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Worth the price? Read and judge for yourself.
on April 1, 2018
I do technical training for a living, I am in front of audiences on a weekly basis and presenting using PowerPoint with some simple motion graphics. To set the stage I use either the customers projector, HDTV or my Epson projector (a 1751 or EX9200), a Surface Pro i7, 512G SSD, 16 Gig Ram, 64Bit Win 10 Pro.
I have tried all types of devices for wireless presentation, Microsoft Display Adapter, Roku, Chromecast, LiteShow 4 DB+, Firestick, etc. Based on the reviews I figured I would give this a go, I have no issue paying top dollar for a device that works reliably.
The first unit I got was very poor, screen lag up to 10 seconds between slides, animations were jerky and not smooth, I contacted customer support (which is all chat based or you can make an appointment for some hour/day in the future (which doesn't help when your pressed for time between sessions). I was told that my wireless signal was bad and I needed to move closer to the airtame, since I was 4' away that was a little difficult. I was also told that I have extremely high packet loss, again very strange since I was using 5Ghz direct connect and not going through a WiFi network. They said I should connect to a network and it would improve my performance which seems like saying unplug your wired connection and switch to Wireless. That of course may be an issue since I don't always have access to a wireless network other than my cell phone hot spot...again very dicey. It was the suggested that I may have a defective device, returned the original and received the second and there is no performance change.
The long a short is that this device is the best of the worst, it has 50% less disconnects that the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter which means it disconnects 2-3 times rather than 6 each day. Neither is acceptable and I get that wireless is always going to be less reliable than wired but for the price I do expect somewhere between very good and excellent performance.
Performance Comparison: I used TeamViewer to remotely connect via WiFi to the internet TeamViewer server and back to my desktop (ping times 48ms) and compared it to the AirTame (ping time 1ms (the first unit did have substantaly hiogher ping times, in the 200's) and saw no difference in animation quality.
So, 50% better connection rate that the MSWDA, Does auto reconnect but expensive for what it does. Is it worth the extra $250, not really in my opinion.
Hope this all helps.