A great desktop or AV setup should simply work, with as few controls needed as possible, as few cables as needed, so that you can power it up and get on with the work or entertainment you desire, with as few problems as possible. Whether you’re wanting to take your work and throw it up on the big screen for a presentation, send your video output to a projector, take the movie or website you’re working with from your desktop to the living room, it doesn’t matter, you just want to be able to do it in a few simple clicks. The Diamond wireless display transmitter is one device that promises to be able to let you do just that, but is it any good?
“Wirelessly stream HD video and internet content to your HDTV. Now you can enjoy your home computer content and stream movies from sites like Hulu®, Netflix®, Boxee®, iTunes® and YouTube® from the comfort of your own living room. There is no need to buy bulky set top boxes that limit what you can watch. Simply connect your PC to your high definition television and watch quality digital content supporting 1080p resolution. It’s your TV and your PC wirelessly!”
I’ve had a little experience with wireless display technology in the past and it was woefully inefficient. There were lag issues, display quality problems, stutter, range issues, resolution limitations and more. However, that was a fair few years ago and wireless technology has improved greatly since then, so I’m eager to see how this device holds up.
- Watch ANYTHING from your PC or laptop on a large flat panel TV
- Simple and Easy installation
- Supports 1080p Full HD
- 5.1 Digital Audio
- 3.5 MM 2 Channel Stereo
- MULTITASKING – Watch TV while working on your PC or laptop
- Stream presentations wirelessly to your HDMI or VGA projector
- Stream photos, music library or Internet radio from your PC or laptop to your HDTV home theater
- Up to 30 foot range
- HDMI cable included
In the box, you’ll find everything you need to get you started. The power cable, a USB transmitter, the receiver box and a HDMI cable.
The USB adaptor is simple enough and will connect to your computer easily enough, the higher and more insight of the transmitter you can get it, the better.
The receiver box is nice and compact, a lot smaller than most streaming devices and it shouldn’t be hard to integrate into your home entertainment setup, or pop next to a device such as a projector. It’s also small enough that you could keep it stored in your laptop bag. On the end, you’ll find a VGA port, great for keeping it compatible with older projectors and displays.
Down the other side, you’ve got a power input port, Mini-USB, HDMI (1080p and 5.1 Digital Audio support) and a 3.5mm jack for external 2 channel audio.
Two indicator lights on one end, to show signal and power.
The aerial can be moved to help you find an optimal signal.
It can also be removed should you need to and it features a standard WiFi antenna port, so you may even be able to add your own aerial if you really wanted to, or simply replace it should you break the original.
Installation of the Diamond Wireless Receiver is incredibly easy. Simply plug it into the mains, hook up the desired cable, in this case I’ve used the included HDMI cable.
Once powered on and the device has a signal, two LED indicators will light up on the side.
The transmitter is tiny and easily connects to an available USB port on the system. I would normally use a motherboard USB port, but for photographic purposes, I’m using the front.
Once connected, Windows 8.1 found and installed the device automatically and opened up the display settings window. Here you can choose extended or clone, whichever suits your needs; I’ve opted for extended. My desktop works as normal here, perfect.
My 46″ TV at the other side of the room is now my extended monitor, simply drag the window over and it’s on the big screen! This is perfect for productivity, showing presentations or throwing something from a system to a projector; could be very handy in offices!
Windows sound manager detected the device to let me stream audio as well as video to the external display. This means I can kick back and watch movies, or some Archer, from my PC onto the big screen. It’s setup easy to use and I had zero issues with quality or signal strength when streaming movies, music or any web pages to the device. There’s a little big of lag present while gaming, but this device isn’t really designed for that task, so it’s not really a deal breaker – there are dedicated devices on the market that are better suited to that.
UK stock of this device is limited at best, with most resellers jacking the price up based on imports. However, you may find some stock at various eBay stores that are more suitable. In the US, you can pick one up for around $99, which is quite expensive, but given the applications of the device and the overall performance, it’s a small price to pay for the added functionality it provides.
The Diamond Wireless Media Streamer is a great little device that does exactly what it promises on the box. If you’re tired of running long HDMI cables or other equipment to send your video output to external displays, then this is the perfect solution for you. It’s also very portable, so keeping it in your laptop bag is perfectly reasonable. When you take your laptop to a meeting or presentation, you can plug in the dongle, connect to the external display or projector and you’re good to go.
Build quality is very good and even the design of the unit is esthetically pleasing. I also really like that a HDMI cable was included in the box, saving you any extra cost from picking up the cable you’re most likely to need.
Functionality is high, especially since the unit is plug and play ready with Windows 8.1, you don’t have to be a genius to get it set up and use it.
It is limited by its range and that you need line of sight for optimal performance. That means you can’t use it to stream from your living room to your bedroom, or at least, Diamond don’t guarantee its performance should you attempt it. I tried a laptop and went out of the room and with a wall between me, the video stream did stutter a couple of times. However, streaming from my PC to my TV in the same room worked great and that should translate well to those using it in offices and meeting rooms.
- Easy to use
- Nice design
- HDMI cable included
- Works with audio and video
- A little expensive
- Need line-of-sight
“A simple, but very effective product that could help you cut one very long cable from your setup. While it works great at home for streaming your movies to your TV, it’s certainly going to be well suited to office spaces and can be used to quickly pair any system up with a projector or display for presentations.”
Thank you Diamond for providing us with this sample.