Belkin ScreenCast WiDi Adaptor

March 8, 2012 by  
Filed under Reviews

 

Bring wireless HDMI to any TV when this adaptor is combined with an Intel WiDi laptop.

Price as reviewed £89.99

Overall 7/10

Key Features

  • Wireless HD video streaming
  • 1080p Full HD capable
  • Delivers 5.1 surround sound
  • Plug and play setup
  • HDCP 2.0 copy protection compatible
Intel’s wireless display (WiDi) technology is not new. It was first announced in January at CES 2010, but it took a full 18 months for the first products to hit the market. Hindering things further WiDi was only compatible with Intel’s latest Sandy Bridge chipset leaving the vast majority of PCs incompatible. Fast forward to an Ultrabook laden 2012 however and WiDi is suddenly worth revisiting.
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F7D4501 hi res 1024x641 Belkin ScreenCast WiDi AdaptorWhere the Belkin ScreenCast comes in is as a conduit. WiDi compatible laptops may not be mainstream, but with the first WiDi integrated TVs still to arrive (LG will be first in mid 2012) the ScreenCast works as an adaptor to make WiDi compatible with any existing television. It sounds like a simple role, but the elegance with which Belkin has carried it off deserves great credit.
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Open the ScreenCast and the first surprise is how small it is. Belkin has created a device which is little larger than a paperback novel and roughly the same weight. Despite this the ScreenCast has all the connections needed: power, an HDMI port and RCA for those further behind the technological curve. The front right of the ScreenCast glows orange when in standby and turns green when on and the tasteful black finish matches well with the ongoing fad for piano black AV equipment. Interestingly the Screencast doesn’t need a remote control because it automatically switches between on and standby when the correct TV input is selected and all other control comes directly from the PC streaming the content.
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As far as the streaming goes, WiDi uses 802.11g/n WiFi and marries it with dual band wireless (2.4 and 5GHz) to create the maximum possible bandwidth. WiDi supports 1080p video, Dolby Digital  5.1 Surround Sound and HDCP 2.0 in order to meet copyright standards for wireless streaming from Blu-ray discs.
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Setup is a breeze. Continue reading
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