Conclusion: Based as it is upon our home computer, the Veebeam HD system does bring--along with its strong functionality and performance--a fair measure of PC/Mac idiosyncrasies, which in turn demands that the user possess a certain grasp of IT-type problem-solving. But it does what it purports to do in a mostly-friendly fashion, unlocking a host of entertainment possibilities, swiftly and affordably.
Pros: Thrillingly quick, foolproof setup, Surprising versatility and performance, Remarkable functionality (and cool factor) for a modest investment, Thrillingly quick, foolproof setup, Surprising versatility and performance, Remarkable functionality (and cool factor) for a modest investment
Cons: A remote control of its own would be useful (albeit a complicated feat no doubt), Wireless connectivity less powerful than expected, Some recurring video glitches
Summary: New HDTVs with the capability to stream selected Internet content are becoming standard. Many of us that purchased HDTVs in the past aren't so fortunate to have this capability. Should we have to buy a new HDTV to enjoy the full 1080p HD glory of streaming Internet content? Veebeam doesn't think so.
Summary: One question I get asked frequently by my non-tech inclined friends is how to stream video from their computer onto their HDTV? The answer to this question is sometimes complicated and often leads to blank stares on the questioner’s part. Today’s review item may help solve this problem.
Pros: Wirelessly transmits 1080P, Works with PCs and Macs, Access to all web based video content
Cons: LINE OF SIGHT only, No remote control, Software is rudimentary, Does not work as a desktop extender for computer usage
Summary: Those whoâ€™ve already bought an HD TV and donâ€™t want to start looking at Internet-Ready options or Google TV boxes will be hard pushed to find a better device for getting their content from Mac to TV. Sadly itâ€™s not possible to use your Mac while streaming from the web.
Summary: While the Veebeam HD video streamer does indeed allow you to wirelessly stream HD media to your TV, most consumers will be better served with a dedicated media appliance.
Pros: Small and lightweight, Interesting yet stylish look, Veebeam's implementation of Wireless USB works very well at seamless streaming of media across the room, 1080p Streaming works flawlessly
Cons: Line of sight wireless capabilities only, Software does not include any codecs, Software does not support alternate audio streams, Software and manual are not included in the box and need to be downloaded, Price, USB Antenna is overly wide and will block adjacent ports
Excerpt: In an age of online and on-demand TV viewing it seems strange that we haven't seen more devices like the Veebeam. We reviewed the Veebeam HD model, priced competitively against the Apple TV , and the benefits soon became obvious.
Excerpt: Unusually, the Veebeam HD wirelessly sends whatever is on your PC (or Mac) desktop to a distinctively sculpted black box, which is, in turn, connected to your TV. The device sports a composite AV output for your set and an HDMI socket. There’s also an optical digital audio output, which will give better quality PC audio (especially from music) if fed into your AVR. Your computer must run Windows 7, the Vista turkey that preceded it, or Mac OS 10.5/6.
Excerpt: Although a few receivers are endowed with a degree of online functionality, it tends to be restricted. Freesat HD boxes may offer BBC iPlayer, but ITV Player and 4oD are currently not catered for. Even the best enthusiast boxes (and TVs) have added bonuses like YouTube but ultimately limit your choice with 'walled-gardens'.
Excerpt: In an age of online and on-demand TV viewing it seems strange that we haven’t seen more devices like the Veebeam . We tested the HD model, priced competitively against the Apple TV, and the benefits soon became obvious.
Great alternative to Apple TV, quality video, simple to use and more to come
No multitasking while streaming from the web