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.


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.


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).


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.


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


  • 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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  • 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.