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Q-Waves Quicklink HD review

Gordon Kelly



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Q-Waves Quicklink  HD
  • Q-Waves Quicklink  HD
  • Q-Waves Quicklink  HD
  • Q-Waves Quicklink  HD
  • Q-Waves Quicklink  HD


Our Score:



  • Cheap, well designed hardware, good line of sight performance handles 1080p


  • Outdated software, streaming easily broken and better solutions on the way.

Key Features

  • Stream Full HD video wirelessly to any TV without breaking the bank.
  • Manufacturer: 2D Boy
  • Review Price: free/subscription

Games consoles, Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, media players, media PCs – it's no wonder the cables surrounding our TVs are starting to resemble the back of our PCs. The good news is that we have a unified standard, HDMI, to link them all together. The bad news is the seemingly obvious solution: wireless HDMI has no standard and is dogged by price and performance issues. So could something remarkably simple actually be the answer?

From Q-Waves comes the QuickLink HD, the follow-up for the QuickLink it launched last year and – as the name suggests – adds High Definition capabilities to its wireless streaming. Unlike the various wireless HDMI standards, Q-Waves has taken a much more straightforward route: it has employed Wireless USB. With a peak theoretical transfer rate of 480Kbps both 720p and 1080p are on the menu. Unlike wireless HDMI, its price is also closer to £100 compared to the £400-500 wireless HDMI setups we've seen to date.

In theory it is also very simple to setup. Plug one dongle into your PC, plug the other into a neat dock. The dock has an HDMI port to connect to the TV and a power lead to plug into a wall socket. Install the supplied software and you should be all done. So was the answer staring us in the face all along? Sadly not really.

Open up the box and everything starts very well. The QuickLink HD bundle is generous enough to include a one metre HDMI cable and the wall plug has detachable pins with both UK and European connectors supplied. Given the QuickLink HD is fairly portable it means there would be no reason to stop you taking it on holiday and streaming some movies from a laptop to the hotel TV or using it for presentations. Documentation is also clear and easy to follow and everything suggests you'll be up and running in no time. Problem is, you won't.

Getting set up is – to put it mildly – a faff. This review is being written late at night because of the hours spent wrestling with the installation software. There's no Mac compatibility so you'd think the Windows focus would ensure everything works. It doesn't. A simple Windows 7 64bit install failed three times across two different laptops producing Runtime and DirectX errors and knocking desktops out of Aero mode. The install also stopped Microsoft and Logitech wireless mice working until a reboot and twice each machine refused to boot until they were restored to their state prior to the software install. For something as simple as wireless USB, things should be a lot easier – drivers should really be on the dongles – and the software (despite it being obtained via the official website) is in desperate need of an update.

Thankfully once you are up and running things get better…


February 5, 2011, 11:52 pm

Wireless... but needs line of sight? Hmmm. May as well just get a long HDMI cable for £10. Is wireless HDMI *that* difficult to implement for a reasonable price?

Arctic Fox

February 6, 2011, 11:04 am

I think that for a awful lot of people this is yet another example of technology in search of a "need" rather than a genuine need driving the technology. HiDef wireless transfer via ones router and/or whichever media box of tricks you've got is already well established technology. Anything we download on home-office pc can be readily streamed via the router to our HTPC in the living room. Our blu-ray player connects via an HDMI cable discretely concealed behind the TV-bench. That set-up is only one example of the type of thing one can do and I just do not see the need for most people with this kit - even if it worked properly!

Adrian Byron-Parker

February 6, 2011, 12:32 pm

I think you mean Speed up to 480Mbps?


February 7, 2011, 7:21 am

@Chris2510 - agreed - and you'd think it wouldn't be. Wireless USB is something of a false dawn however which is why it hasn't taken off with every USB peripheral dropping its cable.

@Arctic Fox - it's for connecting PCs. Wireless HDMI removes the need for a dedicated media centre. WiDi 2.0 looks the better bet for now though.

@Adrian Byron-Parker - no, in real terms speeds won't ever get that fast - but theoretically it is possible.

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