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Sunday, September 02, 2007

From your UMPC to your TV using a GXP 2000

P9020017I recently had the opportunity to test the Grandtec Grand Ultimate XP GXP 2000 PC to TV converter. I have to say that while I was really impressed with how the Samsung Q1 performed in this task I was not impressed at all with this converter. It took me a long time to set it in my Toshiba HD TV 42" to get a view where I could read the letters or the screen of any opened application. In a Sanyo 22" TV was just impossible. I have to say that I tested the RCA Video connection and the S-Video but this converter has and RGB out and a Component Video out which should give better video out to your HD TV.P9020035

Watching video the GXP 2000 performed a lot better but the picture was not that sharp like the one I was getting in the Q1. Despite all this I decided to watch a movie this Sunday afternoon using my 15 hours per month of Instant Movies from Netflix.

The first problem was Network connectivity. I do have WiFi at home but the speed of it did not convince me for this task so I decided to use a Netgear Wall-plugged Bridge XE102. I have been using these bridges to connect my Tivo via Slingbox to my WiFi Router located in another room of my house and I'm really very pleased with them. And I was right, the Netflix player connected to a higher speed than using the Q1 WiFi Card and higher speed means better image quality.

One video clip in cases like this says more than 1000 words so here it's:

You can find more pictures of the GXP 2000 here.

Conclusion

You can find PC to TV converter in the range of $50 to $120. This one is sold for around $90. While this one performed Ok playing movies if was almost unusable reading a web page or any kind of small text. So in a scale from 1 to 10, I would give this a 6.

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