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Complete Zv system. ZvBox, ZvRemote and accessories turn the output of your computer into a true HDTV channel and broadcasts it to all HDTV¿s in your home. See your favorite content in the same great HD resolution displayed on your computer. ZvRemote controls your computer up to 150¿ away. North American version.
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To begin with, the spec's never said anything about it only having vga connectors. this alone would have keep me from buying it.
I assume that their target buyer is one, like me, that likes to keep current with technology. Not having hdmi or even a simple cable connection seems to limit their customer base. just a cable connector would make it so much easier for most of us.
The touch pad is virtually useless. It jumps around, returns to it's starting point, and generally is unusable. A track ball would have made a lot more sense in terms of simplicity and usability.
The software self-installs quite easily. However in use the system disables your computer monitor, leaving you blind unless you have a television in the same room. That combined with a useless touchpad is a bad joke. It would be simpler to just have the monitor mirror the broadcast.
This is a really great idea, and when they finally make it user friendly I will be happy to beta test it for them.
Blows boxee away. One box in the den, a d it works on three tv's on three floors with the included remote! Zinc browser rocks! The one flaw is the lag on the remote when moving the cursor. Can an update fix this? I'm looking to buy the keyboard but I don't know if the cursor lags on there as well. (anybody use it yet?) the great thing about this is you are futureproofed. If some great new media software comes along you can still use it. Hell, if you like boxee,xbmc you can still use them with this. (zinc's better in my opinion though
* This is a very creative approach to getting around the issue of streaming HD content (actually, VGA content) throughout the home. ZeeVee's paradigm is to broadcast your content from a PC over an unused cable channel...this is a great concept since it doesn't rely on any of the host of other transmission conduits that have have either not been reliable enough or deliver the adequate bandwidth necessary to get the job done, e.g. wireless, powerline, etc...
* When all is said and done, the product DOES work.
* The installation guide just casually expects you to find the root source of the cable signal coming into your home and to hook in a little signal "reflecting" device to ensure your personal channel doesn't transmit all over the neighborhood. Otherwise, conceivably, your neighbor could watch your movies with you, watch you do your banking online, etc... If you install this device anywhere else on your cable line inside the house, you risk cutting off parts of your home from receiving your personal channel.
Now, perhaps in Massachusetts where these guys are based, that's no big deal since cable TV service was patched onto homes that were already decades old. Here in California, the cable connection is relatively embedded...it was installed when the home was built. While it's possible that I could go outside and open up the TV service panel and figure out some way to do all of that without losing signal fidelity, I'm less than excited about actually doing the deed. For many, I'd expect that this is far beyond their technical capability.
* Software stability issues. I installed the requisite driver software on a Vista PC, and my PC seems to be running into technical issues on a pretty regular basis. This is a "clean" PC--i.e. there's hardly anything installed on it to interfere--so I'd simply point out that you might expect to run into some software glitches initially.
* Image issues. I'm not going to nitpick the quality of the image transmitted (which is fine within all reasonable standards), but more about how its configuration is absolutely frustrating. First, the assumption is made that you'll simply patch their box onto the existing VGA line running from your PC to monitor. I hate to tell the manufacturers this, but it's 2008 and folks who are buying a device such as this probably are not living in a world of analog video signals. Nonetheless, I hooked it up to a laptop and found the software messing absolutely everything up on PC...screens going blank, resolutions being changed, etc...
In terms of usability, the problem ultimately was that even with the device's "calibration" capability, it was impossible to properly frame your PC's screen on the TV. For example, you're supposed to properly position a picture of a flower on the TV in order to ensure your video output will fit similarly. The first problem is that the image of the flower isn't 16:9...it's off somewhat, so you're fighting a battle of trying to figure out whether to crop off the top/bottom of your screen image or have black vertical bars on either side.
Ultimately, it seems to be impossible to get back to the point of trying to re-calibrate the Flower from Heck...the software keeps crashing (see earlier feedback), so in my case, I simply had to live with the minor issue of having no ribbon bar or start menu on the bottom of my screen.
* Fidgety remote. Again, I like the concept of having a single remote control that can command the host PC into opening windows, launching videos, etc... The problem is that there is a serious lag issue...you move the mouse on your remote, and about 3/4 of a second later, the mouse spurts around on-screen, somewhat uncontrollably. The remote, which is wireless, was only about two feet from the included receiver, so signal strength shouldn't have been an issue.
* Thou Shalt Be Channel 125. On a separate aside, you are "forced" to being on a single, pre-selected channel, all of which is dependent on which "reflector" is packaged in your box. (I guess 125 and 135 are the two models they're shipping out.) Unfortunately, both 125 and 135 are "real" channels on my cable system, so you effectively have to forfeit the content delivered by your cable provider. Theoretically, you can ask for a different reflector on a different channel, but I suspect they're going to give you the choice between...channel 125 and channel 135.
This is a cool technology to try out, but unless you're just a real nerd who likes the idea of creating his own TV channel and possibly hijacking neighbors' TV sets, I'd sit out this generation of product and wait for 2.0.
* the software to become more stable
* for some easier implementation of "reflectors"/filters (possibly like how DSL does it...a different filter available for each cable connection throughout the house.)
* for a DVI connection, not VGA (duh!), which should also lead to fewer "calibration" issues.
In a nutshell (at the time I bought this):
1. There was no information available it wouldn't work on a MAC. Not even a mac running any
flavor of windows. Come on. MACs are preferred for video applications.
2. The unit only works on a selective number of video cards. The list is not mentioned in
their web page. Ofcourse you find this out after you purchase the Windows PC because the MAC
3. Now I have my new DELL ZINO. Guess what, it doesn't work. Sigh. ZeeVee doesn't support Windows 7. I'm not a complete idiot to buy it with Vista. This company is not ready for the real world.
Conclusion: I assembled an old PC running XP just so I wouldn't completely lose use of a $500 unit. The Zino went on to be a content server for an Apple TV which took the place of the ZeeVee.
Don't buy this product until you have talked to someone (Melanie) at ZeeVee to see if it will work on your system first.
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