Whether you're leading a routine sales call, a training session or that hoped-for breakthrough presentation to the higher-ups, why not wow them by wirelessly connecting your laptop, tablet or phone to the room's projector or large display? It's easier than you might think.
The good news: Some of the same inexpensive devices that stream entertainment media over a home Wi-Fi network -- Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku and others -- can also be used in the boardroom. The ten devices we've rounded up plug into a projector or large monitor and can mirror the display of a laptop, tablet or smartphone so you can make presentations from your own device -- and from anywhere in the room.
Some use an HDMI cable for connecting to the display or projector, while others resemble thumb drives and plug directly into to the HDMI port. Most are about the size of a pack of cards or even smaller, making them easy to take on the road. They can also, of course, be set up permanently (and unobtrusively) with a display in a conference room, and then all you need to do is walk in, tap a few keys and you're on the big screen.
The bad news: One device does not fit all business situations. Consider:
The Apple TV system just connects with MacBooks, iPads and iPhones.
Miracast and WiDi devices work with Android tablets and phones as well as recent Windows systems, but not Apple products.
Samsung's AllShare Cast Hub links only to the company's own Galaxy phones and tablets.
Chromecast works with Macs, Windows PCs, iOS and Android devices, but relies on apps rather than true mirroring for most devices.
That means that if you're really serious about accommodating all types of laptops and mobile devices, you should consider getting two mirroring devices. Otherwise, choose the one that best suits your needs.
Click through the slides for more details and what type of user each system is best for. With a multitude of choices, there's never been a better time to present wirelessly.