"Works as promised right out of the box! Painless setup!"4.5 starson by wjlundjr
Pros: Works as promised right out of the box! Painless setup in 5 minutes, and everything you do on your desktop will display on an HDTV!
Cons: I do wish the base unit had an on/off switch. Sometimes my desktop will not detect the HDTV and I have to disconnect the power plug to the base unit, then plug it back in to reset the connection between my computer and the base.
Summary: I had evaluated and read reviews on the Roku, Apple TV, WD Live and other such devices, but none of these allowed me to view anything displayed on my computer on my HDTV. I found a couple other devices besides the Imation unit which were cheaper but got lousy reviews, especially regarding tech support. I figured I would rather stick to an established company like Imation, and decided to wait a few months to see if the price would come down on the Imation from around $140 to $100 like the Apple and Roku units. When Amazon offered it for $105, I jumped on it, knowing I also had Amazon's excellent return policy if it didn't work out as expected. I'm glad I waited! The unit works as promised! I plugged everything in according to instructions, setting it up for use with my Samsung TV and HP desktop computer, with Windows 7 and 256 MB of dedicated video memory, as well as my Compaq netbook with Windows XP. I did have to do some fiddling with both computers' display settings to find which worked best with my Samsung TV - 1280 x 720 for both the HP and the netbook, using the extend the desktop option. Your display options will likely depend on what your computer's graphics can handle, and also playback quality: I found my netbook's graphics engine unable to handle streamed/downloaded movies/tv shows very well. You may also have to switch your Sound playback device default to that installed by the IMation software when using the unit, "WUSB Audio/Video Device," as I did. First, I tried renting a movie from Amazon's service and playing it back on my desktop, but the video playback was not as good as I'd hoped. I then signed up for the Netflix streaming service, and found the video reproduction to be much better with this service; the free Hulu service playback also worked well. So, the Imation unit works well, but it seems that the quality of playback of videos and movies depends on what your computer's graphics can handle, and this is likely true of Roku's or any other such device you would buy. Only one negative comment: I do wish the base unit had an on/off switch. Sometimes my desktop will not detect the HDTV and I have to disconnect the power plug to the base unit, then plug it back in to reset the connection between my computer and the base. I've been playing around with this device for about six weeks now and I am very happy with it thus far! Everything I can do on my desktop I can now display on my HDTV - why limit yourself to just those services Roku and Apple decide to offer? I don't know why Cnet has not reviewed this unit as yet. Like to get a free iPad? Go to http://apple.**************.co.uk/615100 to find out how!