Lightning Review – Wireless Video

AT LinkCastAV EU VersionRather than some of the longer reviews I’ve done such as The Unbearable Lightness of LightTable and  FTTC in the UK where I go in to quite a bit of detail, I’ve decided to start doing some “Lightning Reviews” where I don’t give all the reasoning, but simply what I’ve chosen and why.

Atlona AT-LinkCastAV-EU

Basically, I scanned Google and there was only one stand out unit for HDTV wireless streaming, the Atlona AT-LinkCastAV-EU. There are many other units out there, at this or lower revolution, but at the end of the day, this is the only one that won the CES 2012 Innovations Award

Pros

  • These guys are seriously professional – check out http://www.atlona.com/ and drool over their high-end gear (if you run a TV station or the like ;)
  • The device is ridiculously easy to set up in Windows 7 (& I’d assume Windows 8)

Cons

  • On another (older) laptop, also with Windows 7, there seemed to be occasional dropouts – luckily, this one would only be used occasionally

Conclusion

There’s no doubt that Atlona is “best of breed”, with the one issue that it may not work consistently on your computer. I’m assuming that this would be a rarity and may of been due to the HDMI version on the older laptop or something.

I’d therefore rate this as a Cautious Buy, i.e. make sure you can try it at a store (if it plays 10 minutes without a dropout then you should be right), or that it’s covered by “Distance Selling Regulations” / the ability to return it if it doesn’t work with your particular device.

Overall I’m extremely happy with this as it’s simple and works :-)

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