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What is the Best Wireless HDMI Screen mirroring system for sharing presentations from iPads?

This article compares the most popular Wireless HDMI systems that enable iPads to present on a projector or large display in a typical meeting room.

BenQ North America
2019/11/25

iPads are hot again. With the introduction of the all-new iPad Pro models that eliminate the old touch ID button, the new $499 iPad Air, and the sixth-generation iPad for under $400, more people than ever are using iPads as either a supplemental or primary business computer.

One major application for these devices is collaborating using either Keynote or the iPad version of PowerPoint with one or two people via the screen itself – or on a large display using one of the latest wireless presentation systems. With over 30 different wireless presentation systems to choose from – which is the best for iPad users – and why?

What do iPad Users want in a wireless presentation system?

According to the Commercial Integrators “Deep Dive” report, a whopping 97% of their respondents said they wanted something easy to use as a key part of their collaboration system, resulting in a flexible and simple setup. The overriding message – they want a collaboration system that is as easy to use as an iPad itself.

What makes a wireless presentation system easy to use for iPad users?

Apple users value simplicity, so we designed the InstaShow to be as easy to use as possible. For example, if you want to connect an iPad Pro to a projector using an InstaShow, you plug in USB-C button to your iPad and start presenting in seconds. No apps are needed. Additionally, Instashow works with other models using an HDMI to a Lightning connector. With the InstaShow S, you can also use the built-in Apple AirPlay function, as well as the InstaShare app to mirror your screen.

How flexible are they to use with different devices?

Creative professionals consistently utilize iPad’s, such as engineers, scientists,photographers, and realtors who typically have other equipment such as cameras, media players, and technical instruments that may need to connect to a wireless collaboration system. With an InstaShow, you can connect nearly any device (such as a digital camera or media player) that outputs HDMI to a projector or flat panel display simply by plugging in a button. To switch sources on the screen - just tap the button. With InstaShow S you can display four different sources on the screen at the same time.

How simple are they to setup?

Many wireless presentation systems rely on the corporate WiFi network to connect an iPad or other devices to a projector via a proprietary app. While this eliminates any need for hardware it comes at the cost of being much more complicated to set up.

For example, one popular system requires over 40 network ports configuration – and up to 25mbs of bandwidth for each user on the system – and then add in a yearly subscription to make sure it stays up to date.

The alternative is a system that is so easy to set up, and any decent YouTube reviewer can do this in just a few minutes live and on camera. Because the InstaShow doesn’t require any dedicated network connectivity, it is as easy as plugging in a receiver to the display and setting the buttons up on the table in a typical corporate or classroom environment.

How do the top models compare?

While there are many choices for wireless presentation systems, including just adding an Apple TV, we will look at the top-selling commercial wireless presentation systems for corporate and education collaboration and how they stack up.

Feature BenQ InstaShow S BenQ InstaShow Barco Clickshare CS-200 Airtame2
Feature
Easy to use - iPad Connection options
BenQ InstaShow S

USB-C Button

HDMI Button

AirPlay

InstaShow App

BenQ InstaShow

USB-C Button

HDMI Button

Barco Clickshare CS-200

ClickShare App

AirPlay

Airtame2
Airtame App
Feature
Easy to set up
BenQ InstaShow S
Very Easy - no networking or apps required
BenQ InstaShow
Very Easy - no networking or apps required
Barco Clickshare CS-200
Easy - no networking required
Airtame2
Complicated - Excess bandwidth and network configuration required
Feature
How flexible are they to use with other devices
BenQ InstaShow S

Mac OS

iOS

Windows

Android

Chromebooks

Media Players

Linux Devices

Any HDMI Device

BenQ InstaShow

Mac OS

iOS

Windows

Android

Chromebooks

Media Players

Linux Devices

Any HDMI Device

Barco Clickshare CS-200

Mac OS

iOS

Windows

Android

Airtame2

Mac OS

iOS

Windows

Android

Chromebooks

Linux

Feature
Security - Encryption
BenQ InstaShow S
128-bit encryption
BenQ InstaShow
128-bit encryption
Barco Clickshare CS-200
128-bit encryption
Airtame2
No encryption
Feature
# of Presenters on the screen at once
BenQ InstaShow S
Four
BenQ InstaShow
One
Barco Clickshare CS-200
Two
Airtame2
One
Feature
 
BenQ InstaShow S
 
BenQ InstaShow
 
Barco Clickshare CS-200
 
Airtame2
 

Why consider InstaShow for use with your iPads?

InstaShow delivers the kind of simplicity and user experience that resonates with Apple users. The system works – without having to be trained – or having an IT guy hovering around your meeting to make sure it goes smooth. When MacSources reviewed the InstaShow, he found that he was “able to get the entire system and my screen displayed on our office television within about 5 minutes” and gave it a 9.3 rating. MyMac.com also awarded InstaShow the coveted Nemo’s MyMac Tech Innovation of the Year 2019 Award Winner for its ease of use and high levels of security.

The latest InstaShow S also offers the ability to use either Airplay or the InstaShare app for flexibility on how you want to connect to your projector or panel. It also can display up to four different presenters at the same time, and every transmission out of the InstaShow is secured.

If you would like to try out an InstaShow in your organization at no cost for 30 days, click here.

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