Hooking up your TV: Casting your Laptop to your TV Screen

Let’s say you are hosting a dinner party and want to play Spotify or Youtube on your TV and don’t want to worry about it freezing, disconnecting or changing playlists manually.

The best solution would be to cast your PC or MAC screen on your TV.
There are several wifi systems to choose from, such as Google Chromecast, Apple TV or other wireless tools. You can hook up these systems using a simple HDMI cable.

HDMI cables come in a range of prices, usually determined by materials that were used to make it or if it’s made by a specific brand, so don’t stress yourself out by pondering what is the difference.

This is a cheap and functional solution:

While this is a more expensive but higher quality:

Before making a purchase of any wifi systems like Google Chromecast or AppleTV, you should verify if they are compatible with your computer and your TV, while also considering which systems makes the most sense for your needs.

Casting your computer to your computer screen is a convenient way to look at photos, watch movies, play music and impress your friends by seeming effortlessly tech-savvy. While also being a good friend because nobody wants to crowd around a laptop.

Sounding Off on Sound Bars

If you’ve been using PAN TV, you know that we don’t usually review soundbars, because we would develop a unique algorithm similar to the one used to find the best TV for you.

That being said, we thought this article could be useful because we came across 3 soundbars that we believe are the best products available on the market today, in May 2019.

And in case you don’t feel like taking a quiz or didn’t even know you really needed a soundbar until this article, just take a look at these:

This one creates great sound and has a sleek and beautiful design. It’s not too pricey and customers seem to really enjoy this soundbar.

This second one is definitely more expensive, but it’s quite interesting because it has a unique sound output. It could be seen as a more advanced system and is worth the money.

Soundbars are another product where there’s so many options, from low to high prices and from sleek ‘barely there’ designs to bulky speakers. The aesthetics are always subjective and depend on what your tastes are and what the primary use of the soundbar will be.

For example, if you will usually be using the soundbar to watch TV (at a regular volume) you may want to invest less or consider different features such as bass or sound crispness than someone who is going to use the soundbar for playing music at high volumes regularly, aka house parties (oh those poor neighbours!).

Keep an eye out for PAN’s upcoming soundbar algorithm for more options personalized to your needs.

It’s all about Location – Even for your TV

When choosing the right location and set up for your TV it’s important to consider many different factors – not just aesthetics.

First things first, assess your space and decide at what distance you will (mostly) be watching your TV from. I say mostly because often times we tend to watch TV at different distances, for example, sometimes from your kitchen counter while cooking, but mostly from your couch.

Next, think about if you want an additional sound system connected to your TV and where you want to place each speaker. Same goes if you want any type of gaming system or extras (such as DVD or DVR players) attached.

What about WiFi integration or if you have a home network like Google Home? Consider where they will be placed.

Probably at his point, you’re thinking, “okay great, but what do I do with all these cables?”

This is an important aspect to consider because not only are a bunch of exposed cables ugly, but they also can be a safety hazard and as well as pesky dust collectors. While the best approach would be to design walls and plugs accordingly, this is not always possible.

In this case, a good cable management solution can help you to organize and hide/reduce your cables.

There are plenty of cheap options out there to keep your space clutter free – for example, Amazon has various options – check these out

On top of all these important factors, aesthetics also play an important role in deciding TV placement, perhaps you want it mounted on the wall or put on top of a set of drawers, the underlining factor is that it is comfortable, user-friendly and safe.

The key is finding some prime real estate for your new TV.