If you’re in the market for a wireless HDMI transmitter/receiver, you’ve probably noticed that there are a ton of options to choose from. But if you want to make sure you wind up with the best wireless HDMI transmitter, you’ve got to get the answers to these 6 questions before you hand over your credit card information:
1. “How much does it weigh?”
Chances are your hands are full enough as it is. The last thing you need is more heavy equipment to weigh you down. That’s why you need to make sure that your wireless HDMI transmitter system only weighs a couple of ounces. In fact, it should be easier to lug around than your smart phone. That way, you’ll be able to wirelessly capture all of the high-quality video you need, without breaking your back. As long as you’ve got a pocket, you’ll be ready to go!
2. “How does it actually send and receive things?”
OK, so you’ve already figured out that your transmitter is going to use a wireless signal to send and receive video and audio, but you’ve got to take things one step further if you want to make the very best purchase. Specifically, you’ve got to make sure that your wireless HDMI transmitter takes advantage of dynamic frequency selection — meaning that it automatically searches for a low interference frequency channel. That way, you won’t have to worry about static, snow, buzzing, or other types of congestion making their way into your stuff!
3. “How strong is the wireless signal?”
Sure, using low interference transmission channels is great, but they won’t do you any good if your wireless HDMI transmitter isn’t strong enough to send audio and video through walls and ceilings. After all, it’s pretty rare to have a setup that’s completely unobstructed, so you’re going to need to make sure that your equipment fits in with the design of the space you’ll be working in.
4. “What’s the latency?”
For all of you non-techies out there, latency is the amount of time it takes for your equipment to process information (or, in this case, the time it takes for your packets of audio and video data to go from one place to another). The higher the latency, the longer of a delay you’ll have to deal with. The best wireless HDMI transmitters will have a latency period of less than 1 millisecond — or, the same amount of time it takes for a camera’s flash bulb to go off.
5. “Can it accommodate 1080p?”
You may think that HDMI is as good as it gets. However, your HDMI connection isn’t worth much if it can’t send and receive 1080p video (not to be confused with 1080i). If you have any plans to grab a still frame from your video, put some of the video in slow motion, or scale the video up or down, you’ll need 1080p. If you try to do any of these things with 1080i, you’ll wind up with jerking video and a finished product that doesn’t look as smooth as it should.
6. “What about other types of video?”
As great as 1080p looks, there may be instances where you simply can’t work with it. That’s why you need a wireless HDMI transmitter that can also handle lower video formats — like 720. That way, you’ll be covered in any situation!
Interested to see some of the best Wireless HDMI Transmission Systems in action? Check out this direct comparison video of the leading wireless HDMI transmitters in the market being put to the test in the same exact setup.