatible with any device with Miracast.
In theory, it is great because most laptops, desktops and Windows-based tablets, as well as Android devices, have full support for Miracast.
However, it is worth noting that the Miracast support on Android gradually decreases, and Apple products are not compatible with the standard, which remains only one option: Streaming with PCs on Windows.
If you use a Windows-based computer, Miracast is typically embedded in the system (if the device is not too old). Check it simply:
- Press the key combination Win + P.
- The menu opens on the right. If the "Connect to Wireless Display" option is at the bottom, then your computer supports Miracast.
If there is no such option, then you will not be able to use the adapter, so before buying you should always check the compatibility of your PC.
After connecting the adapter to a computer, you can automatically connect it to the display. Thanks to the small size of the device, this process should not be a problem.
After connecting the adapter, use the Connect application (wireless display) on your PC for synchronization with a TV or monitor.
If we talk about using a wireless display to view web pages, you are unlikely to see a significant decrease in frame rate. In the event of a good connection to the Internet, the delay between the computer and the monitor should not be more fragmented.
Video playback is also good, however, we do not recommend using adapter for cutting games from a laptop to a TV.
However, just about 4,000 rubles - this is a quick and very cheap way to connect to a monitor on a wireless communication.
Yes, the device is far from excellence, especially if you want to play, but in most cases using the adapter you can easily view the media system or web pages.
- is mainly without delays.
- Not suitable for games.
- Not compatible with modern smartphones and Mac.
Chromecast - Not an ideal solution, but it all depends on what exactly you want to do with your monitor, as well as if you have a suitable platform for using the device. In total, three and a half thousand rubles Chromecast - the cheapest way to connect to the monitor or TV for wireless communication.
Many probably already know about it, since it has existed for almost five years and has become popular for ease of use: you can broadcast images to the TV using a number of applications on your phone (both iOS and Android.).
Chromecast is primarily designed to work with smartphones or tablets, but it is optional! Chromecast, as follows from the name, works directly with the Chrome browser.
If it is installed on your laptop or PC, you can transmit the image on Chromecast, regardless of whether it is connected to the monitor or TV.
To do this, just open Chrome on any device compatible with it. To display the display, you need to perform only a few steps in the Chrome browser:
- Open the browser settings by pressing three points in the upper right corner.
- A context menu will open, where from the drop-down list you need to select the "Broadcast" item.
- Near the source selection item, click on the triangle, and then the "Broadcast of the Desktop Content".
It works independently of the platform and automatically displays content on your display while you use the network with Chromecast.
Nevertheless, it is important to remember some restrictions. You cannot add a second screen using this technology, so limited only by displaying the contents on the device.
Some websites such as YouTube or Netflix have built-in CAST support, which is much more convenient if you want to just see some movie or TV series on the TV.
You can forget about geyming. Yes, you can broadcast games on Chromecast, but the delay will surely disappoint. However, this device is great for wireless streaming, if only because it is compatible with any platform: Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android and even iOS.
- Compatibility with all platforms.
- The duplication function of the screen leaves much to be desired.
- You can not connect the second screen.
None of the products described above could not boast full compatibility with Apple Mac and MacBook Line. The Wireless Connect series monitors from Dell and Microsoft adapter are designed to use with Windows-based devices, and the Google Cast platform, although supports Mac, needs to use the Chrome browser.
Thus, if you want to get full wireless support on your Mac without any restrictions, you should think about buying an Apple TV console.
The fifth generation of Apple TV (the newest) is available in two variations: a 4K model and an older 1080p.
Apple TV 4th generation will be suitable if you just want to broadcast the image from your laptop to the monitor or TV.
However, the new iteration of Apple TV does not just have the ability to output video in 4K format, as well as improved networking capabilities with support for simultaneous dual-band networks and more Powerful processor created by Apple.
Immediately after connecting the console to your device, you will receive full support for the AirPlay function, which can be enabled by simply pressing the corresponding icon in the upper right corner of the MacBook display.
AirPlay has full support for wireless duplication of the screen, and may also denote the monitor as the second screen capable of displaying any application, a set of tools, a video or a program from a computer.
Although Apple TV is designed for the TV, the prefix is very compact, so it can be easily connected to the monitor, thereby turning it into a wireless display.
Given that the remote control and the IOS database interface is not needed to automatically start duplicating the display of your laptop, you can even remove the box using it simply as a tool, not as an entertainment center.
For all these technologies, of course, you need to pay. The cheaper Apple TV model with a resolution of 1080p costs from 12 990 rubles, while a modification with a resolution of 4K increases the price of up to 14,000 rubles for 32 GB and 17,500 rubles for 64 GB.
If you want to simply beat your display on the monitor / TV, and not use applications or games on the device, 32 GB models will be more than enough.
However, more than 17,000 rubles for the prefix for wireless broadcast media system is quite a lot, especially considering that competing products from Microsoft and Google are sold at a price below 5,000 rubles.
However, it is difficult to deny the advantages of Apple TV if you already have a MacBook or MacBook Pro. The prefix is not cheap, but AirPlay works well, and the duplication of the screen is a simple and excellent solution that allows you to easily use a laptop with a monitor without any interference.
- The screen duplication functions and the addition of the second screen.
- Full MacOS and IOS support.
- Works only with Apple products.
The main task of most products of this list has been wireless streaming of content from your PC / laptop, but it is necessary to recognize that not every user with a laptop has or need In an additional 24-inch monitor.
MacOS users who have iPad can use a tablet as a second display for almost anything. If you need an additional space for toolbars in Photoshop or you want to surf the Internet on two displays, iPad is a great way to synchronize the operation between two devices simultaneously (especially if you are an Apple ecosystem user).
Duet Display is far from the only app in the App Store that can turn an iPad into a secondary display to ease your workflow.
However, the program makes it to our list due to its excellent compatibility, frequent updates, and positive feedback from users. $10 for Duet is a great deal as it's one of the best second screen apps on the App Store, backed by ex-Apple developers.
The process is pretty straightforward: using just the Lightning to USB cable that the iPad uses to charge and that comes with every Apple tablet, you simply connect it to your computer (running MacOS). or Windows 7, 8.1 or 10) and the content will start streaming automatically.
There are no restrictions here, no need to worry about Wi-Fi connection and synchronization, and screen mirroring is so flawless that you can watch 1080p video at 60 frames in second on YouTube via iPad without worrying about the frequency drop.
Yes, this is not a completely wireless way to connect to an additional screen, but if the idea of implementing a wireless display is to provide additional space for the workflow, Duet Display absolutely deserves attention.
Note the speed, as well as the fact that your iPad will always be charged, since it is connected via a Lightning cable.
- Fast and responsive.
- Not exactly wireless.
Closes our list of devices from IOGEAR, designed to transfer images from one screen to another, which allows you to display a Blu-ray player, cable a console or even a gaming system from one room to another without spending money on other gadgets.
The device is not designed for use with a PC due to its size, but it is possible to synchronize the computer and monitor at the same time while using the system.
When you buy IOGEAR, you will find three main components inside the box.
- First you will see the transmitter, designed to connect to the cable console, a Blu-ray player or a computer. Here you need to use the HDMI port on a laptop or desktop PC.
- After setting the transmitter to the TV or monitor, you need to connect Receiver. It is pretty large, the size of the router.
- Third component - Remote control, which serves to turn on and off the receiver.
Theoretically, after connecting the transmitter and receiver to the appropriate connectors on both devices, you will be ready to start broadcasting from your computer to a TV or monitor over a wireless network.
But, as always, there are several restrictions depending on what you are going to do.
- First, the PC must be equipped with a HDMI port, which is present only on modern computers. If there is such a connector in your system block, then you will almost certainly be able to use it for this system.
- Secondly, some users reported on departures when using the system, as well as loss of video stream.
- And thirdly: when broadcasting the media system, no problems should occur, but for games this device will not fit (regardless of the speed of connecting to the Internet).
This device appeared on the market more than 5 years ago, but it is quite solid, taking into account age. Unfortunately, the price also bites a little: the cost is $ 250 (approximately 18,700 rubles).
It is not suiced, given the price of the monitors described above. Ultimately, IoGear is a device, first of all intended for use with a home theater system, not a computer and monitor.
This does not mean that it cannot be used with a PC, however it is important to remember that the product may have some limitations.
- Works with all sorts of systems.
- Great for use in the home cinema.
- Not quite intended for PC.