Review of DVDO Air Wireless HD

Reviewed by Joe Whitaker



DVDO Air Wireless HD


DVDO Air Employs 60 GHz Wireless HD (WiHD) Technology for Remarkable Video at Short Distances.

Rating: 9.2 out of 10



Features

DVDO Air comes from DVDO, primarily known for its video processing technology. The company was acquired by HDMI developer Silicon Image in 2000, so you know there’s some video smarts packed into the product. The wireless technology is based on WirelessHD (WiHD), a 60 GHz solution for short-distance wireless HD video. Silicon Image acquired the technology in 2011, so it’s no wonder DVDO Air employs it.

How does it perform? Honestly it works as well as a HDMI cable. The picture is on par with high-speed HDMI cables and the quality is definitely better than half of the HDMI-over-Cat5e/6 baluns that are out there.

There were none, and I mean none, of the usual issues with HDMI that most installers are used to. DVDO claims that interference is not an issue due to the fact that the product operates in the 60 GHz spectrum. On the surface this makes sense since almost all portable devices and cell phones use lower frequencies. Same with Wi-Fi.

Even so, I tried everything I could throw at it—old and new cordless phones, about 15 cell phones, some laptops, ZigBee devices, and a host of other things, none of which blurred the HD video one iota.

And I tried yet another thing: testing the DVDO with an HP laptop that has WiHD built in. DVDO Air worked flawlessly!

I did come up with two shortcomings of DVDO Air, but given how well it works and how many problems it solves, I can certainly live with these limitations.

First, the DVDO Air transmitter and receiver need to be in the same room. The instructions say that distance is 30 feet (10 meters) “line of sight or bounce.” Since the word bounce just doesn’t sit well with me I went for line of site in my personal installation.

Second, the product can run hot. We know this simply by how well the product is vented. So keep that in mind while trying to hide the DVDO Air and make sure it gets some open space.

In the end this has to be one of the best products that I have ever used for wireless HDMI. It outperforms just about everyone out there, and with the ease of use and installation paired with a reasonable price ($399 street), why not?

Rating: 9.5 out of 10


Ease of Installation

Included in the box were both the sending and receiving units, the power supplies for both, HDMI cables for each end, and some mounting brackets for versatility. I turned everything off and connected the components. I plugged everything in, then I turned everything back on. Done!

Hard to find an install any simpler than that! And you don't have to be a professional installer to do it!

Rating: 10.0 out of 10


Reliability

The reliability of HDMI cables once connected and left alone are typically several years or more.

The DVDO Air being a wireless system with a single function can be expected to have similar reliability as long as properly ventilated. This of course assumes you will not encounter any manufacturing or design defects in the new product.

DVDO provides a 1-year warranty with this product.

Rating: 8 out of 10