If you’re in the market for a wireless HDMI transmitter, you probably know that there are several different models to choose from. However, you can’t just pick one at random and call it a day. Instead, you have to do your homework first, and see which one really is the best. Why is this step so important? Because:
1. You don’t want any compression problems
Unfortunately, a less-than-stellar wireless HDMI transmitter may not be as dedicated to uncompressed video as you are! Unless your transmitter specifically lists uncompressed wireless transmission as one of its features, you could wind up with video that doesn’t look as good as it should, or issues that pop up when you’re trying to use it at a farther distance.
2. You don’t want to spend your life buffering
How annoying are those internet videos that take forever to load? You get through the first couple of seconds, and then all of a sudden, the picture freezes, and you’re told that the video is “buffering”. Sadly, this oh-so-annoying occurrence can become a daily staple in your home if you pick the wrong wireless HDMI transmitter! That’s because yours may not come with less than one millisecond of latency or zero frame delay.
If you think you can get away with several milliseconds of latency or even the tiniest bit of frame delay, think again. The numbers may look small, but they can wind up giving you big problems!
3. You don’t want to drop your resolution
Some wireless HDMI transmitters do just fine when they’re sitting close to the receiver. But once you move them further away, you realize they’re not as state-of-the-art as you first thought. For example, some transmitters can’t handle 1080p video if they’re too far from the receiver. If you want to see anything at all, you have to switch the transmitter to 720p or even 480p. Just like that, you’re watching a “dumbed down” version of your video!
4. You don’t want to go on a never-ending quest for a line of sight
Depending on what you plan on using your wireless HDMI transmitter for, there may be times when you can’t get a clear line of sight between the transmitter and the receiver. So, if your transmitter needs a clear line of sight, it’s going to be worthless.
That’s why it’s so important to look for a transmitter that can handle further distances. And, in addition to being able to transmit over hundreds of feet, the best transmitters will be able to work through walls and ceilings and still send HD video that looks crystal clear! So, read the fine print carefully before you buy.
5. You don’t want to lug around a bunch of heavy equipment
A good wireless HDMI transmitter will only weigh a few ounces. (Heck, that’s probably less than your smartphone weighs!) That way, you can tuck it anywhere — like in your briefcase or even in your pocket — and take it anywhere you need it. But if you skimp on your transmitter, you could end up with something that’s big and cumbersome to lug around, meaning you won’t get as much use out of it as you want!