Lenovo is making its first foray into the living room with Lenovo Cast, its new Chromecast competitor. Traditionally considered first and foremost a computer company, Lenovo hasn’t particularly shown interest in the home theatre space. Until now. Lenovo Cast is a hockey puck device which bears some superficial similarity to the Apple TV. Unlike the Apple TV, however, the device is really more of a streaming stick ala Amazon Fire TV Stick or Roku Streaming Stick.
Installation is simple and requires you to simply plug the Lenovo Cast into the HDMI port of your TV or monitor. Once that’s completed, sync the device to your WiFi network and you’re good to go. Lenovo Cast is compatible with DNLA or Miracast-enabled smartphones, tablets, or laptops. Also of note is the fact that it supports dual frequency WiFi (5GHz and 2.4Ghz) allowing you to cast in most formats up to 65 feet, even through walls. You’ll be able to get your own Lenovo Cast sometime in August for just $49.