Diamond USB PC to TV HDMI Adapter ReviewPsywar , gotdamojo06 - March 16, 2011
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Do you have a Netbook or a laptop sitting around at home that you have wanted to hook up to your HDTV in your living room so you can play videos off YouTube or Hulu? Maybe you even have an older computer that only has an Analog or DVI output for a display device, but you would like to begin transferring it into an HTPC of sorts, but have no idea where to start? Well there is a simple solution from Diamond Multimedia that is going to turn one of your USB ports on your computer into an HDMI output that is going to give you full 1080p video output, as well as audio transfer. This device is called the Diamond USB PC to TV HDMI Adapter. Basically what this device is going to do for you is convert the video signal from your computer, use your CPU as a GPU and output the video signal to the adapter via a USB port that will then transfer the signal to your display device via an HDMI cable. I am very curious to see exactly how well this product works as well as what all I am going to be able to do with it.
Taking a look at the front of the packaging, you are going to see the Diamond Multimedia logo in the top left hand corner of the package. You are also going to see the Plug-and-Play logo in the top right hand corner with a yellow star-shaped blurb letting you know that there is an HDMI cable included. The name of the product, USB PC to TV HDMI Video & Audio Adapter, is at the top of the package as well in white writing with a red banner behind it, making it stand out. There are a few of the features listed on the front of the package, such as letting you know it is going to add HDMI support with audio to your Netbook, Desktop. or Macbook.
The package is made out of plastic, which is going to showcase the actual product on the front instead of an image being printed on the packaging, so you are going to see the exact size of the unit as well as exactly what it looks like before you buy it and open it up. When you look at the back of the package, you are going to see a tag line written in red at the top, "The Hassle-Free Way to Connect Your Laptop to Your Flat Screen TV" which is a pretty good description of what the Diamond USB PC to TV HDMI Adapter is going to do for you. There is a list of PC Requirements on the back as well as a list of MAC Requirements. Above that, you are going to see a short list of features with the disclaimer under it letting you know that you are only going to be able to attach one display per device and a maximum of six devices per system. When you open up the package, you are going to find an Installation CD, Documentation, the Diamond USB PC to TV HDMI Adapter itself, a USB cord, as well as the HDMI cable.
When you get the Diamond PC USB to TV HDMI Adapter out of the packaging, you are going to first notice how nice of a shinny plastic coating is on it. However, it does seem to attract quite a lot of finger prints. On the top left hand corner of the top of the device, you are going to find the Diamond logo printed in white to make it stand out from the black casing color. There is a power button in the lower left hand corner to allow you to turn the device on and off if you wanted to disable it quickly and there is a power indicator light in the lower right hand corner with USB to HDMI Adapter printed above it. When you look at the right side of the device, this is where you are going to find the HDMI Out connection. The left hand side of the adapter is where you are going to find the USB input connection as well as a power adapter connection, it has DC 5V printed next to it, though there is no mention of a power adapter in the documentation and one is not included.
There are only two cables included and these two are the only ones needed for the Diamond PC USB to TV HDMI Adapter to properly function. They are an HDMI and a USB cable. The HDMI cable is a nice three foot cable, so you have a little bit of play room to hide the cable the way you do with the rest of your cables. The included USB cable is also three feet long, which should give you just enough length to connect the adapter to your computer sitting next to your TV.
Now that we know what the Diamond USB PC to TV HDMI Adapter looks like, the next step is to take a look at what the software looks like.