Netgear Push2TV HD (PTV2000)

The Good Hardware set-up is very simple. 1080p desktop streaming works well. No audio de-sync. Multiple adapters supported.

The Bad Updating software to get things to work is overly complex. High bitrate 720p and 1080p videos aren't completely smooth. Around a half-second delay means gaming isn't advisable. Works with Intel WiDi-compatible laptops only. Can suffer from Wi-Fi interference.

The Bottom Line Netgear has produced quite the nice little device, and it's a glimpse at the future of wireless video. But the Intel lock-in and bandwidth limitations mean that people will be more likely to just hook laptops up directly with HDMI.

Editors' Rating
8.0 Overall

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Review

Netgear Push2TV HD (PTV2000)

Looking very much like a miniature version of its routers, Netgear's Push2TV HD is the first device we've seen that takes advantage of Intel's Wireless Display (WiDi). It's a small device that allows you to stream the contents of your laptop screen to your TV, up to 1080p.

You'll need a WiDi-compatible laptop for it to work, though, and given how hard some manufacturers make it to discover which wireless chip is inside, making sure that you get the right one could be a challenge. Thankfully, some vendors are actively advertising Intel Wireless Display on their product stickers, but still, we don't envy non-tech savvy people trying to fulfil this requirement.

If you don't hit the requirements, you could always opt for the less powerful, but more flexible, McTivia. It's quite a bit more expensive, has a built-in router and only works up to 720p, but it won't punish you for not having Intel hardware all the way down the chain.

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