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Review of the Week – X-Mirage for Windows

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In this weeks review I am testing out X-Mirage which has recently been released for the PC. X-Mirage is an AirPlay receiver which allows you to mirror your iOS device(s) to your PC or Mac Screen. Currently X-Mirage costs $16 USD for both the Mac and PC Version and supports iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S and iPod touch (5th generation).

X-Mirage – On Test

Upon starting X-Mirage on my PC there is a handy guide to quickly connecting your iOS device(s) to the software. X-Mirage Welcome Screen Following this guide instantly connects your iPad etc to the software and displays your screen on your PC. Scrolling through my iPad was extremely responsive so I decided to play Real Racing 3 which gives you full control ie swivel and tilt. There was a little lag at times but again this is minimal and the game was playable and could simply be down to your wireless network. Graphically, the software was adequate in comparison with the mac version but again this is down to the quality of your graphics card.

Recording – I used the inbuilt one-touch recording feature to record my Real Racing 3 race. The video playback and sound quality was excellent, exporting the file to a popular MP4 format which is playable on the majority of devices. Within the video converter screen you can adjust the settings to export the video to a different resolution.

X-Mirage iPad Mirror

Mac to PC – If you own a Mac and a PC you can mirror your Mac desktop on to your PC or even extend your Mac’s desktop which is useful if you need the use of multiple screens. Unfortunately as yet you cannot mirror or extend your PC desktop on your Mac.

X-Mirage -Extend Desktop

Another noteworthy option is being able to password protect X-Mirage to prevent unauthorised access.

Rating: 4/5

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Highly Configurable
  • Excellent Video Exporting Features
  • Easy One-Touch Recording
  • Lifetime Technical Support and Free Updates
  • One-off cost

Cons

  • Interface not as polished as Mac Version

Summary

X-Mirage having been on the Mac for a while are indeed capturing the market with the PC version. There are many uses for it. You can record game tutorials to upload to YouTube or your blog, record from your iOS device to use in a presentation or just play games on a bigger screen the options are endless and for some this is a true time-saving tool.

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