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Analogix SlimPort HDMI Adapter review

on November 19, 2013 8:00 am

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I’ve mentioned before that I’m a cord cutter, which means I don’t really watch or subscribe to cable television. I tend to watch most of my video on the internet via services such as YouTube, Netflix, etc.  I am also an owner of a Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 7 2013 tablet, and I really like to watch online video on these devices.  I recently had the opportunity to review the Analogix SlimPort HDMI Adapter for SlimPort Smartphones. Will it be good enough to use this to output my video to my HDTV?  Let’s find out.  

Note: Images can be clicked on to view a larger size. (Also forgive my mess of cables in the photos!)

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The adapter comes in a simple package.  It is made of smooth, shiny black plastic.

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The dimensions of the cable are 8.3 in x 6.5 in x 0.5 in.  The weight is only 1.76 ounces.

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There is a microUSB port on one end and an HDMI port on the other.

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There is also a microUSB port that is used strictly for charging, which is optional. This proved to be convenient if your mobile device’s battery is low.   (There is no extra microUSB charging cable included.)Analogix-Slimport-007

Using the SlimPort adapter was a great experience. It mirrored the output of both my Nexus 7 2013 and my Nexus 4 perfectly.  Both audio and video quality was crisp, with no lag.

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The HDMI output was mirrored when moving it in portrait or landscape orientations.

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I tested this with video services such as YouTube, Netflix, Google Play Movies, and various websites in the Google Chrome browser.  I also played music with Google Play Music, Spotify, and Pandora.

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In the Google Play Movie app, the output is displayed only, not mirrored.  If you look at my phone, it says “Loading on HDMI screen”.

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The cable on the Analogix SlimPort adapter had no issues attaching to my devices even though they were in cases, which was a big plus.  The adapter was flexible and very light.

Overall, I really like this cable and find it super convenient when I’m traveling and want to display video onto an HDTV or HDMI monitor.  The only criticism I have is the the output resolution sometimes doesn’t exactly match the HD output dimensions, perhaps because the resolution of the Nexus devices aren’t exactly 1920 x 1080.  I don’t find it to be a huge deal, as it works really nicely anyway.  The Analogix Slimport HDMI adapter is available via the MobileFun website for $35.99.  You’ll find other accessories there, as well,

 

Product Information

Price:$35.99
Manufacturer:Analogix
Retailer:MobileFun
Requirements:
  • Google Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 2013
  • LG G2
Pros:
  • Convenient
  • Great quality video and audio
  • Lightweight
Cons:
  • Pricey for an adapter

Comments

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    BlondAngel says:

    How about HBO GO app? Does that work with mirroring? I had an experience a while back that my netflix app was mirrored but my HBO app did not.

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    @BlondAngel… I just tried it and it DOES work!

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    onehandclappin says:

    I am wondering if you have heard of anyone that has loaded ubuntu on their nexus devices and have used their phone/slimport/monitor as a desktop replacement? I have been thinking about running ubuntu on my nexus4 but fear bricking my phone.

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    Gigi Jacobs says:

    Dear Elizabeth,

    Please save me-I have spent 7 hours yesterday trying to mirror my LG G2 (T-mobile version) to my monitor as I use it to video commentaries and interviews. I need to be able to see the camera app that is displayed on the screen so I can make sure every one is in the frame while I’m making a video. I even bought a micro usb to HDMI with a usb split chord and it wouldn’t work. My friend says I have a Slimport type of micro usb as opposed to MLH or MHL, but I’m not sure. I see you have listed the “LG G2″ and now I’m hopeful. Is this correct? Does this work with the new LG G2 and mirrors even the field of view in a camera app?

    I would be so grateful to know before I shell out more money! And I’m exhausted from trying things that everyone recommended in blog comments and other places. I’m hoping you know.

    Sincerely,

    Gigi Jacobs

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    Gigi Jacobs says:

    Thank You Elizabeth!

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    conor morrow says:

    Hello I am looking to use this with my nexus 7 2013 and I was looking to know if it charges the nexus at the same time when watching something on it threw slimport

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    robert says:

    Someone mention on Amazon not to buy Analogix SlimPort adapter. It doesn’t fit properly in the mini usb port. He mention to get Accell Slimport fits perfect in the mini usb port. I thought help some of you since I order a slimport from china online. It was a nightmare trying to get a slimport to work on my Nexus 7 2013. It would work for 5 minutes then shut off. The product they sold me online didn’t have a name brand on it. Just make sure you do research before you buy anything.

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