Price (RRP): $190
The EZCast Ultra U1 Wireless Display Receiver stream [email protected] Perfect if you have 4K content and a 4K TV.
You probably are asking why you may need this? The EZCast Ultra U1 provides four times the resolution (4K) than 1920×1080 (we call this 1K for convenience). And it is far more fool-proof than using a home network to cast to a TV or any HDMI monitor or projector.
There is quite a lot to this little black puck – technology to help make it future-proof. At least until the 8K version comes out…
Australian review – EZCast Ultra U1 [email protected] Wireless Display Receiver
- Website here
- From EZcast store US$79.99 plus US$40 shipping US$119.99
- From Amazon.com.au approx. A$190 (varies with US Dollar conversion)
- Warranty: 12-months via Amazon
- Country of Manufacture: China
- EZCast (Action Microelectronics) is a Taiwanese company (Est. 2006). It has EZCast patents in 30+ countries. It designs custom audio/video/wireless broadcast SoCs. The technology is in use by the leading router, monitor, and projector manufacturers.
What is it for?
To cast up to [email protected] HDR 2.0 audio/video to a TV/Monitor/Projector from a Wi-Fi-equipped PC, smartphone – or any transmission capable device.
What is it?
Physically it is a little black 65mm 43g puck shape with an HMDI 2.0 port, USB-C 2.0 charge port. It has a power button and indicator LED. A ludicrously short 30mm HDMI cable and a 1m USB-A to USB-C charge cable come with it.
All you do is plug the HDMI cable into a 1K or 4K TV – or any HDMI display device. Apply USB power (5V/2A required). Download the app, scan the QR code, enter the Wi-Fi password, and that is that.
Unlike Google’s Chromecast Ultra that only supports Chromecast, the EZCast Ultra U1 is almost OS and protocol agnostic.
It supports Android, Windows, iOS and macOS. That means, Chromecast, Miracast, Google Home, AirPlay, DLNA, EZAir, EZMirror and other many other content and wireless projection technologies. It is firmware upgradable so expect more functionality over time.
The device transmits its own Wi-Fi 5 AC Dual-band SSID and bridges to the home network to enable internet connection.
It also supports Google voice assistant.
Android – EXCEED
- Mirror mode you will see what you see on your phone screen – landscape or portrait
- Media mode you can playback from the photo/video gallery/music or cloud
- Web brings up a custom browser – you can use any browser in Mirror mode
- Camera accesses your rear or front camera
- IP Cameras accesses any Wi-Fi connected cameras
- DLNA connects to any DLNA server that your device has access to
- EZChannel is little like YouTube where users can search and list videos indexed by HashTags.
We found the app slightly buggy – not in a dramatic way. It is not as polished with consistent actions (sometimes it shows a back arrow and sometimes you use the Android back) and it hung a couple of times. On the whole, it worked quite well.
Windows/macOS – EXCEED
Download the app. Connect to the EZCast SSID and then bridge to your home network for internet. If your Windows device is 3:2 ratio (like the Surface Pro), then you see that size.
The app allows mirror or extend. The latter means an extra screen replete with seamless mouse control – I like that.
The Music and Video buttons default to Windows/iOS storage folders, but you can change this.
It also has a privacy section that allows you to turn off Google Analytics for the dongle.