Summary and final thoughts:
The Diamond VideoStream couldn’t be any easier to install and get up and running. After installing the software I connected the receiver to the TV and the USB transmitter to my laptop. After 5 or 10 seconds of flickering I saw an image of my Laptop screen on the TV and sounds were now coming out of the television speakers. I didn’t have to do anything special with the configuration of the video or audio using the HDMI; it just connected and worked.
At times during playback there was a bit of a lag between the source which was my laptop to my TV. It was maybe a 1/2 second delay, and with that I have to think that this device may not be suitable for gaming. Video performance at times was somewhat spotty, but all in all I had some good results playing movies. Every so often the audio would stutter, and artifacts were clearly visible on my television, but this should come as no surprise, and can be attributed to my slow internet connection. It could also be the bandwidth of the HDMI video is far greater than the USB 2.0 bandwidth at 480 Mb/s. By sending the HDMI signal uncompressed out of a 2.0 USB port it is bound to create some signal loss.
Overall I really like the Diamond VideoStream, but feel it is priced a bit high and better suited for office slide shows, or maybe conducting some type of training through video presentations. I had no trouble with the setup or connections as long as I was in the same room with a clear line of sight from the transmitter to the receiver. If I had to nitpick at all it would be that I achieved somewhat mixed results with HD video, though most of the time the video quality played just fine. Also, streaming video will have a tendency to drain your laptop battery pretty quickly, so be prepared to plug it in if you’re going to be viewing for an extended length of time. The USB transmitter gets really hot to the touch during movie playback. It was so hot I was concerned it might fry from the heat.
I’m impressed with the Diamond VideoStream and how it’s able to push so much content through such a small device, especially through USB 2.0. Although priced a bit high at $99.99 US, the Diamond VideoStream actually did perform as advertised, and was an easy device to install. The bottom line is, if you’re looking for a device to eliminate cables across the floor and want to stream content and video from your computer or laptop wirelessly, then the VideoStream from Diamond will do just that. It may be just what you’re looking for, and receives Pure Overclock’s Good Hardware Award.
DIAMOND Multimedia VideoStream Wireless USB PC to TV