After lurking on laptop circles for a year, WiDi is now showing up on more TVs. LG, Toshiba and TCL are already on board. Samsung just announced that their new TVs will support the technology.
So what is WiDi? It is short for Wireless Display technology, a technology developed by Intel that is built into Intel Core processors. It allows you to stream media content like videos, movies, music, photos, and apps wirelessly from a laptop or compatible PC to a HDTV that supports WiDi or through the use of an adapter. 3D blu-ray, HD 1080p video and even 5.1 surround sound can be transmitted over WiDi. It is quite an amazing new technology that frees you from cables. Intel has also indicated that it wants to put the technology in smartphones and tablets. So the possibilities are pretty endless and fun if you pair your laptop to a TV. You can even check emails on the laptop while streaming a movie to the TV.
Latest Toshiba TVs like the Toshiba 58L4300U and Toshiba 58L7300U are already equipped with the Intel WiDi chips built-in. If you have a non WiDi TV you will need to buy adapters like the Netgear PTV3000-100NAS Push2T, Belkin ScreenCast, or D-Link MainStage.