Warpia announces StreamHD Value Edition, wireless PC to TV streaming for less
Having the ability to view Internet content on your large TV is something people have wanted since the first flat-panel TVs arrived on the market. It used to be more difficult to do so, requiring special cables and a hardline connection from your PC or Mac to your TV. At one point I bought a Mac Mini and left it connected to our TV with an HDMI cable, but it didn't get enough use to justify leaving it there. Using a laptop with a wireless connection is the way to go now, and today Warpia announced a new version of their wireless HD streaming device that makes the technology more affordable without a loss of features.
The StreamHD VE (Value Edition) is the new, little brother to the StreamHD. Using the StreamHD VE you can stream HD content from your laptop or PC wirelessly to an HDTV in 1080p full high definition with stereo sound. Anything you can see on your PC screen can be streamed to a TV, projector or other display (mirror mode). That includes videos, Facebook, Twitter, Skype or any other web content. And here's the bonus...you also get the ability to view different content on each screen (extend mode). So you can Skype with someone on your laptop screen while viewing a web page, document or presentation on your TV.
Set up is simple. Just connect the receiver base to your TV via HDMI and attach the wireless USB adapter to your PC. It has a 30-foot line-of-sight range so you can move about the room without the hassle of connected wires.
At $129 this unit looks excellent, and the ability to view different content on two screens is a great feature. To make this device even better Warpia should be working toward compatibility with smartphones and tablets as well. As of the latest update to iOS 5, I have similar capability using an Apple TV ($99) connected to my TV. I can't view different content on different screens, but I can use my iPhone, iPod or iPad for video mirroring to watch videos, play games, etc. And although using my MacBook is not officially supported, there are ways to do that too. So it would be nice to see Warpia add mobile device support for greater flexibility.
The StreamHD VE is available now on the Warpia site. It requires Windows XP (32 bit only), Vista (32/64 bit), or Windows 7 (32/64 bit) and is not Mac compatible. A similar devices, the Easy Dock Pro, is Mac and PC compatible and sells for $159.99.