Lenovo unveils a $forty nine Chromecast competitor
Lenovo has unveiled its personal media sharing gadget to maintain up with the Chromecasts and Roku Streaming Sticks of the world. However the Lenovo Forged differs significantly from Google’s equally named system, and never simply because it seems like a puck as an alternative of a stick. You begin by plugging it into the HDMI port of your TV or monitor (it helps HDMI 1.three) and sync up together with your WiFi community, like comparable merchandise. However from there, it faucets into your DNLA or Miracast-enabled smartphone, pill or laptop computer, to output as much as 1080P video to your huge display. That is in contrast to the Chromecast, which makes use of its proprietary (although ubiquitous) Chrome browser setting.
Whereas which may make setup a bit extra messy than Google’s dongle, Lenovo’s Forged must be a bit extra versatile. With twin frequency WiFi (5GHz and a couple of.4Ghz), the disk will allow you to forged in most codecs as much as 20 meters (sixty five ft), even by means of partitions. The DLNA and Miracast functionality additionally means loads of video, picture and sound codecs shall be supported, and you may mirror any content material from a smartphone. All that may value you $50, which is a little more than a $35 Chromecast, however the identical as Roku’s Streaming Stick and Amazon’s FireTV stick (although the latter additionally features a distant). The Forged will arrive this August concurrently Lenovo’s incoming Floor three competitor, the ThinkPad 10 pill.