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.
Though there are a couple of wireless monitors still on the market today, most display manufacturers have been slow to pick up on the tech, leaving very few options in terms of monitors with wireless tech built-in. Here’s the good news: 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’re willing to sacrifice some modern features for a fully-wireless monitor, or you’re willing to add an accessory to the back of your device, there are some fantastic options on the market today. Here’s our guide to the best wireless monitors and products on the market for January 2021.