Diamond VStream Reviewgotdamojo06 - June 6, 2011
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Have you ever wanted to have your computer hooked up to the TV in your living room? Maybe you have a laptop and wish you could display the content on your screen onto your TV while still laying down on your couch. Well Diamond has just released a new device that will accomplish this called the VStream. Basically, this device in a few simple words is a wireless HDMI cable. Diamond's VStream is able to transmit wirelessly whatever you have on your computer screen to any display device that has an HDMI input, be it a projector, PC monitor, or an HDTV. I am very curious to see exactly how this device works and if image quality suffers at all.
Taking a look at the front of the packaging for the Diamond VStream, the first thing that you are going to notice is the happy family sitting in the bottom right hand corner holding a laptop with a movie preview playing on it. In the background you are going to see a large TV displaying the exact same display with no cables going from the laptop to the TV. You are going to see towards the top the VStream name with the tag line printed below it, "Your PC Your TV Wirelessly." The illustration on the front of the box makes it easy to see that with the Diamond VStream device, you will be able to wirelessly transfer the content from your computer to your TV via an HDMI cable from the receiver. Along the bottom edge of the front the key features are highlighted, such as Stream Media from Your PC to an HDTV, Full HD 1080P Resolution, HDMI & HD Audio, and Easy to install. There are also the HDMI, DisplayLink Certified, and Full HD badges along the bottom edge to let you know what kind of certifications Diamond has for the VStream. When you look at the back of the package, you are going to see a more detailed diagram of how the device works. Here you are also going to find out the range of the wireless adapter, which is about 30 feet. An in depth description, as well as a comprehensive list of features for the VStream can also be found on the back of the box.
When the outer packaging is removed, you are going to find a cardboard box inside that houses all of the components that make the Diamond VStream device work. There are two levels to the packaging. The first level is where you are going to find the VStream unit itself as well as the two wireless USB adapters and the drivers CD that has the DisplayLink software on it. While the second level exposes all of the documentation, HDMI cable, and power adapter. There is also a Quick Start Guide located inside of the packaging that is going to give you some more generalized installation steps. Once everything is pulled out of the packaging, you will see all of the pieces that make the Diamond VStream complete. I will take a closer at these components on the following page.
Now that we know how the Diamond VStream is packaged and all of the contents inside, let's take a closer look at the VStream and see how it is designed.