1

The Best Wireless Monitors (and Accessories) – November 2018

Posted by William Sattelberg on November 17, 2018

We live in an increasingly wireless world, where cables and cords are quickly beginning to go extinct for millions of users. The new iPhone X you just picked up no longer has a headphone jack, with the alternative being AirPods or other Bluetooth-friendly headphones, and considering the addition of wireless charging, you aren’t sure how much longer your Lightning port will be here to stay. When you want to playback content on your television, you turn to your phone to use Airplay or Chromecast to beam Stranger Things or The Handmaid’s Tale from your phone to your tablet, instead of getting up to plug your laptop into a device. The PS4 can stream wirelessly to a Playstation Vita if you happen to have one lying around, and for PC gamers, Nvidia’s GameStream allows you to use your gaming PC to stream to your laptop, tablet, or television to play wherever you need to be.

In this world of wireless technology, one piece of the puzzle seems to remain that doesn’t make quite as much sense. Everyday, millions of people use computer monitors with their laptops to display content on their screens at larger sizes, which makes it far easier to produce visual content, like photo manipulation or video editing. Others use external monitors as a way to add a second screen to your setup, keeping utilities and tools on wide side of the setup while using your mouse to work between the two displays. Both MacOS and Windows 10 handle external and additional displays well, allowing power users to change the settings of each display while simultaneously keeping it easy for anyone with a computer to plug and play without frustrations.

Unfortunately, there’s one problem: that pesky HDMI cable still exists. HDMI is a solid standard, with support for video and audio over a single cable, but sometimes you just want to wirelessly transmit your display from your laptop to a second monitor or television without the hassle. Finding the HDMI plug on the back of the monitor, plugging the other end to your laptop, making sure the cable isn’t in the way of the other products on your desk—it’s all a hassle. Even if you’re just trying to stream your computer to a television, it can be a real pain to find a way to do it wireless without resorting to some frustrating hacks.

So, let us be your guide into this brave new world. Wireless monitors are slowly becoming a viable product on the market, which means there are real products online today you can pick up that have wireless capabilities built directly into them. Unfortunately, the display market as a whole has been slow to adapt to the wireless future, instead remaining steadfast in their hopes of a wired world. Here’s the good news: in addition to a lineup of wireless markets, there’s a decent selection of aftermarket products that can help turn your monitor or display into a fully-wireless product, able to mirror or stream your computer display on a larger screen without dealing with wires. Whether you want to spend a few hundred dollars on a new wireless monitor, or you’re looking for an adapter to turn your existing monitor into a wireless one, we have you covered. Here’s our guide to the best wireless monitors and products on the market for November 2018.

Everyone else

One thought on “The Best Wireless Monitors (and Accessories) – November 2018”

Lawrence Cargnoni says:
Nicely written. Thank you. I’ve just recently got the bug to untether from my old VGA monitor and was surprised by the lack of offerings. Your article provided a solid overview/intro on the subject. I’m surprised there are not more offerings. I’d love to have the ability to cast to 2-3 monitors simultaneously without wires. The Miracast solution seems rationale, however, I’ve observed that many monitors on the market today don’t offer USB (which is needed to power the Miracast device; rather USB offered on the sized monitor/price point). A wireless docking station would be work for me too if anyone has pointers…
Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *