This is a review of Monoprice USB Cradle with HDMi output: HDMI Cable, Home Theater Accessories, HDMI Products, Cables, Adapters, Video/Audio Switch, Networking, USB, Firewire, Printer Toner, and more!
Following my review of Monoprice Car Cradle, here comes USB Cradle with HDMI output. And guess what? This one is another re-branded KiDiGi product. BUT the advantage is that buying from Monoprice will give you 1 year warranty
The functionality of this cradle is very simple: to charge up the phone and to have it's video output on your HD tv. Basically it has built-in MHL adapter which converts video output from the phone to HDMI output. It's already has a built in 11-to-5 pin micro usb adapter, so you just plug'n'play. Similar to their car cradle, they promise operation with and without a case while using a removable spacer. Here is a scoop, it doesn't work with any case unless you use a thin flip cases where the back of it integrates with battery cover. If you think you can stick in there N2 with Defender or UAG or even a slim TPU case - forget about it. But naked it goes right in and does a job perfectly!
The package, which btw has awesome presentation, comes with 1A wall charger and removable micro-usb cable. Using this charger/cable connected directly to a phone yields a perfect 2A charging on my Note 2, but once you connect the charger to the cradle and read the current from the phone - it only charges at 0.5A. I assume its due to conversion used to power up MHL adapter. Just something to keep in mind.
Overall, if you don't mind taking case off your Note 2 to use inside of this cradle or if you have thin flip case - this is a pretty good cradle to get your video output from Note 2 to a big screen.
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