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    Mirror laptop to Smart TV

    I have just purchased a 65" Samsung LED Smart TV and I would like to wirelessly MIRROR my laptop screen to this TV. I have looked at Chromecast and Miracast, but they are mainly for smart phones. My laptop has a 10" screen and I would like to mirror my laptop to my TV screen, via a wireless network, so when I am working on a Word or PowerPoint presentation, I can see it on the new 65" display!

    Any solutions?

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    Sharkey,

    Give Chromecast another look. Google on these terms: chromecast mirror pc monitor
    HTH

    Update: I just tried this and I'm wirelessly viewing Excel on my 42" Samsung TV using ChromeCast!
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    From what I have read all over the net and via youtube, Chromecast will display Movies, Music, their apps, and the web browser Google Chrome, but I have been unable to find anything about mirroring just the computer screen. If you know something different on how to accomplish this, please let me know and I will spend the $35.00.

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    Sharkey,

    I used the first Google result from the terms above to view this video and it worked as stated. HTH
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    You might be disappointed by wireless lag time or if you lower the stream quality so the lag isn't so bad, of course the picture is going to suffer all the more, exactly where and when you would like it to be perfect for such a large screen.

    I don't suppose you have an HDMI port on the laptop though. That's the way to go if you do, its instant and as high quality as it can get (unless you have a 4K TV). The trade off for perfection is the long HDMI cable.

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    F.U.N.,

    It worked just fine at highest streaming setting on my 42" TV. Granted the OP has a 65" monster but ChromeCast is so cheap (I paid $29 for mine) that it's worth a try for the wireless freedom IMHO. HTH
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    Do you get 1080P? The video I watched suggested setting it to 480P if lag or buffering, which seemed to imply it was only starting at 720P. A computer screen looks pretty bad at 720P on a big screen, video still looks ok though. I use the big screens for all sorts of computer interaction so it just might be I'm too much of a stickler on this subject as well. For occasional use it's probably no big deal.

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    F.U.N.,

    No I think it's only 720p but it is easy on the eyes in Excel which is what the OP was interested in. HTH
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    I don't know honestly, it's a long way to stretch so few pixels over so much area. Any way to try before you buy?

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    F.U.N.,

    Remember that you have to view your TV from it's optimal viewing distance. If you get up close of course it is going to be grainy. HTH
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    RetiredGeek,

    Thank you so much for the insight! I have just placed my Chromecast order! Thanks again for all the excellent info!

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    Will Chromecast work with other brands of TV? I have just got a Sony Bravia Smart TV - 55" was as big as my budget would go....!

    I would like to share both my laptop screen, or an iPad / iPhone on the screen.... how would I go about it without going out to buy another device like AppleTV..?

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    Chromecast does and will work on any TV! I purchased a book called "UNLOCK the power of your CHROMECAST" (February 2014 edition) by Aaron J. Halbert, and he "shows the way" to get ALL of the benefits from the Chromecast device! Well worth the $8.00!

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    Well, any TV with a spare HDMI port right?

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    Of course. Additionally, if you have a home theater system (or a newer DVD player) with an open HDMI port, this can work as well!

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