Microsoft unveils its next-generation Wireless Display Adapter, priced at $49.95

Back in 2014, Microsoft introduced its Wireless Display Adapter, an accessory allowing users to wirelessly send what's on their phone, tablet or laptop - including 1080p video with 5.1 surround sound - to a larger HDTV or monitor. The adapter uses Miracast technology, and is also an Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) certified device, and it connects to a larger display via HDMI, relying on a concurrent USB connection for power.

Today, the company announced a new version of the device, which it says "brings the best features and functionality of the first generation while reducing the latency and packing it into a new form factor."

The latest model weighs just 33g and comes in a 'dark titanium' finish, and offers a wireless range of up to 23 feet (roughly 7 meters).

The new Wireless Display Adapter will cost slightly less than its predecessor, which retailed for just under $60. The new version is available to pre-order now in the US and Canada, priced at $49.95, and will officially go on sale on March 1 through Microsoft Store, Best Buy and Amazon.

Microsoft says that it plans to bring the device to other markets "soon".

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