Taking it wireless
So you've got your PC displaying to your TV, you can browse photos, watch videos and surf the web — but it's more than a bit clunky with that HDMI cable in the way. Let's look at the options for getting things wireless.
Controlling your PC wirelessly
The first thing we'd recommend is to get some wireless input. It's really not easy to get any more, but something like Logitech's diNovo Mini might be exactly what you need. Alternately, a bog-standard wireless keyboard and mouse would be a good first step, although you'll never get into the reclining position with those. If you're up for some experimentation, you can even control your laptop with your Android phone or iPhone. If you're heading more towards a media centre set-up, perhaps a gyroscopic mouse is more your style.
Logitech's diNovo Mini is hard to get now in Australia, but it's excellent and tiny.
This is still a developing field, with only a few players in Australia. At this point in time, connecting wirelessly to a TV requires extra hardware on top of your wireless router.
Some newer Intel-based laptops come with a feature called WiDi, or Wireless Display, with the concept being that you only have to push a button on your laptop to get things working on the TV. It's not prolific, and we've yet to see a TV that supports the feature. Belkin plans to bridge the gap by introducing an adapter, although it's yet to be released. We'll have to look into other options then.
It's smaller than it looks. The McTivia is only slightly longer than a smartphone, and twice as thick.
This is the McTivia — a device you hook up to your TV using HDMI, and connect to via Wi-Fi with your laptop. You'll need to install software before it works, but our initial testing shows that it works rather well. There are some caveats though: due to lack of bandwidth it will only output in 720p with stereo sound, and expect some latency when connected over Wi-Fi. There are other options coming down the path, but for now streaming your laptop screen wirelessly won't give you the best possible results.