Wednesday, April 27, 2011
I was really looking forward to this item but, it didn't deliver as I expected it to. First, It did not work with my old computer (5 years old). When I tried it with my new laptop, I had a really hard time installing it. I had to contact customer support and get around my firewall. Thankfully, their customer support is very good. I tested the unit with both an HDMI cable (not included) and a composite audio/video cable.
When I finally got it working, i opened up a youtube video on my laptop. The lag is rather (read: very) noticeable. There is a 1-5 second lag between what shows in your computer and what shows on TV. Moreover, the video itself would freeze on the TV and the audio kept running. I also tested it with Netflix, the picture quality is rather bad when transferred to the TV. I'd rather watch the movie on my 12 inch laptop. I thought to myself, "must be the composite cable." So I tried with an HDMI cable. Same results and same quality issues.
The quality of the screen transfer is also bad. I tested it by having it show on the TV the chat I was having with someone on my computer. It doesn't quite render everything very well. I have a 40 inch TV and I could NOT read the teeny tiny font of the chat I was having. It was REALLY tiny. You would have much better results connecting your computer to your TV with just an HDMI cable (no software installation required). The difference is so stark between a simple HDMI connection vs. a Veebeem connection that I wonder what the use of the product is. Basically, this would only be useful if you do not have an HDMI video output on your computer.
The image quality really suffers when you use the veebeam. There is a lot of lag and delay when streaming video. Unless you use their dedicated video player (does not work with Netflix) the quality is pretty bad. Also, does not support the iPad. Just get an HDMI cable for $6 and conenct yoru computer directly.