What is being reviewed?
Up for review today is the Netgear Push2TV adapter which works with the Wireless Display Technology from Intel. And as a I mentioned in the two related gallery (Toshiba Satellite E205 & Netgear Push2TV) posts, these items were provided by Intel. That said, while they have offered the goods up for review, they are in no way limiting what we are saying in this review.
Given that, this review is actually not one, but technically two items and keep in mind those can vary a little as the Wireless Display Technology is available in more than one brand of notebook. In addition to Toshiba, there are also Wireless Display capable notebooks from Lenovo, HP, Samsung, Asus, Sony and Dell.
Just for reference, the computer we are using is a Toshiba Satellite E205 and it has a 14 inch display along with 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive and 2.27GHz Intel Core i5 processor with Windows 7 Home Premium.
The adapter is from Netgear, it is the Push2TV PVT1000 — TV Adapter for Intel Wireless Display. The price of the Push2TV is $119.99 direct with Netgear, however a quick Amazon search offers a price of $80.05.
Since we already gave the brief overview of the notebook in the above section, lets dive into the Netgear Push2TV adapter. The size of the adapter is small, it measures in at 4.17 x 5.43 x 1.25 inches. In other words, it can easily fit in your home entertainment setup. Furthermore, the connection with the computer is wireless so it can be hidden a little if needed or desired. In addition, there are connections in the form of HDMI and composite. Otherwise, the adapter only has a power button and power adapter jack on the back side. And thankfully, the adapter ships with an HDMI cable included.
The setup process
The setup process, for lack of a better description — simple and easy. Honestly, it took longer to gain access to the back of my television then it did to have the whole setup process done and sitting back on the couch with beer in hand watching Hulu on the big screen. Of course, there is more to the Wireless Display technology than just watching Hulu, but more on that in a moment.
The setup process can be broken down into a few steps but first you need to decide on your connection, either HDMI or composite. Personally I would recommend HDMI as that is going to work better, but also because the cable is included. And then;
- Attach the cables to your television and back of the adapter.
- Plug the power adapter into the back of the Netgear and the wall.
- Turn on your television and select the correct source (the one you plugged the HDMI cable into).
- Once tuned correctly, you should see the Push2TV “Ready for connection” screen.
- Once that is up, turn on the Intel Wireless Display software on your computer. For the Toshiba, that was as simple as pressing a button on the notebook.
- Once launched on your notebook you will see a Intel Wireless Display box pop-up, click “Scan for available adapters.”
- Then double-click on the adapter you set-up watch for the little light on the adapter to turn green. Once green you are connected and your notebook display should be showing on the television.
One quick note, the first time you pair the devices you will need to enter a four digits code. Otherwise, after that you are all set with simply clicking to connect.
All said and done, like I said — this was quick. I would say the whole process to less than 10 minutes to set up.
The bottom line
In the lead up to the review I will admit I had some reservations about how well this would work. Needless to say I have been impressed. Actually it has worked better than I expected, but, that is not to say it is perfect. Some of the issues include a small lag between the notebook and the television. That was not bad when watching video, but felt strange when navigating and looking at the cursor on the television as opposed to the notebook. Then again, that has an easy fix, watch the cursor on the notebook.
The other issue that I saw was that the colors were not as bright or crisp as on the notebook. That is not to say it was not bad quality or not pleasant to watch, however it was easy to tell that the video I was watching was not coming from the television, but from a wireless stream from the computer.
In the end, I like this and I plan to play around some more and hook it up to some other televisions in the house and see if we get anything different in terms of picture quality. And now for the important question, Would I recommend this? In short, yes. But that yes comes with some questions as to who wants it and how it will be used. For example, my non-geek friends and family members — without question. My geek friends looking for a super high quality video stream — yes, but with a word of caution.
With that, keep an eye out for a future post after I am able to spend some more time sitting around watching video.
Product [Netgear Push2TV]