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Sewell Hammerhead VGA to HDMI Active Converter 1080p Compact Size
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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2010
Style Name: RCA (Composite/Audio)Verified Purchase
This is a terrific laptop-to-tv adapter. The composite video output enabled me to connect to older and newer TV's while staying at several different hotels on a recent trip. I heartily recommend this adapter for travellers who want to connect laptops to a variety of TV's.
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2010
Style Name: RCA (Composite/Audio)
This product works really well. Does it exactly what you expect it to, going from your VGA and headphones ports right into your TV. And what's more, all the cables are attached in a clean bundle. Most of the other products out there don't do sound. The Sewell does. I haven't had to mess with the controls on the box itself because it looked so good the first time. All I needed was to reboot my computer and change the resolution. I highly recommend!
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2010
Style Name: RCA (Composite/Audio)Verified Purchase
Easily view streaming movies from my laptop (the reason I got it). Small font's can be a little difficult to read. Perfect compromise between picture quality and price. I love the cable setup; easy to manage. I'd buy it again!
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2011
Style Name: RCA (Composite/Audio)Verified Purchase
This adapter does exactly what it states. You connect it to your PC (desktop or Laptop's) VGA port, connect the USB cable for power and the audio cable to your headphones port all on your computer. Next connect the RCA cables (Not supplied) from the adapter to your TV. I purchased 25FT RCA cables so my laptop doesn't need to sit right next to the TV for convenience. Works great, very nice picture quality. You can stream Netflicks, Hulu, etc. from your PC to your TV or put up anything thats on your PC screen to the TV for presentations etc.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2012
Style Name: HDMIVerified Purchase
After trying another VGA to HDMI converter that was $15 less but didn't work as advertised, I returned it to Amazon and ordered the Sewell Hammerhead. It arrived just a couple of days later, in brand new condition. I was surprised at the quality of the packaging - it was very nice! Judging by the photos on Amazon, you might expect the Hammerhead to be a lightweight plastic part - but it's actually pretty solid with great build quality. Sewell includes a short VGA extender cable (I didn't need it) and a micro USB cable for powering via USB port. It's all presented very well in a sturdy, protective box with nice graphics, almost like something you would expect to house a quality watch. I plugged the Hammerhead into my Media PC laptop's VGA output connector and then ran an HDMI cable to the input on my HDTV. Windows 7 recognized the Hammerhead as a Sony HDTV and offered many resolutions, from 640 x 480 all the way up to 1920 x 1200. I chose 1920 x 1080 (the TV's native resolution) and immediately enjoyed a full screen, HD display from my laptop. Colors, fonts and images were all extremely sharp, as if looking at the laptop's built-in display. I played a few videos and there was no appreciable lag or other performance issues. All in all, I'm very happy with this purchase and would recommend it to anyone looking to connect a VGA output from their computer to their HDTV.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2011
Style Name: RCA (Composite/Audio)Verified Purchase
As a good consumer, I read quite a few reviews concerning this product and some of the competing products. Based on the product description and the reviews, I decided to purchase this product. I understood the aspects of the video conversion and the quality of the target TV (a 27" CRT) so my expectations were reasonable. I did not expect to be able to read the small print on the screen and just wanted to be able to watch streaming video of TV shows, movies, and picture slideshows on my TV. I was not disappointed.

When I first received the unit and hooked it up using a S-video cable I already had, it was very fuzzy and jumpy. I brought down the screen resolution to 1024 x 768 pixels and the picture looked much better. As a techie, I played with all the settings for awhile trying to get the best picture. Some settings have more effect than others. What I found out was that adjusting the TV controls directly, such as brightness, contrast, sharpness, etc., gave me the best overall picture than using most of the settings on the unit.

The first streaming show I saw (after I got the box set up) was the Roy Orbinson concert on Amazon Prime Instant Video. It was filmed in black & white. Believe it or not, getting black & white to look good is not as easy as you might think. It takes some time and effort to get the right balance of brightness and contrast since you don't want it to be too bright or too dark and also want to have good grey scales as well. Once I got the right brightness/contrast balance and sharpened it up (all using the TV settings) the picture looked great. I also watched a show (in color) directly after the concert and the colors looked quite good.

Pluses:
Good price
All-in-one cable for easy hook up
Both composite video and S-video outputs (use S-video if you can - much better picture)
Powered by computer usb port, so no extra power cables needed
Works well with videos and pictures (your TV is not a monitor, so don't expect to use it as one).

Minuses:
Skimpy manual
Menu items are large and sometimes get in the way when you are trying to see certain parts of the screen that you want to adjust.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2010
Style Name: RCA (Composite/Audio)
In this age of laptops with only HDMI output and no more S-video, we had a problem trying to get computer video onto our old standard def TV. Since all laptops still have VGA outputs, this sounded like a good way to go. It was easy to set up and works with any of our computers with no added software or training for our non-techie family members. It doesn't have the greatest quality conversion - I miss the S-video cable - but it is quite usable and did exactly what we needed.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2011
Style Name: RCA (Composite/Audio)Verified Purchase
I own a 32" Sony WEGA and I am delaying the need to switch to an LCD screen as long as possible. I was looking for a solution that will
1. Not require a monthly fee for a DVR (think Tivo, $12-$15 a month)
2. Not limit the websites I can watch shows from(think Roku or Apple TV) Roku only allows you to watch from a few websites like Hulu Plus, Amazon VOD etc. Apple TV likewise has limited sites you can view shows from.

Sewell PC to TV VGA was the best solution I had found.

Here is why:
I follow several TV shows like Private Practice, Greys Anatomy, The Mentalist, HGTV's Property Virgins etc. I was choosing between buying Tivo, Roku, or Apple TV to be able to watch these shows on my TV. Tivo was the best solution but it charged a monthly fee (12-15) and required a down payment. The other possible choices were Roku and Apple TV. For Roku, you have to watch the TV episodes on certain websites like Hulu Plus, Youtube, Amazon Video On Demand etc. The problem with some of these sites is they are not always updated with the latest episodes of the shows I watch. If you want the latest episodes, you have to pay a monthly fee of 7.99 a month on Hulu Plus! Some shows in Hulu are not very up to date as well. For example, on Saturday, I tried to watch the latest episode of Private Practice (which was aired three days before), but Hulu says the episode is coming soon. I have not tried Apple TV, but I have heard about shows limited to the ones available in the Itunes Store. Do correct me if I am wrong.

With Sewell PC to TV VGA, I can simply go onto the various TV network websites, and watch the latest episodes from there for free. If I want to go to Amazon or Netflix, I can still do so. I have the option of going to any website I want.
Note, however, the picture quality not the same level as cable TV (brightly lit scenes can appear very saturated in the background). The color and lighting settings are adjustable, and you have to tinker around to make sure the settings are optimized for viewing on your TV (took me 5-10 minutes to adjust the settings). Overall, unlimited website options, a decent viewing quality and the lack of a monthly subscription fee made this product the best choice for me.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2010
Style Name: RCA (Composite/Audio)Verified Purchase
Sewell PC to TV (VGA to RCA) Converter w/ All in one cable

The product from Sewell, their PC to TV converter works as advertised. The all in cable is also very handy by reducing the need for multiple separate cables. This cable also eliminates the need for external power from an AC adapter. Other converters I have looked at did not have this option. The on screen menu provides enough tweaking, if needed, to get the best image.

I have used this product a handful of times and have had no issues. I would recommend this device as a great way to get a computer hooked up to a TV, if HDMI is not option.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2010
Style Name: RCA (Composite/Audio)Verified Purchase
I purchased the PC to TV converter expecting to stream movies from the Web. It does that quite well!

Did have an issue initially as the VGA pass through left the monitor some what dark. I contact Sewell support and they offered to replace the unit no problem. I decided I would rather use my work around instead. I had a VGA splitter cable and just paralleled the display - problem solved.

Since, then I picked up a dual display video card and use one port for the PC to TV Converter and the other to drive my monitor directly. Works like a champ!

I use the VGA to composite video output with my 52in rear projection TV 15ft away still works great. And while it's not HD I can still read the text displayed on the screen. Adjusting the Color/Brightness/Contrast/Saturation is not easy. Controls are fine it may well be the operator! and I have found that some movies lack contrast and brightness. I don't think it's due to the converter. More likely the pirated movies found on the net!

For the price, coupling your PC to your TV gives some great entertainment!! With a DSL connection with at least 1.5 meg sustained download speed you get streaming video on demand!
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