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Microsoft HD-10 Beams Your Lumia to Your TV

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Microsoft Screen Sharing for Lumia Phones HD-10 IFA 2014


BERLIN – Strangely enough, one of the simplest devices at Microsoft's IFA 2014 press conference also bore one of the most convoluted names. The Microsoft Screen Sharing for Lumia Phones HD-10 is a Miracast receiver that mirrors content from Lumia screens on HDTVs with minimal effort and reasonable fidelity.

Tom's Guide went hands-on with the HD-10 at Microsoft's conference and found that the product was actually as easy-to-use as advertised. By using the near-field communications (NFC) built into Lumia phones, users need only tap a Lumia 830 (also announced at the event) against the small HDMI-connected cylinder, tap a few commands and see their content mirrored on the TV almost instantaneously.

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Only Lumia phones with the Denim operating system will be able to use the HD-10's NFC capabilities, but any Miracast-enabled device (including many Android devices and Windows PCs) should work just fine by going through the standard Miracast connection process. For more info, check out the Tom's Guide article on How to Use Miracast and WiDi.

During our short time with the device, we were impressed with both the HD-10's ease of setup and its screen mirroring quality. In our experience, Miracast devices tend to exhibit significant lag and poor video quality, but the HD-10 performed well, even on a Wi-Fi network that must have been relatively packed with other products on display.

Of course, performing well for a few minutes at a press conference and performing well in a user's home are two different things, so we'll take a more thorough look at the product once it hits the market. The Microsoft Screen Sharing for Lumia Phones HD-10 will go on sale in September for €79, with a similar price and launch date planned for the U.S. market.

Marshall Honorof is a Staff Writer for Tom's Guide. Contact him at mhonorof@tomsguide.com. Follow him @marshallhonorof and on Google+. Follow us @tomsguide, on Facebook and on Google+.

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    Spoiler000001 , September 4, 2014 2:24 PM
    "Denim operating system"? Which one is that? 8.1?
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    b23h , September 4, 2014 3:10 PM
    Good point, there is no Denim operating system it's simply the next firmware release after Cyan. We were calling it Debian Red up till now.
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    Efqwef Cqawqw , September 5, 2014 6:52 AM
    When will Lenovo catch up with the ipad and give us decent resolution. It's embarrassing offering resolution that hasn't improved in 10 years.
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