Hands On: Iogear Wireless A/V Kit
Iogear's Wireless Audio/Video Kit ($349.95) is a good entry-level solution.
I was in the middle of catching up with season 5 of “Lost” when I got an Iogear Wireless Audio/Video kit to review.
Talk about perfect timing.
The kit is designed to let people wirelessly connect their PC (fully compatible with Windows XP and Vista) to their TV to stream audio and video up to 720p HD.
Setup is Easy
Setup took about an hour, but about 30 minutes of it was spent fiddling with my TV to make it recognize a new input. The Iogear part of the installation was as simple as plugging in a wireless VGA receiver, wireless audio receiver and a wireless USB transmitter.
It came with a 6-foot VGA cable, VGA adapter, USB cables, software and everything else I needed. I installed the software on my laptop in about five minutes. The hardware connections took about 20 minutes. There are clear instructions for choosing screen resolution and several choices for connecting audio.
Wireless is a Good Fit
The satisfaction of seeing my laptop desktop on my TV screen came pretty quick. My first move was to watch a couple of videos on Hulu, and I was pleased with the performance.
Then my wife and I watched our short, self-edited wedding video, which we had only previously watched on a computer screen. That was cool. We also perused some photos.
The wireless aspect is great. Being able to view local computer content on a TV is nothing new, but it usually requires connecting a laptop to a TV. The Iogear solution makes it easier to impulsively decide to watch a YouTube video or check out some photos since it’s as simple as popping the wireless transmitter into the USB port.
My only complaint is that I had to keep the wireless adapter in a pretty clear line of sight with the adapter connected to the TV. The directions aren’t misleading in any way, but I was hoping there would be more wiggle room there.
Good Entry-Level Solution
CE pros should definitely be offering this. It’s easy to install, it’s convenient, and the 720p video content is better than you’d expect.
In general, CE pros need to be aware of consumers wanting to access online content, and their own content, on their TVs as opposed to on their computers. At $349.95 (already shipping), Iogear’s Wireless Audio/Video Kit is a good entry-level solution.
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Tom has been covering consumer electronics for six years. Before that, he wrote for the sports department of the Boston Herald. Migrating to magazines, he was a staff editor for a golf publication and an outdoor sports publication. Now, as senior writer/technology editor of CE Pro magazine since 2003, he dabbles in all departments and offers expertise in marketing. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org
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