Lenovo Cast – DLNA and Miracast, but no competition for Chromecast and FireTV.

Posted on 28 May 2015, Last updated on 23 February 2019 by

Having done some research into casting under Windows recently (it’s improving a lot in Windows 10 – read more here) I was interested to read about the new Lenovo Cast product. According to the spec sheet (below) it’s just a DLNA and Miracast unit which is a flexible choice for Windows 8 users but as a heavy Amazon Fire TV user I know that on-stick apps/streaming and a remote control can be easier in many cases. There’s DIAL too. Windows 10 supports this remote-app startup protocol so why doesn’t the Lenovo Cast have Lenovo apps (or Windows 10 IoT + apps?

Lenovo Cast. $50 DNLA + Miracast 'puck'

Lenovo Cast. $50 DNLA + Miracast ‘puck’

Lenovo Cast specifications:

  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4 Gha and 5 Ghz (2*2, 300 Mbps max)
  • HDMI 1x micro HDMI (female), HDMI 1.3
  • USB 1x micro USB (female)
  • Response Time: Latency< 200 ms
  • HDCP HDCP:2.0
  • HDMI-CEC: Yes (equipment control over HDMI)
  • Resolution: Up to 1080p
  • Miracast Support: Yes (version not given. There’s no mention of Intel WiDi)
  • DLNA Support: Local Video/Picture/Audio and DLNA enabled 3rd party video app
  • Power Input: DC 5V 1A~2A (request)
  • Power Consumption: < 500 mA
  • Weight: 50g
  • Dimensions: Diameter: 70 mm (2.76 in.)
  • Height: 15 mm (0.59 in.)
  • Max Distance: 2.4G 5m when on 1080p display(max) 5G 15m when on 1080p display(max)
  • Accessories Included: USB Cable: 1M, USB to micro USB (male) (No PSU is mentioned)
  • HDMI Cable: 1M, HDMI cable male to micro (male)
  • Bracket: Support’s Lenovo Cast on back of TV

The Verge have reported support for ‘Google Cast standard for Android and Chrome’ but I’m not quite sure what that means because there aren’t any streaming apps running on the device itself.

It seems to me that we should be waiting for Q3/Q4 for new casting soltuions for Windows 10 and my money is on a Microsoft product that will do it right. It would be the perfect showcase for Windows 10 IoT and DIAL. Before that arrives though we should wait for Google I/O which starts today because there’s certainly room for improvement with Chromecast and some are predicting that Google will announce a new one at the event. We’ll be tracking it so drop back to UMPCPortal again soon.

Specs via Lenovo PDF. (Now unavailable.)

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