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Q-Waves Quicklink HD review

Jim Martin
4 May 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
122
inc VAT

An expensive niche product, but it works well enough.

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We've already tested out Intel's Wireless Display by using a Dell Inspiron 15R laptop with WiDi built in, and a Netgear Push 2 TV, but the experience left us frustrated. Not only was the connection unreliable, but you couldn't use your laptop for anything else while a video was playing.

Q-Waves' Quicklink HD kit claims to solve both problems. First, it uses Wireless USB technology - also known as Ultra WideBand - rather than WiFi. This provides a connection speed of up to 480Mbit/s and allows your TV to run as an extended desktop, so you can continue to use your laptop screen for other tasks.

Q-Waves Quicklink HD without Wi-Fi dongle

The kit supports video up to 1,920x1,080 and audio up to 5.1 channels, so your laptop needs to be powerful enough to play video with these specifications. The laptop doesn't need a Full HD display, of course, as the video will be played back on your HD TV. Unfortunately Blu-ray video isn't supported. In the box you'll find two USB dongles, a base unit with HDMI, optical S/PDIF and minijack headphone outputs and a power supply. You plug the dongle with the right-angle USB port into your laptop or PC and the other into the base. There are two positions - horizontal and vertical - but the manual advises positioning both dongles vertically.

Wireless USB isn't like WiFi: it works within a room and needs line-of-sight. For the best performance there should be no obstructions between the dongles, and Q-waves say they need to be placed less than 3m apart for proper pairing, and no more than 6m apart for streaming.

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