Review: Warpia Wireless USB PC to TV Audio/Video Display Adapter


The Warpia Wireless USB PC to TV Audio/Video Display Adapter will allow you to view pictures, video and the web from your PC on your presumably (and hopefully) larger television at an output of 720p. It also allows you to use audio from your television and its sound system rather than your PC or laptop. Setting up is extremely easy and you’re on your way to using your new adapter in only a few minutes. Before we get into the review, it might be a good idea to look at the specifications required of your computer/laptop to see if you are able to use the adapter.

Minimum CPU & Memory Requirements
Windows XP:
For office use, web browsing etc: 1.6Ghz Atom processor and 512MB memory.
For 720p/ full screen video: 1.8Ghz Core 2 Duo processor and 1 GB memory.

Windows Vista & Windows 7:
For office use, web browsing etc: 1.6Ghz Core Single processor and 1 GB memory.
For 720p/full screen video: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8Ghz with 1 GB memory.

System Requirements
Personal computer with USB 2.0 port available.
Microsoft Windows XP w/Service Pack 3, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 compatible.
TV/display/projector with VGA or HDMI port.

Equipment Used for Testing

The laptop I tested the display adapter on is a Lenovo i5 CPU at 2.40Ghz with 4 GB of ram on a 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. The 720p Samsung HD television used is 30″ in diameter.

Video Playback
Warpia claims that their product supports up to 720p video, and it does just that. I tested Youtube and a few other sites in both mirror mode and extend mode. After using Warpia’s suggested tips, such as plugging my laptop in, optimizing for video and using the Windows 7 Aero theme, I was able to play 720p videos with no noticeable loss of frame rate. Playing dvds though, I did notice that the frame rate wasn’t quite as smooth compared to when it’s played on a regular dvd and tv or on the laptop’s screen. There was some frame rate dipping, but it was very minimal and didn’t ruin my viewing experience of Spider-Man. Strangely enough, when I plugged the HDMI cable directly into my laptop to watch Spider-Man, there was some minor screen tearing that didn’t occur while using Warpia’s adapter.

Picture Viewing
Pictures were very accurately displayed on my television and are possibly the best reason to get the adapter. There was no noticeable loss of clarity or color. I actually stared in awe at, of all things, the standard nature photos that come with Windows 7 as their vividness brightened up my room.

Web Browsing
I tried browsing the web on my television and while it does work, it’s not as clear as I would have liked it to be. I found that in order for it to be able to read small text similar to that found in an email, I had to increase the text size of the browser (ctrl +). This means that you might also have to use the horizontal scroll bar a tiny bit, depending on how much you increase the text size. Other than that though, you’ll be able to relax on your couch while browsing, which I’m sure is preferred by many over sitting at a desk.

Next are the specifications given by the manufacturer. You can check that out, or skip ahead to the pros, cons and conclusion section.

Specifications

Audio/Video Base

• VGA and HDMI connectors for an HD TV, projector, or computer monitor.

• 3.5mm audio jack (Stereo)

• 32-bit True Color support with display resolution of up to 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+)

• Up to SXGA+ (1400×1050) resolutionfor it

• 48 kHz, 16-bit Stereo via audio jack or HDMI connector

• Power supply unit 5VDC

PC and Device Adapters

• USB type-A male

• Internal antenna

• Single LED – Power/traffic

Standards

• Wireless USB 1.0, USB-IF certified

• Certified WiMedia PHY and MAC

• 3.168 to 4.752 GHz (WiMedia band group 1)

General

• Same room range, up to 30ft

• 128-bit AES security

• Regulation compliant to US, Japan, Europe, Korea

• Software drivers: Windows® 7/ Vista™SP2/ XP® SP3

• Input voltage: 100-240V, 50/60Hz

• Operating temperature range: 0-40 C

Pros

• Very easy to set up. Ready to view on your television in minutes.

• Able to display video, pictures, and web very well.

• You can relax from up to 30 feet away with your laptop, displaying everything on your large television.

Cons

• Small frame rate loss while watching dvds

• USB adapter that goes into computer can be turned to the side. Not extremely sturdy.

Conclusion
The Warpia audio/display adapter does exactly what it’s supposed to: allow you to relax on your couch while you remotely use your laptop to view things on your television. The only downside to this is that if your pc or laptop is close enough, you can simply use an HDMI cable, though there are probably people out there who don’t want a cord running across their room. Using the Warpia adapter though, everything can remain hooked up, conveniently leaving only the small USB adapter to be plugged in.

The Warpia USB PC to TV Audio/Video Display Adapter can be found online for around $116. While we haven’t reviewed it, they also have another more recent adapter, the SWP 120A STREAM HD, that outputs at 1080p for about $140.

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