Re­flec­tor 2

Get your iOS and An­droid de­vice dis­plays mir­rored on your Mac’s screen

Mac Format - - MAC APPS -

$14.99 (about £10) Devel­oper Squir­rels, LLC, airsquirrels.com/re­flec­tor Re­quires OS X 10.7.5 or higher, a sup­ported iOS or An­droid de­vice, a lo­cal net­work con­nec­tion for Air­Play or Google Cast mir­ror­ing Re­flec­tor bills it­self as “the last re­ceiver you’ll ever need”, and its de­vel­op­ers have a point. Along with en­abling real-time mir­ror­ing of iPhone and iPad dis­plays, it does the same with Google Cast-com­pat­i­ble An­droid de­vices. We quickly got four de­vices (iPad Air, iPhone 5s, Nexus 4 and Hudl 2) work­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ously, mak­ing our Mac look like it had a se­ri­ous iden­tity prob­lem.

By de­fault, con­nected de­vices are sur­rounded by a ‘frame’ rep­re­sent­ing their hard­ware, which dif­fer­en­ti­ates mir­rored con­tent. Re­flec­tor rescales vir­tual de­vices, so all can be shown at once, but an­noy­ingly over­lays other apps. These set­tings can be ad­justed in the app’s pref­er­ences, or by us­ing con­tex­tual menus.

Oth­er­wise, a sin­gle de­vice can be ‘em­pha­sised’, shrink­ing oth­ers, or the menu ex­tra can be used to show/ hide spe­cific items. The full-screen mode is less im­pres­sive. It’s ac­cessed in the app’s pref­er­ences and dis­plays all de­vices rather than just one.

Per­for­mance was great dur­ing re­view, with lit­tle or no lag, even when play­ing games. Stream­ing con­tent was prob­lem­atic. Ap­ple’s apps were fine, but get­ting con­tent across from cer­tain broad­cast media apps seemed im­pos­si­ble.

Re­flec­tor can record any de­vice and add a voiceover from a mic in­put. Out­put was mostly fine dur­ing test­ing, bar the odd dropped frame, but it’s dis­ap­point­ing that videos are re­stricted to TV-ori­ented out­puts. Na­tive iPhone or iPad res­o­lu­tion would have been nice, rather than the likes of 1080p in land­scape, and ‘por­trait’ videos be­ing largely black back­ground. Still, over­all ease of use makes this one of our favourite de­vice re­ceivers. Craig Grannell

Re­flec­tor en­ables you to mir­ror iOS and An­droid de­vices to your Mac’s dis­play.

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