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HP Wireless TV Connect Beams Content from Laptop to TV

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HP Wireless TV Connect Beams Content from Laptop to TV

If you’ve got a decent sized TV but most of your content is on your HDMI equipped laptop then HP’s new tech could be just what you’re after. Its new Wireless TV Connect system will send the sound and picture from your laptop’s HDMI port to your TV, all in full 1080p, without a wire or cable in sight.

You don’t need to install any software, and naturally it will work with any laptop or computer – there’s no lock-in to HP prouducts.

HP has come up with its own standard rather than Wireless HD and the sound and image apparently will be lag free. We do wonder if there’s enough bandwidth to send more than stereo audio, as if the connected TV is HDMI 1.4 enabled it could send surround sound from the laptop to an amp under the TV, via the audio return path.

No adaptors are required as power comes via HDMI but both the boxes are on the bulky side, though you can clip the transmitter box to the back of your laptop screen.

The Wireless TV connect will ship in October and will cost $199, and while UK pricing has not been announced we wouldn’t be surprised to see the same number with a pound sign in front of it.

Via: Electronista.

Simon

September 2, 2010, 2:24 pm

Why use a laptop as an example, as surely it's pretty easy to move it near the TV and use a cable, all of which would cost a lot less that $199.

jcwacky

September 2, 2010, 2:58 pm

Ouch, what a mess! How can this be called "wireless" when 4 wires are required!! I'd take an Apple TV over this any day, even if this is more flexible, it's certainly not as convenient, or easy to use as I'm sure most people will agree.

Neil B

September 2, 2010, 4:04 pm

@jcwacky "easy to use". You plug one end into your laptop and the other into your tv, not sure it could be any more easier than that to be fair.

Simon

September 2, 2010, 6:23 pm

@Neil B "You plug one end into your laptop and the other into your tv, not sure it could be any more easier than that to be fair." Just like a cable.... :p

jcwacky

September 2, 2010, 7:00 pm

@Neil B - This product makes more sense on a desktop, because on a laptop you'd have to:


1- Go and find the device from wherever you store it when not in use


2- Plug in the 2 cables into the laptop


3- Find a suitable position for the box while streaming or clip it onto your laptop


4- Tell your PC to output to the box





In comparison, for Apple TV you'd have to:


1- Click "Stream to Apple TV"


No need to plug anything in, no faffing about with a big box, certainly easier.





Obviously I'm presuming the TV side of things will be about the same for both products:


1- Turn on TV


2- Select appropriate input.





I'm sure this product has it's uses, but you can't argue it's a but clunky compared to the Apple TV solution, even if it is a bit more flexible. These days most people want convenience and simplicity over flexibility.

Neil B

September 2, 2010, 7:49 pm

@Simon, I was thinking that as I wrote it.





@jcwacky, I think you need to re-read the article. It requires no software, just plug in and go. I should imagine that the apple offering requires a fair amount of configuration before you're up and running the first time.





I do agree thought that this is better suited to a desktop computer where it will be a more permanent solution.

jcwacky

September 3, 2010, 1:19 pm

@Neil B, I think you need to re-read my comment. I never said anything about software.





But even so, clicking a button in software every time you wish to stream, is much easier, faster and more convenient than the steps I outline above for this box thing. Different for a desktop I know, but then there is the issue of requiring certain output ports which you don't have with the software based AirPlay.

alterseekers

November 23, 2010, 12:18 am

This is a cool gadget from HP, except that nowadays, there's a lot of ways you can be able to relay your computer/laptop's display to your HDTV. One option that I like best is to do it wirelessly by using Netgear's Push2TV product. This device makes use of the HDMI port on your HDTV and acts as a wireless adapter, displaying what you see on your computer/laptop on to your HDTV. So instead of connecting the computer/laptop via an HDMI cable, the Netgear Push2TV takes its place, and wirelessly displays the contents of your computer/laptop even if they're in separate rooms in the house. To know more about Netgear's Push2TV product, I suggest referring to this link, http://bit.ly/bByST7. Go ahead and check it out for yourself.

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