It's a pretty fantastic world we live in today, especially when it comes to mobile technology. Countless hours of entertainment are available anywhere, anytime, anywhere. And all this from a small device that fits in your pocket. As practical and as wonderful as smartphones are the contents on a large flat screen TV. For those who want to get more content from their tablet or smartphone than anywhere else, this big screen in the living room can make a serious sizeable thing.
So why can not you have your cake and see too? You can, thanks to the magic of reflection. A rapidly growing arsenal of devices allows everything on your phone or tablet to be mirrored from the screen of your phone to your TV. For those who want to connect the second screen with the screen that started it all, we have put together this list of the best, cheapest and cheapest options. We've done all the research for you so dive in and pick your poison.
Set Top Boxes
Chromecast ($ 35 or less) and Chromecast Ultra ($ 60)
Since Debuting in 2013, Chromecast has become the leading affordable wireless streaming device. For those with 4K UHD TVs, Chromecast Ultra offers 4K streaming in a tiny, dongular (yes, we've done the talking) form factor. What's special about Chromecast is the ability to bypass your device's internal resources with its "cast" method so you can start playing it on your device. Just click on the Cast icon and start Chromecast from there, so your phone or tablet can rest and save battery power.
Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra, in addition to delivering streaming apps, also offer near zero latency mirroring of everything on an Android smartphone or tablet, including games, photos, videos, and more. The options combine into a multitude of very cool applications. From now on, Android devices running Android 4.4.2 and later will mirror with Chromecast. some are "optimized" while others may not run as smoothly. Make sure your Google Home app has been updated, and click here for more help. As a bonus, Chromecast can also mirror everything from the Chrome browser on a Mac or PC by simply clicking the Cast button in the corner of your browser, but performance varies.
If you're an iOS user, do not worry. Chromecast mirroring is not supported for content on your device, but Chromecast is great for streaming content from many popular apps like YouTube, Spotify, Netflix, Hulu, and Google Play Movies & TV. To play, just start playing in your favorite application and look for the cast icon. However, you must first download the Google Home app.
Miracast ($ 40 to 70)
While Google is making it all the more tempting to stay in its home-grown lineup, if you're an Androidian, third-party Miracast devices are also available from lesser-known companies. Miracast is a Wi-Fi certified, high resolution wireless protocol similar to AirPlay. Unlike AirPlay, however, Miracast is unique in that it does not require a Wi-Fi network. Instead, it sets up its own private streaming network via a protocol introduced with Android 4.0 called Wi-Fi Direct. The network is accessible from other local devices, but it is safe from all Internet hooligans out of its short range.
Miracast is extremely versatile and offers a variety of mirroring abilities. While it works with Android devices, it is especially useful for mirroring PCs. As with AirPlay, the Achilles heel relies on the internal resources of your device that bind it and drain the battery. Still, if Android (and especially PC) mirroring is your game, consider using Miracast-compatible devices (although we would probably only go with one of the above devices).
Some solid reputation options include the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapters and the Belink Miracast Video Adapter. Miracast is also available for use with the Kindle Fire HD on some devices, including the popular Netgear Push2TV.
Xbox One ($ 239) Xbox One ($ 300) Xbox One ($ 300 to $ 200)  Xbox One S Bundle Deals “/>
Unfortunately, the screen reflection on the Xbox One is poor a hit-or-miss offer, thanks to a series of slightly unreliable apps. The Xbox has no native mirroring capabilities. Therefore, you must rely on third-party solutions such as the AllCast or AirServer for iOS mentioned above. None of the apps is free (AirServer's Xbox app costs a whopping $ 20), and users on the Internet had mixed results. The Xbox Mobile App offers a variety of useful features, but does not include mirrors.
While mirroring is limited, it's best to stream videos with Plex from your phone to the console. Plex is available in the Xbox Store and just needs to find a quick search. You'll need to download the Plex app on your Android or iOS phone and sign up for a Plex account if you have not already. To take full advantage of the app, you need a paid subscription. You will also need to pay a one time activation fee for your device. If you only use Plex to stream files stored directly on your phone or tablet (instead of being stored on a Plex server), you can log out and instead stay in trial mode. Plex is a great solution for those with large digital libraries, but those who prefer streaming services need to access it directly from the Xbox.
PlayStation 4 ($ 290-plus), PS4 Pro ($ 400), and PlayStation 3 ($ 100-plus)
Unfortunately, none of Sony's game consoles – including the PS3, PS4 or PS4 Pro – via native mirroring capabilities. While there's an official PlayStation smartphone app that lets you control your PS4 and remotely search the PlayStation Network, that's all it can do. Instead, users must resort to third-party options. Plex is probably the best bet here, like Xbox. Other options, such as R-Play, allow you to do the opposite of the phone mirroring, d. H. Play from your Playstation to to play your phone for iPhone. If you have an Android phone, there are more complex ways to get R-Play, but it's not yet available on the Google Play Store and we can not vouch for its quality or profitability.