The issue of wireless HD content is a contentious one. Companies always state great performance, while end-users (and our commenters) often disagree entirely. However, with some of that good ol’ British resilience, Q-Waves are a UK-based company willing to take up the challenge with the Q-waves Quicklink HD.
The Quicklink HD is a simple plug and play USB device that enables streaming of HD content from a PC, laptop or netbook to an HDTV, taking HD content to the biggest screen in your home.
It uses Ultra Wideband wireless USB technology, which works independently from wi-fi, to make it easy to set-up and not hog your home network’s bandwidth.
If this technology sounds familiar, it probably is. The Q-Wave Quicklink is basically a UK name for Warpia’s Stream HD. Don’t worry, it’s still a brand new product, it’s just got a different name for from the UK disitrbutor.
In our previous experiences with wirelessUSB, we were a little disappointed with the range. Marmitek certainly gained no fans for claiming 30m line-of-sight, but not even managing 4.5m through partition walls.
Luckily, Q-Waves are keen to be up-front about the device: according to the company, Quicklink HD has been “designed for the perfect ‘in-room’ experience”. If you want to go any further, you buy at your own risk.
It definitely limits the usability of the product, but it’s great that the company has not stated extremely optimal conditions as the norm.
Once set up, there are two screen sharing modes to choose from. Users can either pick Mirror mode, which shares whatever is on the computer’s screen with a HDTV, or Extend mode, which provides a multi-screen experience. Essentially, it means that a user can still use the computer for work and boring stuff, while streaming entirely different HD content onto a TV.
The Q-WAVES Quicklink HD is available from select high street and
online retailers, including Amazon, Maplin and Play.com for around £129.99 – not too shabby, really.