WTF is the Optoma WHD200?

Wireless TV box taketh away, wireless TV box giveth.
WTF is the Optoma WHD200?

Looks stunning. I’ll take ten.Now don’t be sniffy. Not everything obscure has to look fantastic. Nor does everything fantastic need to look obscure. Sometimes, within the confines of relatively featureless black boxes, life-changing functionality can be found. In this case, the removal of some of those pesky HDMI cables that are snaking around your house, tripping up the maid and chewed by the dog. Previously available only in Europe but now wired up British-style, the WHD200 forms an up-to-20m wireless link between the end of two HDMI cables.

 
WTF is the Optoma WHD200?

Twenty metres! At last, I can stream TV to the Wendy house.Uh, nope. See, the WHD200 deliberately uses a different wireless frequency than that used by your Wi-Fi router and cordless phone and whatnot, so as to reduce interference. This is clever thinking. However, the higher frequency makes the signal less capable of travelling through walls and windows. Less clever. Chief use case scenario then, far as we can see, is for someone who has a dual TV and projector setup in the same room.

The transmitter box has two HDMI 1.4 inputs and one output, so day-to-day you can watch TV on your normal TV box, but wirelessly send the signal to your roof-mounted megaprojector for special occasions. Like the University Challenge quarters.

WTF is the Optoma WHD200?

Talk to me about quality, though, because I like my Bamber Gascoigne to be sharp.Few people sharper than a Bamber, and the WHD200 shouldn’t let you down. Dispel any received notions about wireless streamers – so long as the range isn’t out this box-of-delights will keep up to 1080p60 HD or 1080p24 3D just as crispy as if you were running it through big-ass HDMI cables. The signal can still carry multichannel audio, too, if you’ve got your system wired up that way – there’s a max system latency of 1ms that might need a little tweaking if you’re of the golden-eared persuasion.