Belkin ScreenCast AV4 review: Belkin ScreenCast AV4

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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.

Setting the ScreenCast AV4 up is a cinch, as the transmitter and receiver are paired up in the factory. Once all of the appropriate cables are connected, and you switch your ScreenCast AV4 and TV on for the first time, you may be prompted to jump through some set-up tasks, such as naming your inputs, but they have no bearing on the performance of the system, and can quite easily be skipped. The remote for the ScreenCast AV4 is a simple affair, with an OK/Menu button flanked by up and down buttons, which, outside of the menu system, simply cycles through the available inputs.

If the devices you connect to the transmitter are hidden away in a cabinet or in another room altogether, you'll need to utilise the set of infrared transmitters included, and place them pointing towards your devices' IR ports. Getting this set-up right can be quite fiddly, as the weight of the IR transmitter cable often overwhelms the transmitter itself. If the alignment is even slightly out of whack, remote control clicks can take several attempts before they register. Devices with Bluetooth controllers, such as a PS3 or an Xbox 360, will need to be within range, but they don't require any extra mucking about.

Caveats

On the first unit we tried, after about a week of use, the remote control became unreliable. If we were in the set-up menus, it operated perfectly, but, once an input had been selected, none of the buttons responded to our repeated jabs. This may have been a minor inconvenience, as the system features an input selection button on the rear of the receiver, but we were unable to dismiss the on-screen menus without a working remote.

Conclusion

With a list price of just AU$299, the ScreenCast AV4 is recommended to anyone with a wall-mounted TV set-up, or just looking to de-clutter.

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