Ever wanted to watch this interesting video online or show off your game scores you have on your desktop on the flatscreen in your living room? Well, you can drag your system out from your room and connect it to your flatscreen display in the living room. Or just get McTiVia. Today, we lay our hands on a unit and test out to see if it deserves its recently awarded "Best of Show Macworld 2011" by both Macworld and Notebooks.com.
There are many ways that you can display your computer's screen to a bigger screen such as your living room flatscreen television. And of course, for various different reasons such as watching online websodes, high-definition video clips from YouTube, or even gaming. The traditional method would be to simply connect your laptop to the screen with a VGA cable, or HDMI cable for newer laptops. But what about desktops? Or what if you want to go cable-free?
McTiVia might be your solution to your problems. Not to be confused with a certain dairy product, it is essentially a device that mirrors your computer's screen to your HDTV wirelessly. Which means you can view your exact desktop on your HDTV in the comfort of your living room while your computer is in another room. Sounds good? Well, it gets better. Besides just being able to mirror your desktop, it also acts as a wireless access point for your home network and you can control your desktop by connecting a mouse and / or a keyboard with the USB on the back of the device.
Even though it looks like a product made for Macs, you might be pleased to know that it works well for PC and you are able to connect up to eight different computers.
So it sounds all good so far, but is it really practical and worth the hefty pricetag? We'll find out more in the following pages but first, a quick look at the specification of McTiVia.
Taken right off McTiVia's website:
|Processor||ARM9 300 MHz|
|DRAM||128 MB DDR|
|WiFi||IEEE 802.11 b/g/n, 2T2R|
|LED Indication||Power LED|
|Power switch||Power On/Off Button|
|Antenna||2 external dipole antennas|
|Power Adaptor||5V DC, 2.5A|
|USB Port||Type A USB port *1|
10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet RJ45 Port *1
|A/V Output||HDMI 1.2|
|Mac PC Requirements|
Intel Dual Core 1.4 GHz or better
(PowerPC not supported)
nVIDIA or ATI graphic card
with 64MB VRAM or above
|Operating System||Mac OS X 10.5+|
MacBook after 2009-01-21
All series of MacBook Pro
MacBook Air after 2010-06-08
iMac or Mac Pro which meets the requirements above
|Windows PC Requirements|
Dual Core 1.8 GHz or better
(excluding atom processor)
nVIDIA or ATI graphic card with
64MB VRAM or above
|Operating System||Windows Vista, Windows 7|
120mm x 55mm
130mm x 65.3mm x 22mm