Price: $ 250
As amazing as our streaming technology has become, it's still not easy to get a solid wireless video without a server in between. The various solutions to this all seem to involve some significant trade-offs. Until now.
What We Like
- Very Solid Radio Signal
- Easy Setup
- Excellent Range
Nyrius, an electronics supplier I'd never heard of before, turned to us with a tester for wireless HDMI -System. The Aries Pro uses a point-to-point transmitter and receiver as opposed to a kind of streaming software or a server-side system like Steam In-Home Streaming or Chromecast. And amazingly it works. It works pretty well: The resolution is set to 1080p at 60 frames per second, and for most content it's almost impossible to say that you're even working with a wireless setup. Is it enough to justify a high price of $ 250? That will probably depend on the user. But the technology and its ease of use are impressive.
Far too little
The Aries Pro consists of two basic components: the small HDMI transmitter, which looks like an "HDMI stick," and the receiver, which is a bulkier box the size of the Roku with an HDMI Connection is full size. The former is powered by a simple USB-to-miniUSB cable (somewhat outdated, but works), while the latter requires its own power outlet on your power supply. It looks surprisingly simple: The only strange thing about the design are the half inch feet. These are believed to allow a flow of air under the receiver, which can get very hot.
The setup could not be easier. Connect the dongle to the video source, connect the receiver to a TV or monitor, make sure both are powered on, and click the Sync button on both. Bam, you have wireless video. The only other control option is a power switch on the receiver.
There is an L adapter for the transmitter in the packaging (as the transmitter is rather clunky and may not fit into any HDMI port), the power cords and a short HDMI cable for the receiver. The whole thing looks and feels pretty cheap – the "Full HD" sticker on the receiver peeled off under the heat, and these silicone feet are held in place with simple stickers that I could unbutton with minimal force Strings
I have tested the Aries Pro with my PS4 and Switch game consoles and a laptop and connected to my TV and Game Monitor. All worked surprisingly well. I've already tried similar systems and have encountered big problems with connection, image quality, and latency. No one was here.
That's a remarkable achievement in a self-contained system. In the single-player sessions of Horizon: Zero Dawn on the PS4, I was able to make the same precision shots I was used to from a direct connection, with perhaps a bit of "fuzziness" or graining, the most visually intense moments of the game , However, this is not a good test for a wireless system. I switched to my switch for a more exhausting experiment: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate . This super fast 2D fighting game requires reactions in seconds, and any major delay in the image would have affected my performance. It was not like that. I was able to do better online than ever before. I was impressed.
I tested both game consoles in my office with a maximum distance of about 2m between receiver and transmitter, with no major obstacles in between. I tried to put them both in my living room and transfer them to my office, but the Bluetooth wireless controllers shit before the wireless video system did so. Time for something more relaxing. I switched to a standard laptop with an HDMI connection and placed it with two walls in between at a distance of about ten meters.
Using a wireless mouse and keyboard, I was able to use the remote computer No problems after about 20 seconds of initial wireless connection. Video and audio sync testing yielded mixed results, with standard 1080p video playing well. The player swallowed YouTube's 60 fps video, which was not the case with the 60 fps streams from the consoles. Nevertheless, it was visible and I could find no major delays in the keyboard or mouse inputs. Very nice.
I would have liked a system that could increase the resolution a bit and exploit my 4K TV or 2K monitor, perhaps at lower frame rates. However, this would go beyond the scope of the technical data sheet. In short, the Aries Pro does what it says.
An expensive offer
The Aries Pro, which is designed for a wireless performance of 30 meters, costs $ 250. The $ 200 Aries Prime is identical, but designed for only 30 feet.
That's a lot of money for wireless performance with a single HDMI connection. By comparison, Monoprice sells you a 100-foot HDMI cable that you can lay in your attic or on your running boards for as little as $ 70.
However, if you really need a wireless connection and price does not matter, Aries Pro does the job. It's simple, effective and incredibly fast. I would prefer if the fit and finish were a little better on such an expensive device, but you can not argue with the results.
Here's what we like
- Very solid radio signal
- Just setup
- Outstanding range