Atlona HD-AiR wireless HDMI system hands on


Being able to stream wirelessly via an HDMI dongle, for less than $200? Sounds too good to be true, and unfortunately, it is. Connect the dongle via USB to your PC, and then the adapter connects via VGA or HDMI. Their video isn’t working right now, but I’d imagine it will show the terrible performance.


On top of that, we’re not sure if it’s DisplayLink, Wireless USB, or some combination of the two, but the video link seemed pretty bandwidth-starved — full-screen video was close to unwatchable, PowerPoint transitions were kinda jerky, and even just moving windows around was pretty choppy. For such a promising — and much-needed — device, the HD-AiR just doesn’t get it done. Atlona says the next version will have audio support and 1080p video support using the next generation of DisplayLink chips and drivers, but we’d hope the company’s engineers spend a little more time in the lab polishing up their 720p framerates before they push this thing any farther