Actiontec ScreenBeam Mini 2 Review

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Actiontec ScreenBeam Mini 2

Recently, Actiontec announced their ScreenBeam Mini 2, their follow-up to their ScreenBeam Wireless Display device.  Now in a much smaller package, it was developed to enable users to transmit any application to a HD device with an HDMI connection.  The ScreeenBeam Mini 2 utilizes the Intel WiDi specification, a solution to make using Miracast more convenient.  The ScreenBeam Mini 2, will transmit over the industry standard 2.4GHz, and the less congested 5GHz bands.

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Once the Actiontec ScreenBeam Mini 2 becomes available, you might find it in a retail setting.  As such the packaging is designed to catch a potential users attention.  The front of the box proclaims that it will mirror any content from a mobile device to a HD display in 1080p.  In small print, it does specify that it is for Windows 8.1 and Android 4.2.  Reading the fine print, it is not compatible with Apple products.  Currently you can find the ScreenBeam Mini 2 for its suggested retail price of $39.99 on Amazon with a one year warranty.

Actiontec-ScreenBeam-Mini2-Overview

The Actiontec ScreenBeam Mini 2, is pretty basic looking.  The front side of it, simply has the company name, and model of device on it, while on one of the ends is the HDMI connector.  The entire device measures 3.8in x 1.2in x 1/2in (L x W x H), for comparison, a Corsair Voyager GT flash drive is slightly smaller at 3.2in x 1in x 1/2in (L x W x H).

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Taking a look at the side of the device, we find a simple reset button and a micro USB port to provide power to the ScreenBeam Mini 2.  Power can be provide either through a USB port or the included AC adapter.

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Inside the box, there are very few add-ons included with the ScreenBeam Mini 2.  With that in mind, everything you need to connect the device to your TV and use it is provided.  A very simple one sheet quick start guide, micro USB cable, AC adapter, and a HDMI extension cable.

Features and Specifications

ScreenBeam Mini2 takes many of the same features of Actiontec’s award-winning, market leading ScreenBeam Pro platform, and squeezes them into a tiny form factor perfect for connecting to today’s flat-screen TVs, and at a groundbreaking low price. With ScreenBeam Mini2, you can enjoy your favorite videos, photos and movies on the best display in the house. Simply connect the tiny adapter to your HDTV and you can wirelessly display content from a compatible laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

  • Wirelessly stream all the things you love, including movies, videos, photos, music, applications, web browsing and more, directly to your big screen HDTV
  • Perfect for home, office, schools, and traveling
  • Compatible with millions of devices: Intel WiDi-ready Ultrabooks, laptops, smartphones and tablets; Miracast smartphones and tablets; devices running Windows 8.1+ and Android 4.2+
  • Supports up to full 1080p30 HD video and 2 channel stereo
  • Supports both 5GHz and 2.4 GHz WiFi frequencies
  • Share documents, presentations, and more with a projector or display
  • Use the TV as a second monitor for multi-tasking
  • Better than a media player: supports virtually any kind of online or local content
  • Works without a Wi-Fi network
  • Ultra-low latency for the best possible experience
  • USB-powered capable (Requires USB port with 5V 750mA)
  • Easy Setup…Everything you need is included
ScreenBeam Mini 2 Specifications
A/V Interface HDMI Type A Male Connector
Video Up to full 1080p30 HD
Audio LPCM, Up to 2 channels
Wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n IEEE dual band 2.4 & 5 GHz
Wireless Security WPA2, WPS virtual PBC, AES 128-bit
Content Protection HDCP 2x
Power USB or AC
Warranty 1 Year

Compatibility

  • WiDi-ready Ultrabooks, laptops, 2 in 1s, and tablets
  • Wi-Fi Certified Miracast smartphones and tablets
  • Windows 8.1+ and Android 4.2+

 

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  • Tom Newnham

    My screenbeam Mini 2 worked fine until we shut it off and then when we turned it back on it quit working. I just get the Actiontec scream. When I get a hold of support Joe tells me that I need to replace my screenbeam, kind of funny that quite a few others seems to be having the same problem and I’m sure they’re told the same thing, not too . I will replace mine with another device from another company. You would think they would figure out why this is happening and fix it.

  • Ricardo

    my third just broke 30 days before the one year warranty expiration, the second broke a few weeks after warranty expiration and my first a few days before expiration, I wonder if it was coincidence or if they are programmed to break at about one year after first used. those this has happened to others?

  • Tina

    I used mine and worked great but now I turn it on and all I get is Actiontec display, what happened?

    • Ricardo

      it probably broke down, try reset it and unplugged it and then plugged it back. how l9ng had you been using it because my 3 d3vices all booked down at about 1 year from first plugged in

  • Carl_Epple

    Also Disappointed. I bought this mini2 and found out that the screen mirroring option has been turned off on my Samsung Galaxy S5. Does anyone have a solution to get my screenbeam mini2 working. Tried Samsung and they are no help for me.

    • Nita Vaughan Lawson

      I did it very easily with my galaxy s7. Its now called smartview. See if you can download the app.

  • Kathy Ranshaw

    Very disappointed. Turns out it is NOT COMPATIBLE WITH ANY OF MY DEVICES. DOES NOT WORK WITH IPHONE. DOES NOT WORK WITH WINDOWS 7 OPERATING SYSTEM!! I have spent hours on installing and it’s all a waste of time AND money!!

  • Jose

    Just got it love it my only concern is when using for 2 hrs it got really hot but afterwards i just unplugged it when not using will see what happens day 2 ,tommorrow.LG-g4 using miracast works great! I recommend it make sure you read instructions on compatibility.

  • Elizabeth Moran

    Im so disappointed i.think mine burnt out all information know is it was working fine but every time I used it it would get very hot then one day it stop working. It just stayed stuck on the screen when first mirrored

    • Jose

      Just curious how long did you have it running before it got burnt out?

  • lisbri02

    I bought a ScreenBeam Mini 2 to connect my Samsung Note 10.1 Tablet (with Android 4.2.2) to my Vizio TV. The device connects easily to the TV but I had to spend 7 hours talking to Actiontec support and various parts of Samsung support to learn that Samsung has disabled/removed all Miracast (StreamCast) mirroring from their builds. Even after downloading StreamCast, which easily locates the ScreenBeam signal, I cannot connect because I get an error message (Dial Remote Server Failed) as Samsung has removed the ability to “enable remote display” and it stays in the default position of “Off”. A senior tech support person at Samsung told me that ALL Samsung devices have this option disabled. So, even though this product is compatible with Android, and is advertised to be compatible with the Note 10.1, it is not. ScreenBeam either needs to work with Samsung to get this option enabled or clearly state that their product is not compatible with ANY Samsung Android product including the Note 10.1 Tablet.

  • Javabri

    “Depending on the display device, this
    could cause some issues if the ScreenBeam Mini2 will stick straight out
    the back and could run into the wall. Thankfully, on the LG TV there is
    an HDMI connection on the side so this issue was not encountered.”

    On page one, you mention there is an HDMI extension cable…wouldn’t you just plug the dongle into the extension cable and then the cable into the TV so that you did not have the dongle sticking straight into the wall?

    • Steven Kean

      You are correct, that was meant to be in there, I’ll update it. Thanks for pointing that out.