Earlier today, I wrote about Tronsmart T1000 Mirror2Tv, a $30 Wi-Fi Display adapter that can mirror the display from Android, iOS, and Windows devices and computers to your HDMI TV via Wi-Fi, and I’ve been informed a somewhat similar device called AIRTIME had a very successful Indiegogo campaign albeit selling for over $100 including shipping, and with shipping expected for May 2014, so I decided to have a closer look.
AIRTIME specifications have not been fully release, but we still get some information:
- Processor – ARM @ 1GHz
- System Memory – 512MB RAM
- Wi-Fi – 802.11 b/g/n
- Video Output – HDMI 1.4 with CEC and MHL – Up to 1080p resolution
- Audio – 2 channel stereo with variable bit rate, work in progress for surround sound 5.1 support
- USB – 1x micro USB for power, 1x USB host port for accessories
- Power Consumption – About 500ma @ 5V via MHL or USB.
AIRTIME currently works for Windows, Mac and Linux computers, and Android may be supported at a later stage. Beside display mirroring, the main differentiating features are extended desktop support (using your HDMI TV as a second independent display), multiple screen support, and PC to PC support. To provide optimal quality, the system uses adaptive encoding for a given task: low response time for gaming, maximum quality for presentations, and a large buffer for video playback.
AIRTIME needs a computer with at least a dual core 1.6Ghz CPU, 1GB RAM and 100 Mbps Ethernet or 802.11g Wi-Fi to work, but a computer with a dual core CPU @ 2.8Ghz, 4GB RAM, and Gb Ethernet or 802.11na Wi-Fi is recommended for optimal performance. You won’t need to connect anything to your PC, you’ll just need Wi-Fi or Ethernet, and the dongle connects to the HDMI port of your TV.
The company compared AIRTAME against ChromeCast, Apple TV, and Miracast, and it does seem to have a few advantages, except it lacks support for Android and iOS devices. Compared to EZCast systems, it supports Linux, extended desktop, multiple screens, and PC to PC screen sharing.
A $89 pledge will get you one AIRTAME dongle, with $15 extra for shipping if you live outside Denmark. As mentioned above, delivery is expected for May 2014, so you’d have to be patient.
Beside the Indiegogo page, further information should eventually find it way to airtame.com.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.