Diamond VStream Reviewgotdamojo06 - June 6, 2011
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Going back to the first question that I had asked at the beginning, do you ever wish you could wirelessly transmit your Laptop's screen to your HDTV? Well if you have ever wished this, then Diamond's VStream is exactly what you are looking for to do this. The Diamond VStream device does allow you to use a USB wireless dongle to transmit data from a PC, to the HD Base of the setup that will then send the signal via an HDMI cable to your HDTV or other display device. Setting up the Diamond VStream was very simple and easy to do. All you have to do is use the included CD and install the software on your system, then plug in your wireless transceiver to your PC and the HD Base into an empty HDMI slot on your HDTV and you're pretty much ready to go. There was a little bit of a delay when transferring a video wirelessly from my laptop to my TV, however it is not at all noticeable if you are not watching both of the screens at the same time. The audio and video that is being played on the TV did match up perfectly as they should. When comparing the amount of CPU usage and memory usage required while using the DisplayLink software and then without the DisplayLink software enabled, you are going to see that both of the conditions had no CPU usage on the Kombustor process. However using the DisplayLink software, you are going to notice about a 12% decrease in total memory usage, meaning the DisplayLink software for graphics intensive programs is a memory hog.
When you look at similar devices to the Diamond VStream on pricegrabber.com, you are going to find that there is not a large selection of wireless USB to HDMI converters, and the only other one that I could find was called a Cables To Go Wireless USB to HDMI Kit, which is going to run you between $180 and $230 depending on where you shop. This is where the Diamond VStream is going to get another round of applause, the Diamond VStream is only $120, which gives you a significant savings.
If you are looking for a way to connect your laptop to a display adapter that supports HDMI input, and you do not have an HDMI output on your laptop then I would suggest taking a close look at the Diamond VStream device. This device was able to perform well in all of the testing that I did on it, with the exception of the memory testing where it was a huge memory hog. This would be a great substitute for an HTPC in your living room if you have a laptop that you could use.
- Wireless USB to HDMI
- Multiple Channels
- Price (comparative)
- Easy to setup
- Slight Video Delay
- Memory Intensive