Brite-View has brought out quite a few Wireless HD kits over the past one year and more. Their models have progressively become better with more input options and better signal quality. Credit for this also goes towards Amimon’s advances in the WHDI technology. This model was released towards the last quarter of 2010 and it has multiple input options. It also supports Apple’s iPad through a special adapter that must be bought separately.
The HDelight BV-1222 has a simple plug and play approach. The receiver and the transmitter need to be transmitted to their respective devices and the rest happens automatically. There’s no pairing required and the receiver automatically finds the transmitter and starts streaming the HD video signal.
This kit utilizes a 3Gbits/sec throughput and hence has no noticeable lag. This makes it perfect for activities that require a lag-free sync like gaming. It is also a welcome feature for those who would be using it to work on their laptop of iPad.
The kit is especially designed for use with a laptop and has USB connectivity. When connected to a computer, the transmitter draws power from the USB hub and does not require an external power supply. This is helpful because this way the laptop-transmitter setup can be completely wireless without the need to have a power brick trailing from the transmitter unit.
However, the transmitter needs to be plugged in to a power source when using with anything else; such as gaming consoles, Blu-Ray or DVD players and also iPads. That is because the HDMI connector is not meant to power a device. The receiver needs to be connected to a power source at all times.
The transceiver pair has a range of 30 feet and support full HD standards of 1080p@60Hz. There is a requirement for line-of-sight though, which means there should be no obstruction between the transmitter and the receiver that fully blocks one from the other. This is a small caveat for some customers, who would’ve like to set the transmitter behind a partition or in another room.
The signal remains uncompressed through the entire signal path, from the source through the transmitter-receiver to the display (TV/Projector). This preserves the a/v quality through transmission and remain faithful to the source
Customer reviews suggest that the features mentioned on the BV-1222 all work as advertised. Those using the set up for gaming have reported very good performance with no noticeable lag degrading the game play. There are no complaints regarding setup with most comments mentioning a fully plug and play experience. The packaged comes with a short USB-to-USB cable for plugging it in to a laptop.
Most reviewers reported high video and audio quality from various different sources. These included gaming consoles, Blu-ray players and computer content (both local and online such as Hulu, Netflix and YouTube). Some have used it transform their normal PC’s and laptops to home theatre systems (HTPC’s).
Date: September 26, 2011