Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Veebeam Review

Veebeam HD | Wireless PC to TV link | 1080p

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.

6 comments:

Justin said...

I'm really sorry that Veebeam gave you this experience.

As someone from Veebeam, I was wondering what your PC spec was?

We have a low-res and a high-res mode. Even on my PC at 1920x1200 I can read the text on the TV.

Something sounds a little strange. The quality on our office TVs tends to be very good.

What was your experiences with the with Veebeam player? Was the quality noticeably better? It may be a guide on whether there was a set-up issue.

--- ninja@veebeam.com
(feel free to email me)

C. Merced said...

Hmmmm...I will try increasing the resolution of my screen. That might work. Although wouldn't have I encountered the same problem when I plugged in my computer directly to the TV with an HDMI cable? Does not solve the lag problem though.

Justin said...

I would completely agree. It won't solve the lag problem.

Veebeam is designed to be a video product rather than duplicating the desktop.

Desktop mode (screen casting) is designed to give you the most compatibility when watching on-line video.

As a rule, lag isn't an issue once watching something. We've worked hard to ensure the audio is fully synchronised to the Receiver whenever you watch.

While an HDMI cable can offer a similar benefit, a mixture of reasons make Veebeam more flexible:

- easy setup
- no extended desktop confusion
- no tripping over wires
- PCs that don't have HDMI outputs
- PCs that can't output 1080p can use video files in the Veebeam Player

It's entirely personal, plus what you want to do on your PC. I completely understand if that's not how you expected Veebeam to function.

Veebeam is very useful for a mixture of reasons but maybe not what you specifically want to do.

Still - if you give me some PC/TV specs I can make an assessment.

Also make sure that the taskbar menu -> "Screencasting mode | Resolution | Native" is set.

--- Ninja.

C. Merced said...

I agree that this is very helpful to those that do not have HDMI output. I made sure my laptop had it before I bought it.

I would have to disagree regarding ease of setup. With an HDMI it's just plug and play. With the Veebeam I had to change several settings on my firewall, install software and talk to customer service to get it setup.

After trying both composite and HDMI cables, my video/audio is still not synchronizing well. My computer is a week old, so it is definitely not the computer. I will check to make sure Native is selected when I get home (although, I am pretty sure it is).

I would like to see Netflix and iPad compatibility in the future though. At a minimum Netflix since it is so ubiquitous now.

I have a 40 inch Samsung 1080 TV.
I have a Inspiron M101z. 11.6'' High Definition Truelife™ WLED (1366x786).

Justin said...

If you're interested, I've just published a technical paper (http://www.veebeam.net/documents/Veebeam-Whitepaper.pdf) on how Veebeam works.

I've also reviewed your support call log. Unfortunately McAfee doesn't conform to Windows 7 rules on the firewall management API. We're investigating this problem and aim to release a workaround to the installer to handle propriety mechanisms for firewall control.

I didn't see anything on the call related to your PC set up / TV which makes it hard for me to work-out what may have gone wrong.

If you'd like me to verify your set up please let me know. We get various issues related to resolution. The most common are:

- using composite rather than an HDMI cable / selecting a non-HDMI input
- setting the s/w to low-res when high-res is possible
- unusual desktop resolutions (excessive down scale)

I'm more than happy to check whether there's a workaround.

--- Ninja

Justin said...

Sorry we're slightly out of sync. The laptop you have as an unusual processor (AMD CPU+GPU single core).

To some extent we recommend Intel Duo (2.2 GHz) and (any) i-series laptop as they're multi-core and we've done extensive testing.

Various people on our forum have however found a good experience using other specifications.

With this particular AMD single core processor we've not had the pleasure.

Our testing does include NetFlix and we're a little baffled by your problem; NetFlix normally works.

Our Californian team will be in the office shortly to try various scenarios and work out what's wrong (I'm in the UK).

I think the bulk of the problem may be due to the new laptop being single-core; we need to look deeper.

As a rule, we recommend users run our Compatibility Tool if on Windows: http://www.veebeam.net/downloads/Tools/WindowsTester.exe

This profiles your computer to determine how well Veebeam will work before buying.