Skreens review

My first impression of Skreens is positive, but it is very rough around the edges because it strives to do so much in it’s first major release.

It was super easy to setup!  I connected Skreens to a switch that is connected to my wifi router.  My iPhone found the device immediately.

I rotated the phone to landscape mode and could see the layout of the HDMI sources.

The virtual track pad works, but it was not obvious for what purpose until later when I was able to open the web browser interface and add a web window.  The iPhone app cannot do as much as the web interface yet.

Here you can select the HDMI source to use for audio. I am not sure how to mix sources yet.

Here you can see my Windows PC and Wii U are on Inputs 1 and 2.  I don’t have anything to connect for inputs 3 and 4 yet.

From the settings in the web interface you can choose to do an automatic firmware update.  The message is a little unprofessional looking but the process itself worked.

I started moving things around.  It works wells but is difficult to resize windows that overlap, especially on the iPhone.

I do think it’s great I can save layouts, capture the low-level descriptor, and even get layouts shared online.  It all works really well!

Here is part of the settings window.  You can see the Skreens device on the cabinet below.

I can’t figure out how to make the device output 1080P60.  My Panasonic AE8000U is reporting only 720P.  Honestly, it still looks really good.  I can’t wait to get the full 1080P and see how much more amazing it can get!

The box has a very bright green light that changes to blue sometimes but I am not sure why.  I hope that means they can add a software feature to disable the light ::hint hint nudge nudge::

The fan is quieter than my media center PC but not just a whisper.  Although I could not tell during the unboxing, the device does have an air vent on the top.  It is not warm at this location so it must be there to pull in cool air.


If you cover this vent the noise level drops significantly to an almost imperceptible level.  The device has 2 side vents so I don’t see why this one is necessary.  Don’t worry, I am not going to keep it covered, that would probably be a bad idea 😉

Overall I am happy with Skreens.  I look forward to future firmware updates!

Author: sirspot

I write software, love my wife and kids, do various house projects, play video games when I have time, and could use a little more sleep