Expanding on your screening possibilities is the Veebeam. An ultra-sleek and simple way for you to get more great content on your big screen, the Veebeam boasts that if it will play on your PC, you can watch it on your TV. The list of viewing opportunities online is growing daily, whether it’s Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, network websites, or a host of others. The trouble is, few people are set up to really take advantage of this, and not many are ever going to be. Let’s face it, I have two TVs with PC in capabilities, but I’m never going to do anything with them.
Now, to be perfectly honest, there are plenty of ways for most people to get their Netflix streaming or access Hulu. In fact, for a lot of things, I’m completely happy to watch on the laptop screen. But, not everyone has an XBOX, and there aren’t a lot of options out there that will get you everything the internet (and your laptop) has to offer. Besides, who wants to watch a streaming movie on the smallest screen possible?
Exceptionally simple to use, the base unit connects to your TV with either an HDMI cable or analog hookup (depending on your capability, and whether or not you have the Veebeam HD model). The base stays by your TV, and you simply download and install software to your laptop, then plug in the USB connector to your laptop. You’re done. Whatever you can watch on your laptop can show up on your TV.
Where the Veebeam really delivers the value is in the fact that it is truly all-in-one. You might get your Netflix elsewhere, but with the Play-To mode, you can stream downloaded files (or whatever you might have on your laptop) to your TV while using your laptop for anything else you might want to multi-task as you watch.
I ran it through a lot of situations (using both the HDMI and analog connections), and the only problems I encountered were when Netflix acted up, and didn’t quite deliver consistent video. In fairness, I should say that I occasionally run into that when streaming Netflix through my Tivo as well. Everything else played perfectly through multiple tests, no matter where the video was coming from. Whether it was Hulu, network television websites, or even just surfing around the internet and finding movie trailers, sports, or webseries, everything played brilliantly.
However, you don’t want to shrug off the system requirements. Their website lists a CPU requirement of – 2.2 GHz or greater Intel Core 2 Duo or Intel i3, i5, and i7 – and they aren’t kidding. If you don’t have the muscle, don’t bother. Their website also has a system checker, if you visit the Veebeam HD product page, a quick download will check your computer and give you the green light.
Possibly one of the biggest positives of the unit is that there isn’t much more to say about it. It’s a slick-looking, unobtrusive box that you won’t mind having next to your other equipment, it’s as simple as could be, and it works great.
There is so much content out there now, but much of it gets ignored by most people. You’ve got your big screen television, and the fact that the networks have episodes of your favorite show available on the internet doesn’t mean much to you. How interesting is it really that there are a multitude of sporting events you could be watching, when you have to watch them on a 15″ screen?
Veebeam also offers a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee, and a 1-Year Warranty.
I highly recommend that everyone try this out. Surf around, and I’ll think you’ll be amazed just how much this could change your screening habits.