What is it?
If you fall into either of the following two categories, Belkin thinks it has the product for you: someone who hates clutter as much as a Today Tonight viewer hates shonky builders; or someone thinking of wall mounting a brand-spanking-new TV, but who has been put off by the prospect of a mess of wires.
With the new Belkin ScreenCast AV4, the only wires you need to connect to your television are the power cable, an HDMI cord linking it to the ScreenCast receiver and, possibly, an antenna cable. All of the equipment that you'd normally hook straight up to the TV, such as your Blu-ray player, cable television box or game console, are connected to one of the ScreenCast AV4 transmitter's four HDMI inputs. The transmitter and receiver communicate on the 5GHz band via a proprietary wireless format.
Does it work?
Yes, yes it does. We're still scratching our heads as to how it all comes together — let's just assume for now that it's black magic.
According to Belkin, the transmitter and the receiver can live up to 30m apart. We managed considerably less than that in our office, around 15m on a good day — although one could reasonably assume that our CBD office has considerably more radio interface than the average household.
With the transmitter and receiver comfortably within their range, picture quality was for 2D and 3D 1080p content, as far as our eyes could tell, identical to over a wired HDMI connection. Place the two units towards the limits of their range and picture quality remains pin sharp, but is marred by missing chunks of pixels. We were able to play racing and shooting titles without a hint of lag.