Connecting your computer to your TV has never been so easy. Remember the days where you couldn’t even get a simple headphone jack from your CRT TV?
Connecting your DVR, Roku, PC and more to the TV is as straightforward as connecting to the HDMI port. Yet the TV is now so thin it sets on your wall and your computer is not even close to it. You don’t want to run a long cable across the room to watch your movies via DVD and control the system.
Warpia has created a wireless USB to HDMI controller called StreamHD. Best part – If you have Windows 7 or Mac OSX, you can connect the TV dock to the Optical audio port and control the sound via your TV.
In this episode of UnBoxMe, Jeffrey Powers unboxes the Warpia StreamHD. Using software created by our friends at DisplayLink, we install the StreamHD not only for Mac, but also for Windows.
Specifications of Warpia StreamHD
- HDMI Connector
- S/PDIF Connector (5.1 surround sound output)
- 3.5mm audio jack (Stereo)
- 32-bit True Color support with display resolution of up to 1080p resolution
- 48 kHz, 16-bit Stereo via audio jack or HDMI connector
- USB 2.0
- 3.168 to 4.752 GHz (WiMedia band group 1)
- Same room range, up to 30ft
- 128-bit AES security
- Regulation compliant to US, Japan, Europe, Korea
The Pros of Warpia StreamHD
The biggest advantage is no wires. Connecting up to the TV was very straightforward. As long as you are in direct line of sight to the receiver, your signal sends. I was able to connect up to Mac and Windows without issue. The Optical audio works smoothly. Switching back to PC audio is pretty straightforward.
You can also use the TV as a mirrored screen or Extended desktop.
The Cons of Warpia StreamHD
Little concerned the USB dongles are USB 2.0. Especially since DisplayLink has been working hard on USB 3.0 technology. The USB dongles also get really warm to the touch. If you move the machine too much, the TV dongle might lose signal.
The Mac side saw some choppiness, especially when I put a video on the screen. The Windows side did not see that choppiness.
Recommendation to make Warpia StreamHD better
It would be nice to have the TV base also an HDMI switcher. That way you can connect 2-3 other HDMI devices to this dongle.
For the $139, it’s a great way to connect the PC to your TV. You still might want to shop for a USB 3.0 version if your computer supports it. The unit is pretty small, so you can throw it in a bag to connect to an office TV when you give a presentation.
Unboxing and review based on review model - http://www.cmp.ly/1/CVigbX