REVIEW | Anycast M2 Plus Dongle | Turn your old TV into a Smart TV


The Anycast M2 Plus Dongle is the perfect budget alternative for the popular Google Chromecast to turn your old TV into a Smart TV. 

If you already got one and having trouble setting it up you can check the step by step tutorial
on how to setup anycast dongle here.

anycast m2 plus review

MY EARLY BREAKDOWN

Pros: Cheap alternative to Google Chromecast, Good build quality, Revives your old TV

Cons: Needs a little bit of effort and tinkering to setup (don't worry I made a step by step tutorial here)

Is it within Our Target Budget?: Yes!

WHAT’S IN THE PACKAGE

- Anycast M2 Plus Dongle
- Micro USB Cable for power and WiFi receiver
- Box

anycast dongle unboxing

SPECIFICATIONS

Operation Platform   - Linux
Memory                           - 256MB DDR3
CPU                           - Corex-A9 1.2G
WiFi                           - IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Function                   - DLNA / Miracast /Airpaly
HD video decoder   - 1080p 60fps
System supported   - ANDROID,IOS,MAC,WINDOWS
Online streaming   - Youtube,Netflix,Hulu Plus,IDMB,Quickflix,Etc.
Online update           - Yes
Support Video Format -  AVI/DIVX/MKV/TS/DAT/MPG/MPEG1,2,4/MP4/RM/RMVB/WMV
Support Audio Format  - MP1/MP2/MP3/WMA/OGG/ADPCM-WAV/PCM-WAV/AAC
Support Photo Format  - JPEG/BMP
Port                           - HDMI 1 * HDMI 1.4
DC                                     - 1 * Micro USB port
Power Supply           - DC 5V ,0.6-1A


FULL REVIEW

Design:

The Anycast M2 Plus Dongle is made from plastic. It's design is obviously similar to the one it's imitating, the Google Chromecast V1.

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It's construction and size is also similar to a regular flash drive. It'll fit perfectly at the back of the TV when connected through the HDMI port.

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At the bottom of the Anycast M2 Plus Dongle we have the micro USB port for power and wireless connectivity.

anycast dongle micro usb port
At the side we have the Mode button to toggle between Mirroring and Streaming modes.

You can check the Step by Step guide here for the different modes: TUTORIAL | How to use the Anycast M2 Plus Dongle | Step by Step

anycast dongle reset mode button
Attached to the micro USB cable is the wireless receiver, it will allow you to connect your Anycast M2 Plus Dongle to your Router. 

anycast dongle wifi receiver



Anycast Functionality:

There's a lot of confusing terms out there with regards to the modes (e.g. miracast, airplay, chromecast, DLNA, etc.) but it usually breaks down to these two:
Mirroring: allows you to copy the display of your screen to your TV

anycast mirroring mode
Streaming: allows you to watch local or online content from your device to your TV but still able to use your device normally.

anycast streaming mode

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VERDICT

WILL I RECOMMEND THIS?: Yes!

Our old LCD TV was collecting dust because we don't have an antenna/cable connected to it, so it's not usable at all. The initial plan is to buy a TV Box but then I realize we don't actually watch local TV and it's definitely out of Our Target Budget

So I searched for the best option and stumbled upon Google Chromecast, and again, it's out of our target budget so I had to look further. I found the Anycast M2 Plus Dongle, got enough research about it's functionality and user feedback and went on to get one. 

It's definitely one of my best purchase so far for the price point. Not only did I revive our old LCD TV but we now have the motivation to watch movies and relax. 

By the way, you can also use the Anycast M2 Plus Dongle on your existing Smart TV if your current Smart TVs software is outdated and doesn't have other apps available.

Bonus Content:

How to setup the Anycast M2 Plus Dongle - Step by Step tutorial with Demo

Anycast M2 Plus Dongle Q&A - Problems and Solutions



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Marvin Gabriel

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