Just Before Google I/O 2015 Lenovo its Chromecast competitor Lenovo cast for $49. The palm-sized hockey puck-shaped device will be going against the $35 Google’s Chromecast stick in terms of features and other offerings. The $49 casting device will be available worldwide starting August.
The Lenovo Cast works with the Google Cast standard for Android and Chrome, but also supports Windows 8.1 and iOS devices through Miracast and DLNA. It supports 5GHz Wi-Fi networks which gives a range of roughly 20 metres and mirrors content from mobile devices to TV screens in 1080p resolution. The device features a single Micro-USB port, a Micro-HDMI port, and HDCP 2.0. It also supports HDMI 1.3. It has a diameter of 70mm, a height of 15mm, and weighs 50 grams.
The Lenovo Cast can be set up in thee steps:
“First, plug Lenovo Cast into any large screen device’s HDMI port. Then link Lenovo Cast to the device’s signal. Then play and enjoy media from a DLNA or Miracast-enabled tablet or smartphone.”