Published on December 11th, 2011 | by Ruth0
Dispense With Messy Wires With Philips Wireless HD Net Connect
Are you tired of wires clogging up your living room? Notice that elves seem to be sneaking in and tangling them all, leaving you in a less-than-festive mood? Just in time for holiday entertaining, we tried out the Philips Wireless HD Net Connect, perfect for sending movies from Netflix on your computer over to your big-screen HDTV. (Note: this does require an HDMI port on your laptop or desktop. Mac users, especially, check to see if you have one or you’ll have to buy an adaptor.) The Philips Wireless HD Net Connect is available on Amazon for $250.
Those of you who are familiar with wireless HDMI systems (like many of our staff), skip this paragraph. For those of you who (like some of our staff) blinked and got glassy-eyed at the mention, a wireless HDMI system replaces the wires, enabling you to send media from your laptop or PC to your TV through the air. Let’s say you want to watch Matt Damon blow stuff up in Bourne Identity on Netflix, but realize that your laptop just isn’t doing justice to the explosions. If only you could transport the viewing to your big TV screen that’s sitting across the room, mocking you… That’s why you should get a wireless HDMI. Alternatively, you could get an Apple TV, or some other media player, but this system allows you to share presentations, photos, and pretty much anything from your computer screen. That’s right, you can justify it as an office expense. You can also show off photos from your latest vacation to the Mount Rushmore without making people squint to see the faces.
For those of us whose idea of fun does not include lengthy set-up processes, the relatively easy set-up was highly appreciated. The device doesn’t require software installation, or other annoying configurations- just plug it in and go. At about 2 lbs and roughly the size of a cable box, it’s also possible to take it with you on business trips, to make presentations smoother and more efficient by cutting out the 15 min. of fumbling for the correct wire set-ups.
We’ve tried out other, less pricey, Wireless HDMI systems in the past. So what makes this worth the extra $100? Unlike devices in the past that require line-of-sight, the Philips Wireless Net Connect does not. To some of us, this can seem like a trifling detail, until a group is trying to watch a movie and one of your friends shifts position and suddenly, right at the climactic action seen where the car is soaring over the bridge, the picture cuts out. The device has a pretty long distance available, too- 23 feet. That means you can put it pretty much anywhere in the living room. Behind the TV? On a bookshelf? Under the couch with the lost slippers and cat toys? (Not sure why you’d want to store it there, but we’re open…)
Though the $250 price tag made us shudder a bit at first, the Philips Wireless Net Connect won us over because it’s easy to use. If you’re already really comfortable with all the technological gadgets that come out, and delight in finding ways to make them work together, this device might not be for you. If you want to have something that works without hassle that you can use for watching movies at home, taking your laptop to show photos on the big screen at the grandparents’ or making a presentation while on the road for work, this is a good device for you.