Q-Waves – QuickLink HD review

Wireless AV streamer that claims to handle 1080p video
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£132.99

The spaghetti mess of wires that typically plagues a home technology setup is gradually fading away, and Q-waves has put its weight behind a generic solution to further address this problem: the QuickLink HD.

What you get
Comprising of a pair of USB dongles and a USB dock that includes HDMI and optical digital connections, the QuickLink HD allows you to connect directly to a TV, the device using wireless USB to send audio and video from a desktop or laptop computer to the big screen.

The Quicklink is fairly easy to set up and configure, and comes with System Tray software to adjust the orientation and nature of the second display, much as you’d do with a monitor that was connected directly.

The device isn’t intended to send a signal through walls and floors to all rooms of a home. Instead, it requires line of sight to operate at a distance of up to 6 metres. It might, therefore, be used to send a business presentation from a notebook to a TV in the same room, or transmit an audio playlist to a set of connected surround sound speakers.

HD shortcomings
In the situations above, the QuickLink HD worked very well – but we found Q-waves’ claim that it can send up to 1080p video in the same fashion rather optimistic. While the quoted distance seemed accurate and standard definition played back pretty well, we found anything above 720p resolution began to lose quality during our tests.

We also encountered some operational issues due to the fact that our desktop monitor’s native resolution was higher than the TV used to test, which caused the supplied software to reduce the resolution of our computer’s display. While not a massive problem this was quite frustrating, and one that leads us to conclude that the capabilities of the device – certainly in terms of flawless performance – will be limited to low-res video, audio and software display.

Company: Q-Waves

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Verdict
The QuickLink HD is an interesting device, but an expensive one considering the limitations it places on the types of content it can stream flawlessly. If these less demanding environments are a priority it's worth a closer look, but we were expecting it to be a little more capable for high-definition display.