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[Review] MHL to HDMI Adapter for Smartphones & Tablets

July 28, 2014

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The ZTOSS MHL-690 is an MHL to HDMI cable for mirroring your smartphone’s and tablet’s display on your tv. It supports both audio and video, with resolutions up to 1080p, thus making it highly useful if you’d like to watch HD movies, play games, browse the Internet or even view Google Maps on your tv instead of the tiny smartphone/tablet screen.

I purchased my ZTOSS MHL-690 for RM39 at All IT Hypermart @ The Curve shopping mall. Mine’s the microUSB version for connecting to a Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablet. Below is what’s included in the box, i.e. micro 5-to-11 pin adapter (left) and MHL-HDMI cable (right):

MHL HDMI Adapter

There were a number of different MHL adapters sold there, from basic RM29 ones to an RM59 version with a remote for your smartphone/tablet to a RM129 version that allows you to use your existing TV remote to control your smartphone/tablet.

Unlike this ZTOSS one, there are versions that use a HDMI cable at the end, instead of an HDMI adapter. I prefer the HDMI adapter version and using my own HDMI cable because it offers more flexibility, e.g. in hotels, where the TV is usually wall-mounted and there’s no easy access to the HDMI port.

Setting up is very straight-forward:

  • Connect the included 5-to-11 pin adapter to the microUSB end of the MHL cable.
  • Connect one end of your HDMI cable to the MHL cable, and the other end to your TV.
  • Plug the 5-to-11 pin adapter into the microUSB port of your smartphone/tablet.
  • Connect a power source to the microUSB port on the MHL adapter – you can also use a power bank.
  • Turn on your TV and select the HDMI source.

Below is how the connection looks like:

MHL to TV Cable Connection


Everything¬†on your smartphone’s or tablet’s screen will be mirrored on the TV, like in the first image above. I tried streaming Netflix and outputting it to the tv – both audio and video was crisp and accurate. There was no lag at all, unlike when using Google’s Chromecast.

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