How often have you found yourself in a situation where you’re watching a movie or browsing photos on your Mac or PC but want to see it on your big screen TV? Quite often I suppose, given everyone’s desire to see everything “bigger and better”. And if you do not have a TV close to your desktop, or don’t want to go through the hassle of having to connect an HDMI from your TV to your laptop, then the Imation Link wireless extender is your other best option.
The idea behind the Imation Link is simple: watch your videos and pictures streamed from your computer on to your TV without the mess of multiple cables. The limiting factors being that you can only stream videos smoothly up to a resolution of 720p and pictures up to 1080p. Also, streaming can only be achieved properly in a 30 feet line-of-sight radius. For any A/V enthusiast, these are pretty limiting factors, at least the 720p video playback; let’s see if Imation’s claim to these features is correct.
The Imation Link connects to your computer via a USB dongle. The Link wireless extender itself connects to your TV via HDMI, and, of course, a power outlet. Setting up the Link on a PC couldn’t be easier. Simply plug in the USB dongle in your Windows desktop or laptop and the drivers will be installed directly from the USB. Once that is done, hook up the link to your TV, select the correct input channel and you’re good to go in no more than 3 minutes. On Macs the process is similar, except you have a separate drivers CD from which to install the drivers.
The connection between the Link and the USB dongle is it’s own ultra-wideband wireless, so you don’t need to worry about any interference with your WiFI connection at home or office. Basically once a connection is established, the DisplayLink software literally extends your desktop from your existing monitor onto the TV. Now let’s get into the crux of the review: the actual experience.