Airplay is awesome. It’s one of the main reasons I use an iPhone and iPad (although that may change in the next few weeks, hint hint).Today we are going to take a look at how we can further use Airplay on Windows and OSX by mirroring our display to an Apple TV or similar Airplay receiver, such as the previously reviewed Reflector and AirServer. AirSquirrel’s were great and sent this in review so I could share it with you. Let’s get started.

Video Review

Score

8.3

Overview

What I love about AirParrot is that it does what it says. It will mirror your Windows desktop or Mac desktop to an Apple TV or another Airplay enabled device. It does it, and does it really well. By default you can send your whole desktop (and yes, if you have multiple screens you can choose between them) or you can choose exactly which app you would like to send. It can be really handy if you have a messy desktop or other private windows such as emails that you might not want to mirror. You can also adjust your quality and frame rate, to help you get smooth video if you are on a slow or busy network.

Performance

When testing I was sat right next to my access point and had the best speeds and quality AirParrot could do. And yes, the quality does take a hit, check out the video above for a demonstration of this. The quality and frame rates are not bad, there just not great either. It will certainly work for sending PowerPoints, charts, documents, websites and the such. That stuff works great, but don’t expect to be able to Mirror your PC games to the living room to game on the big screen. There is relatively poor quality and frame rate drops when pushing this style of content, and its just not practical. At the moment this could be worked on and improved, however because of physical limitations it will never be perfect. I will let you know if it changes in the future.

THE QUALITY AND FRAME RATES ARE NOT BAD, THEY’RE JUST NOT GREAT EITHER

MIRROR SEAMLESSLY USING WI-FI

WHERE CAN IT BE USED?

As you can see AirParrot has a good number of features, but where can they be used? This would be great for a convenience factor. Forget having to worry about short display cables, what type of cable and the cable mess. With AirParrot you know you can just mirror seamlessly using Wi-fi. If you know where you are going has an Apple TV or computers running Reflector or Airserver you are all set.

Pro’s

  • Low Price
  • Very reliable. Never dropped connection.
  • Wide range of uses, from presentations to showing holiday photo’s on the TV from Windows or OS X.
  • Really expands on what is already built into OS X in terms of Airplay.

Con’s

  • Framerate is not perfect. You will always drop frame when mirroring videos or generally showing anything smooth.
  • Picture is not perfect either. From a distance it is fine, but up close is not great.
  • Reliant of stable and strong WI-FI signal. Poor signal will mean poor performance.

Score

8.3

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