List Price: $ 113.15
The veebeam does what it says it will do, but only just. I would say that its very limited in its appeal and use. Read on for more.
Veebeam says that their product is good for viewing streaming video with, and it is in a limited sense. I had my veebeam hooked up via hdmi to my tv, and was streaming from a windows 7 laptop about 10 feet away from the tv (you really need to be in the same room for the veebeam to work).
I found that there was a 1 second delay between what was on the laptop and what was on the tv screen. So if you were hoping to use the veebeam as a wireless second monitor you can forget that.
The image quality was a bit choppy as well unless you use the veebeam player, their free media player. When using this I had good quality video and good quality audio streaming from my computer to my tv – but you can’t queue up netflix or other such services with this. It would have to be either media on your computer or dvds/blu-ray discs in your disc drive.
The biggest use of the veebeam would if you want to use it for Hulu, or Netflix, or a similar service, but the diminished quality unless using their player limits that use.
Perhaps even more limiting is the fact that you really need the computer in the same room as your tv to make use of the device. Considering that with most modern devices you can hook up your computer to your tv via hdmi or some other cabled solution and get better quality, the only use for veebeam would if you have a desktop in the same room as your tv and don’t want to bother running long cables everywhere, or you have an older tv or older computer where you can’t make the appropriate connection.
Even if you are in one of the above situations I am still doubtful that the veebeam is worth $150. If they could have gotten it down to instant streaming (whether through a powered usb transmitter or some other means) the veebeam’s value proposition would be much higher. As it is I see it as being a very specific solution to a very specific problem. It will undoubtably be exactly what some people want, but on the other hand it is not powerful or versatile enough to be applicable to everyone’s situation. I think 3 stars reflects this fairly well.
On a side note the veebeam software shutdown windows aero when it was in use – no idea why that would be as my computer is more than powerful enough to run the two at the same time.
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Just got my Veebeam box this week and this is pretty addictive I must say. Install is pretty simple with the main box going into the TV (HDMI in my case) and you can even hook it up to your audio system if you have one. On the PC side, you just need to install a client. The use case is then pretty awesome as all you need to do is put the dongle to your PC and turn on your TV. The PC will immidiatly start replicating wirelessly to your TV with a bit a wireless USB magic…
The really cool thing is that you have a play mode where you can select a movie file from you laptop and play it wirelessly onto your TV while you can still do emails or else on the laptop!
I must say I was initially skeptical about the video quality but after trying it, I am sold. I have tried some 720p files of action movie and it feels like watching a blu-ray on my TV eventhough the signal is in fact wirelessly transmitted from my laptop onto the TV set. I have tried streaming HD over wifi and it’s a real pain… this solves it!
Bottom line: If you have lots of movies / TV series saved on our laptop or external HD and you don’t want to crawl under your TV set to connect an HDMI or else… This is the product for you.
I simply can’t believe how amazing Veebeam is. I have been long waiting a day where I can stream an HD signal (with sound!) wirelessly from my computer to my TV with ease. That day has now come. This is truly a great product. There is virtually no setup required at all. The install is amazingly simple, and the best part is that whenever you want to stream to the Veebeam box you just plug in the usb to your computer and it does all the work for you. Veebeam couldn’t be made better at this point it is simply amazing.
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