The days of bulky hard-wired systems that allow your television to display what is shown on your computer are quickly coming to an end as Intel, Netgear and MediaMall are moving to the market with wireless PC-to-TV receivers, Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital reports.
Intel and Netgear’s Wi-Di (wireless display) system is currently available for Toshiba, Sony and Dell laptops. A $100 adapter is required for the system, but comes free with purchased laptops. All Things Digital found setup a breeze, and all actions on the laptop screen were reproduced on the television wirelessly.
No hiccups were found, but video quality was a bit degraded from standard HD footage.
Meanwhile, MediaMall’s PlayOn allows for video playback via game systems like Sony’s Playstation 3, but the video can only be played from PlayOn-enabled sources like Hulu. All Things Digital found the user-interface a bit clunky, as the video game system remote has to be used to navigate videos. Another clunky issue was getting third-party video sources on the system.
Despite those stumbles, video playback was smooth.