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    1. ATI All-In-Wonder X800 XT Video
    $133.94 list()
    2. Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-500MCE 2-Tuner
    $63.64 list()
    3. Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150MCE Personal
    $170.99 list()
    4. Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-350 Personal
    $252.69 list($299.99)
    5. Canopus 77010150100 ADVC110 Converter
    $53.80 $47.25 list($79.99)
    6. Griffin Technology RadioShark
    $222.01 list()
    7. ATI Technologies Radeon 9800 Graphics
    $127.29 list()
    8. Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-250 (Model
    $140.59 list()
    9. ATI Technologies 100-714127 HD-TV
    $230.84 $157.00 list($159.99)
    10. ATI Technologies 100-435002 Radeon
    $179.99 $169.88
    11. Pinnacle Studio MovieBox Deluxe
    $159.88 list($199.99)
    12. ADS Technologies API-555 Pyro
    $128.24 list()
    13. Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-USB 2.0 (Model
    $86.44 list()
    14. Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150 Personal
    $81.64 list($84.99)
    15. AVerMedia AVerTVHD MCE A180 Hi-Def
    $40.84 list()
    16. Kensington Auto Charger and FM
    $51.29 list($99.99)
    17. Logitech 2.4 GHz Cordless Presenter
    $71.24 $67.99 list($89.99)
    18. Dazzle Digital Video Creator DVC-90
    $87.39 $83.99 list($99.86)
    19. ATI Technologies Radeon 9200 128MB
    $41.79 list($49.99)
    20. Avermedia MDVDEZUSB DVD EZMaker

    1. ATI All-In-Wonder X800 XT Video Card
    by ATI Technologies
    list price: $389.99
    our price: $379.99
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    Asin: B0006BC57O
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: ATI Technologies
    Sales Rank: 1369
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    All-In-Wonder X800 XT Video Card, 8x AGP, 256MB DDR ... Read more


    • Comes bundled with feature-enhancing software for video capture, editing, and 3-D graphics capabilities
    • Turn your computer into a personal video recorder (PVR), DVD player, 3D game machine, radiojukebox and more
    • Built upon the award-winning powerful RADEON X800 Visual Processing Unit
    • Instant viewing of up to 125 channels of cable or antenna broadcasts with TV-On-Demand and FM-On-Demand
    • Capture, create and edit your own personal movies or right on your PC and burn the results to DVD

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Power card...
    This card was not built nor meant to be sold to the "casual" computer user...this is a monster card. Graphically, when paired with a comprable processor this is hard to stop. It runs Doom 3, Half Life 2, Swat 4, any intense graphic game I've thrown at it. You can run at high resolutions or low. This card adds the built in TV tuner to the already outstanding power package, where you can connect a cable wire and WATCH tv on your screen! Priceless if you ask me. For the price you are getting a LOT of technology. ... Read more

    2. Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-500MCE 2-Tuner PCI-Based Digital Video Recorder (NTSC)

    our price: $133.94
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    Asin: B0006G33UW
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: HAUPPAUGE
    Sales Rank: 1771
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-500MCE Personal Video Recorder - FM Tuner, TV Tuner, Video Capture - PCI - NTSC - TV/Video/Radio Input AdapterWinTV-PVR-500MCE brings TV watching with background recording to Windows XP Media Center EditionWatch one channel while recording another with the WinTV-PVR-500MCE and Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. WinTV-PVR-500MCE contains two complete TV tuners, each with their own hardware MPEG encoder!Ever want to watch the ball game while your favorite late night TV show is on? Well, with WinTV-PVR-500MCE, you don't have to chose which show to watch. Just set the Media Center Edition to record that late night TV show while you continue to watch the ball game, with full PVR capabilities. Pause live TV, replay and skip forward, all while your other TV show continues to be recorded to your PC's hard disk . ... Read more


    • FM radio reception
    • PCI-based digital video encoder and recorder designed for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 and, with limited functionality, Windows XP
    • Features 2 NTSC TV tuners, each with its own hardware MPEG encoder so you can watch one channel while recording another
    • Pause live TV, replay segments, and skip forward, all while your other TV show continues to be recorded to your PC's hard disk
    • Audio/video inputs (including S-video) accommodate external sources like camcorders, cable boxes, and VCRs

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars great hardware for a great price
    I think that Jonathan E. Adair review is a little misleading.There is only one RF input for TV and one RF input for FM radio.. the misleading part is that this card is a dual TV tuner.The tv is split internally to the two dual tv tuners on board.This is very similar to a television with picture in picture, no PIP TV requires that you split the cable prior to entering the teleision, all of that is done internally.

    if they made this card with two rf inputs for TV there wouldn't be enough room for the FM input, on the pci slot.

    Anyway, this is a great piece of hardware, now at a great price.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A little misleading
    The marketing on this card is a little misleading.The card has two tuners, but only one cable TV input.(The second 'F' connector you see is for the FM radio antenna).

    If all you want to do is take one analog cable TV line to this card and record/watch two different analog channels, this card can do that out of the box.

    But if you want to feed two different set-top boxes to this card, it can't do that out of the box.There is an add-on composite/svideo connector that should let you feed two different signals to the card and make that work but you'll still have to sort out the remote control of those two cable boxes. ... Read more

    3. Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150MCE Personal Video Recorder (1042)

    our price: $63.64
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    Asin: B00064GI2O
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: HAUPPAUGE
    Sales Rank: 936
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150MCE Personal Video Recorder - TV Tuner, FM Tuner, Video Capture - PCI - NTSC - TV/Video/Radio Input AdapterWinTV-PVR-150MCE brings live TV, FM radio and TV recording to Windows XP Media Center EditionAdd TV and FM radio to your Windows XP Media Center Edition PC with the Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150MCE. The WinTV-PVR-150MCE has the best video quality of any Media Center TV tuner, plus adds FM radio.Use up to two WinTV-PVR-150MCE's in a Media Center 2005 system:. Watch one TV channel while recording another by installing two WinTV-PVR-150's in a Media Center system. If you already have a Media Center system with a Hauppauge WinTV-PVR, you can add a second WinTV-PVR. ... Read more


    • Record home videos to disk
    • FM radio tuner included
    • Personal Video Recorder with Media Center package
    • Watch and record TV on the PC
    • Multitask with other Windows programs

    Reviews (9)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Cheap, but poor picture quality
    This card works nicely; Hauppage cards tend to play well with others. However, the anti-aliasing of this card is poor, poor, poor. See

    Most of the people here that say that the card has good picture quality have probably never tried another card. If you want good picture quality, go with another tuner.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Working now after some headaches
    I encountered the same problem as another user where my cpu usage would remain at 100%. Going into a little bit more detail about this problem...

    athlon xp 2100 ~@2 ghz
    abit nf7-s
    512mb ram etc.etc.

    As soon as I booted my computer after installing the card into a free pci slot cpu usage was at 100%. I was unable to even install the drivers for the card. I tried switching to other open pci slots with the same results (XP would recognize the new device unlike the other users situation). Finally I just removed the card completely to see if there were drivers I needed to update. NOW the cpu usage was STILL AT 100%!!! booted into safe mode a few times and it was running properly. went into msconfig and started booting in selective startup mode. 1st with system.ini, then win.ini, and finally system services where I encountered the same problem. I narrowed it down to my antivirus program (Trend PC). Uninstalled the program and went ahead with the 150mce install. After installing all the software I reinstalled the antivirus and things seem to be normal.

    The only other problem I encountered that remains unsolved is that sagetv does not recognize the card at all. I tried beyondtv demo and it picked it up but sagetv did not. Tried reinstalling many drivers and programs with no luck.

    Overall I am pretty happy for the price

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great card, but can cause some conflicts!!
    I was so exited when this was finally in stock and delivered.I installed it right away, but after the drivers were installed my CPU usage would shoot to 100%.(I have a new Dell 8400, with P4 3.0, 2.0GB DDR ram, blah, blah, a GREAT PC).Anyway, I unistalled, reinstalled, changed PCI slots, nothing!!! MCE would not recognize the card was there.

    To make a long story short, I finally reformatted (since I had only recently purchased the PC and was not losing much).I installed the card right away and worked GREAT!!~!I then began installing my software, 1 by 1 making sure they did not interfere with the TV tuner.

    When I got to my Dazzle DVC II capture device drivers, BOOM!! same thing happened, unistallation of these drivers corrected the problem.So I had located the source of the problem.

    But it went deeper, the Hauppauge drivers for the PVR-150MCE can not be installed in th same operating system as almost ANY other capture device drivers or software.Pinnacle Studio 9 even states on there website that it will not work with Hauppauge devices.

    I found a work around by creating a Dual operating system with MCE 2005 (for the TV Tuner etc) and XP Home Edition (for my video capture).

    If you are using a seperate capture device and like your current configuration (ie you do not want to use the PVR for analog capture for home videos etc,) then you have some serious work cut out for you!!

    Overall a great card, minus the workaround needed for my situation

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Capture Board!
    This card is hardware encoding capture board, so it works great even with my old computer. Picture Quality is good! I record a lot of children's program and enjoing them with my daughter now.
    Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great card, but no remote
    This card works great and Hauppauge cards are well supported by many different PVR projects out there.The non-MCE version comes with nice remote (but no FM reciever). ... Read more

    4. Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-350 Personal Video Recorder (990)

    our price: $170.99
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    Asin: B00008OOWC
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: HAUPPAUGE
    Sales Rank: 2151
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-350 Personal Video Recorder - TV Tuner, FM Tuner, Video Capture - PCI - NTSC, PAL - TV/Video/Radio Input AdapterWatch and record your TV shows with instant replay and program pause. Burn your favorite TV shows onto CD-ROM or DVD and play them on your home DVD player. Includes hi-performance hardware MPEG2 encoder!The WinTV-PVR brings live TV to your PC screen. With WinTV-PVR's 125-channel cable ready TV receiver, you can watch TV in a resizeable window or full screen. Or listen to FM radio with our built-in stereo FM receiver. But thats not all!!WinTV-PVR puts TV watching under your control! Watch what you want, when you want! With WinTV-PVR you can pause TV when you want, create your own instant replay and even burn your TV shows onto CD-ROM! ... Read more


    • Create MPEG movies with data rates from 1 to 12 MBps
    • Watch TV in a resizeable window on your PC screen
    • Record your home videos or TV shows to disk using high quality MPEG compression
    • 125 channel cable ready TV tuner for TV in a window
    • Turn your home video tapes into MPEG movies, then burn them onto CD or DVD

    Reviews (18)

    5-0 out of 5 stars PVR350 + GBPVR software = FREE-VO!
    If you like the idea of TIVO, enjoy to tinker with the software setup, and would like a project you can finish in a day, get this card.I've been running this card for about two months now as a successful personal video recorder.Never missed a show, and found a couple of things that I now watch all the time.Great card, can be a bit buggy on the software side, but if you can handle the tinkering, awesome!check out

    3-0 out of 5 stars RF problems with 350 tuner card
    I purchased the 350 a month ago.There is severe RF interference on some higher numbered channels (channels 66, 69, 70, 71,72) only when the FM antenna is plugged into the card - these channels are not viewable.Removal of FM antenna returns the affected TV channels to good quality.I have had many email exchanges with Hauppauge technical support and after a month of trying different things, they are finally going to set up an RMA for the card. It is not yet determined if it is defective or a bad design.I was hoping to have it ready for season 3 of Nip-Tuck. I'm not too happy that is has taken this long to get to this point.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good at first but now, YIKES!
    I bought this card about three weeks ago, installed it, restarted the PC, the new hardware wizard found it and it installed perfectly.I played with it for a few days, set up my TV stations, tried capturing some video off of the TV, etc.Then my hard drive decided to take a vacation so I had to go out and buy a new one.After I installed the hard drive and put all the junk back onto the computer, I noticed that I never got the "found new hardware" alert for this card.Funny.I looked in the device manager, but it wasn't there.I decided to take the card out, turn the computer back on, turn it off again and put the card back in.I did this at least 15 times and the computer didn't recognize the card, even after trying it in 4 differrent slots.Finally, as if some miracle was bestowed upon me, the 16th time I got the glorious indication from Windows XP that it found the hardware!I reinstalled all of the drivers and side programs but the card never worked as nice as it did the first time.Since then I've installed, removed and reinstalled all of the software a bunch of times.I think it's working OK now although the Ulead Movie Maker that came with it does not see my VCR connected to the card even though the WinTV 2000 program does.Funny.So I can watch TV, record TV, pause TV, etc. but not transfer my video tapes to DVD, which was the primary reason for getting this card.My Sonic MyDVD doesn't see the card, Microsoft's Movie Maker doesn't see the card and Ulead, the program that came with the card, doesn't see it.I have an e-mail in to Hauppauge asking them which DVD software actually DOES recognize this card.If trasferring tapes to the computer was as easy as setting up the TV portion of this card, I'd give it four or five stars!

    Update 4/6/05 - Soon after writing this review I began to have a problem with this card.I started getting a clicking/popping noise coming out of the right speaker whenever I tried to record a VCR tape to the hard drive. I tried every possible combination of tapes, VCRs and cables but nothing worked.I contacted Hauppauge and they tried to fix the problem but couldn't so they had me return it (on my own dime) and gave me a new one that has the same problem.I'm about out of ideas as this was the primary reason for buying this card.The TV portion works fine and recording off of the TV is fine too.But, for me, the card is usless.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great product!!!
    I have never had any problems with audio sync like I have had with other capture devices.The only problem I have with it is that for some reason my TV Tuner and Wireless card do not like each other so I have to disable my wireless connection before I can open WinTV 2000 or else the program crashes and then a couple of minutes later the OS (WinXP Pro) crashes.But other than that I really like this TV Tuner Card.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great piece of hardware, horrible software
    4/28/05 - I have to update this review (from 10/1/04).I have since upgraded to Windows Media Center Edition 2005.This card is great with MCE. There are cheaper Hauppauge cards that also work fine with MCE, so it might be worth taking a look at them before spending the $ on this card. I also wanted to change this review to 5 stars, but Amazon doesn't seem to allow changes to the star rating.

    After years of owning various ATI All-In-Wonder video cards, I decided it would be cheaper to go ahead and buy a TV only card, and not have to spend a fortune everytime it was time to upgrade my video card.Quick and to the point, here are my findings :

    Negatives :
    1. The 'web based' program guide is a very clumsy interface.I would much rather have a application based program guide.
    2. No matter what I try, channel 2 always has ghosting.I know it's the card because I had the same cable plugged into my ATI AIW with no problems, and also plugged it into a TV with no picture problems.Maybe moving the card further away from the video card will help?
    3. While I'm sure there is a way, I have yet to find how to change the recording quality.After fumbling through the software I finally gave up.

    Positives :
    1. The FM Radio program is pretty slick, and the reception is ok.No complaints.
    2. Unlike the ATI AIW cards (and probably the TV Wonder's) you can set the program to automatically mute while recordinging and close the application when it's done recording.You still have to go back into the scheduler and modify EACH individual scheduled task.It would be nice to either highlight all and change them all at once, OR set a default for all new recordings.
    3. Hardware based TV OUT is nice.
    4. PLENTY of 3'rd party software supports this card. This is a big plus since in my opinion the software that comes with the card is lacking.

    I would have gave this card 5 stars if the bundled software was better.Plan on purchasing SageTV or similar if you plan on buying this card. ... Read more

    5. Canopus 77010150100 ADVC110 Converter
    by Canopus
    list price: $299.99
    our price: $252.69
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    Asin: B00030ATTO
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Canopus
    Sales Rank: 4764
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    Product Description

    High-quality Bidirectional Analog / Digital Video Conversion ADVC110 is the ideal device for capturing and outputting analog video from any FireWire-equipped notebook and desktop computer. There are no drivers to install and ADVC110 does not require a power supply when used with a 6-pin FireWire cable. Use ADVC110 to connect all analog and digital video cameras, decks and editing systems. ADVC110 is a portable and easy-to-use digital video converter compatible with Windows and Mac OS computers. ... Read more


    • No need to install drivers or any software applications
    • Connects to all widely used DV and analog video equipment
    • Compatible with Windows and Mac OS DV editing systems
    • Compatible with leading editing and DVD authoring applications includingÊCanopus EDIUS, Canopus Let's EDIT, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Vegas, iLife,ÊUlead MediaStudio Pro, and Windows Movie Maker
    • Audio-only conversion

    6. Griffin Technology RadioShark AM / FM Desktop Radio with Time-Shift Recording
    by Griffin Technology
    list price: $79.99
    our price: $53.80
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    Asin: B0001WW3F2
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Griffin Technology
    Sales Rank: 938
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Catch your favorite radio show or the big game and listen on your own schedule with the Griffin Radioshark AM/FM Radio. You can record broadcasts in real time, as you listen to another show, or via a preprogrammed schedule. Play it all back and listen via your computer. Connects via USB. Use the Time-Shift feature to pause live radio and not miss a thing. Includes USB extension cable, installation CD-ROM and user's manual. Imported. ... Read more


    • Transfers recorded broadcasts to iPod or other digital music players
    • AM/FM radio connects to PC or Mac for online radio reception
    • Records AM/FM broadcasts in real time or via pre-programmed schedule
    • Time shift recording "pauses" live radio so users don't miss a second of programming
    • Connects to computers via USB port; fin shape acts as antenna

    Reviews (25)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Almost there
    Bottom line is, most of the glitches have been worked out. Works great with mymac G4 and a co-worker uses Windows and it works for him as well. This is great for AM talk radio. The only negative is that Griffin hasn't come out with an external antenna that plugs right into the 1/8 jack on the side of the unit. It took me a few minutes to make one but obviously most consumers don't know what kind of wire and/or how to solder the conections to make their own antenna. I didn't have to have an external antenna since I live in the middle of the city but it did help a bit to make the signal that much cleaner. 5 stars for the unit and the software but 1 star for Griffin not coming out with a antenna that you can buy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Happy with my Radio Shark
    I just got my RadioShark four days ago.I had read the reviews and had a bit of concern about the software and the reception.I am running XP on and am in Seattle with good radio signal strength.During the past four days I have used the scheduling and playback features several times.It worked flawlessly.I am very happy with the purchase.I have found that on the lowest quality WMA settings, an hour of radio time takes about 28 megs.I hope you have as much success.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Radio Reception
    As with other people's reviews, this is a great idea.Unfortunately I can't use a great idea if it can't pick up the radio station I listen to.All other radios in the house can, and Griffin's advice of plugging in headphones to act as an improved antenna only helped slightly.Also had a few minor software problems.All in all, disappointing and will be returned to Amazon.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Record radio shows for your iPod
    I got this as a gift for my boyfriend.I was concerned at first after reading other reviews about the antennae reception, and also compatibility with the PC.If you raise the RadioShark so it's elevated and away from other wires or the monitor, the reception is as good as any radio.The AM and FM stations came in crystal clear.Better than the stereo for AM.The RadioShark records in WAV format on the PC, and there's no preferences to import it into iTunes.But if you go into iTunes and add the WAV file from the menu, it will synch your recording into iTunes so you can copy it to your iPod.This is a nifty device for radiophiles, it's like Tivo for the radio.They also have a feature where you can have a buffer in recording live radio, so you can pause or rewind the program while you're listening to it's broadcast!Pretty neat!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Reception isn't a problem
    I was concerned about reception because I have a small clock radio next to my desk, and its reception isn't great. It's okay when I'm sitting at my desk, but when I move around the room, it's spotty. After reading the reviews, I took the RadioShark out of my cart and tried out Audio Hijack and checked out Podcasts. I couldn't get Audio Hijack to work, and read user reviews on several lists complaining of usability problems. So I gave up on those and decided to give RadioShark a try. I haven't had any reception problems with the RadioShark: regardless of where I am in the room, the reception on the RadioShark is fine. So, while I haven't compared it with a decent radio, it's at least better than a cheap, digital clock radio. ... Read more

    7. ATI Technologies Radeon 9800 Graphics Card (Pro Mac Edition)
    by ATI Technologies

    our price: $222.01
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    Asin: B0000AQNX8
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: ATI Technologies
    Sales Rank: 3136
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    Designed specifically for users of Apple's Power Mac desktop systems (Mac OS X version 10.2.5 or higher), the ATI Technologies Radeon 9800 Pro Mac Edition graphics card takes visual realism and performance for games and 3D animation to exciting new heights. The Radeon 9800 Pro Mac Edition offers full OpenGL support and full floating-point architecture to deliver all the performance and power of the standard Radeon 9800 Pro, with the added feature of ATI's VersaVision display rotation, a versatile dual display configurable for either landscape or portrait display.

    With 8 parallel rendering pipelines, a 256-bit memory interface, and 128 MB double-data-rate (DDR) memory, the card is capable of executing up to 8.4 billion instructions per second and delivering an astounding 21 GB per second of memory bandwidth. The graphics board's display flexibility supports multiple displays through its VGA, DVI, and S-video outputs.

    SmoothVision anti-aliasing technology enhances image quality using programmable multi-sampling methods to post-process graphics before they are actually displayed. SmartShader makes both the geometry- and pixel-processing stages more programmable than ever so developers can easily create new graphics effects while maintaining high performance. Finally, Hyper Z makes Z-buffer bandwidth usage more efficient by decreasing the amount of information sent to the frame buffer.

    VersaVision lets you rotate your display while maintaining the full feature set of other ATI 2D and 3D technologies. ATI's hardware-accelerated display rotation and scaling technology allows for rotation left or right by 90 degrees, or you can flip it upside down for a full 180-degree rotation. Relative Rotation allows you to rotate the contents of your display. The card maintains full 3D support regardless of your selected rotation. (A revert button undoes all changes and sets everything to the original state or last known good setting.)

    Note: Radeon 9800 Pro Mac Edition only displays 3D graphics in thousands and millions of colors. When you set your display to 256 colors, this will affect Finder, OpenGL, Quartz Extreme, and QuickTime acceleration. ... Read more


    • View computer output directly on your television with advanced flicker reduction and artifact suppression
    • Flexible dual-display support enabling many combinations using VGA and DVI connectors for analog and digital displays
    • OpenGL accelerator provides superior 3D rendering and advanced imaging and filtering techniques
    • DVD acceleration ensures high-bitrate, low-CPU-usage playback at any resolution; QuickTime playback accelerator for DVD-quality video
    • Enjoy true-color 32-bit 2D or 3D graphics up to 2,048 x 1,536; TV-out support via S-video connector

    8. Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-250 (Model 980)

    our price: $127.29
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    Asin: B00006HWX4
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: HAUPPAUGE
    Sales Rank: 1534
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    WinTV-PVR-250 with Remote ... Read more

    Reviews (30)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Compared to ATI... WOW!
    I gave up after having an ATI product for about 1 week, and seeing all the negative reviews for their product, abandoned ship and went for the Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-250 (Model 980).Flawless install, flawless operation.The software is much better than ATI's MMC software, but I've had a TIVO for the last five years and the Hauppauge interface was clunky in comparison.So I checked out SnapStream's Beyond TV and am very impressed.Surpasses the elegance of TIVO.I had the DirectTV TIVO and have now cancelled that subscription because, just using the PVR to catch broadcast signals provides me with enough news and entertainment to basically have a customizable 24 hour network.Moreover, I can watch / stream and transfer te standard MPEG files over a network.Simply amazing.I gave the ATI TV Wonder USB 2.0 a 2/5 stars.The WinTV-PVR-250 gets 5/5.To get the full experience, you should get Beyond TV (google it, there's a free trial available from the developer site.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Card - No Questions About It!!
    I have been doing a lot of research of what to buy and what not to buy and came across HAUPPAUGE. I started to look up there cards and their customer reviews (which are much better than ATI's). So I started looking for the card. Which apparently is not very easy. I wanted a good price!! So just before I bought it from Amazon which has the best brice I went to Micro Center and I got an awesome deal. Only because it was on the clearance reack b/c someone had trouble installing it. Just a word to all those wanna be computer people please don't. These cards are can be very difficult to install. IT took me an hour to get everthing working awesome. But the ones who talk bad about this card is probably thinking its going to be easy. ITS NOT!! Installing hardware or software can be tricky. Don't always assume its just going to magically install itself and start to work.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait
    I'm on my second PVR-250.I spent a few hours trying to get the first one to work, but it never did.I sent it back, but unfortunately because of a lack of supply, it was almost two months before I got my replacement through Amazon.However, it was worth the wait.The second card installed easily and immediately started working.Turns out the first one was just defective.I should not, I'm not running MCE, and I have heard that you'll need to do driver updates to resolve compatiability problems, but, on the other hand, you should be doing driving updates anyway.

    As other reviewers have noted, the bundled software isn't the greatest.If you're planning on using this as a Tivo replacement, you're probably going to want to look at some aftermarket software like Beyond TV or Sage (or, if you're running Linux, the free MythTV).The bundled WinTV2000 is serviceable, but it does feel somewhat clunky, has an archaic interface, and generally seems out of place considering the higher-end nature of the hardware you're paying for.If you're planning on using this card primarily for capturing VHS to DVD, then the bundled software is more than sufficient (but you are missing out on a whole world of PVR experiences).

    The hardware, however, is great.Picture quality is quite good for a computer based capture card, and there's virtually no impact on your CPU because of the onboard encoder.There is no comparison between this product and, say, ATi's TV Wonder card.My experiences with ATi's line have left me thinking that ATi should stick with making graphics cards, because their capture cards are terrible.Also, if you're on an nVidia graphics chipset, you should definitely stay away from ATi cards.Either way, it is definitely worth the extra money for a Hauppauge.This card does everything you would probably ever need a capture card to do (well, other than let you watch two things at once or record something while watching something else, for that you'll need another card, just like with any capture card).

    After you record something, you should experiment with your playback options (if you're playing directly from the computer and not burning to disc).I noticed, for example, that playback in Winamp tends to be a fuzzy, and there is noticeable artifacting, whereas play back in Windows Media Player is much smoother on my system.

    The remote control is servicable.It sometimes feels sluggish in its response time, but it gets the job done.The functionality of the remote will depend a lot on what you're using it in.For example, if you're using it in the bundled WinTV2000 application you will find that it's nice to be able to use the red button on the bottom row to "force focus" back to WinTV2000 if you're in another application.So, for example, if you walk away from the computer and the highlighted window is Internet Explorer, you can hit the red button and WinTV2000 will become the highlighted window (allowing you to use the remote again).

    On the other hand, if you're using a program like Beyond TV, you will unlock a lot of the potential of the remote by being able to navigate and make use of other buttons.However, you'll lose (as far as I can tell) the ability to force focus via the remote (which means you have to come back and use the mouse to click on Beyond before you can use the remote).

    This seems like a design flaw that they should address in the software.Who knows, maybe they'll make a patch for it.

    I would like to mention that Hauppauge has *great* customer service.They respond to emails (usually within a day or two), and not with some of prepackaged garbage that you see from other places.You can tell that someone at Hauppauge is actually sitting down and reading your email and writing an intelligent response to it.Also, when I talked to them on the phone (trying to get my first card to work), they were very patient and knowledgeable.I think that kind of service is a hallmark of a great company.

    So, my conclusion is; Customer Service is Great, Hardware is Great, Software is outdated but servicable, Remote Control works but could work better, Playback and Functionality are Great, and compared to the competition, this card is everything you'll ever need (well, other than another one, so you can record and watch at the same time!).

    If you're going to buy a tuner/capture, this is the one to get.Yes, it's a lot more expensive than a lot of the other cards on the market, but it's worth it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for an average computer.
    As this device capture and encode video with a hardware encoder, it is not necesary to have a powerful computer to capture DVD quality video, mine is just a Celeron 1.2 Ghz. Very Good TV picture, software included is ok. Very good product for the price.
    Need to get last motherboard drivers from internet and last Hauppauge drivers to prevent incompatibility problems, just like any other capture device.

    5-0 out of 5 stars PVR250 running under Linux
    I have been running the PVR-250 under Red Hat Linux for a while now, and using the Open Source MythTV application I have been able to record television shows, scheduling and watching them while at home, or on the road via MythTV's web interfaces.

    The quality is quite amazing for the price, there are occasional minor artifacts in the resulting movies, but they are minor and hardly noticable when recording at the highest quality.

    I have not used this card in Windows, but I would assume the quality is just as good under that operating system. I recommend this card to anyone who is interested in building their own PVR (Personal Video Recorder) system under Linux. ... Read more

    9. ATI Technologies 100-714127 HD-TV All-in-Wonder
    by ATI Technologies

    our price: $140.59
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002K6VWE
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: ATI Technologies
    Sales Rank: 5847
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    HDTV Wonder Remote Control Edition ... Read more


    • Product does not receive satellite or cable HDTV transmissions
    • PCI card for analog TV, free-to-air digital TV, and full quality free-to-air HDTV reception
    • Includes NTSC (analog) and ATSC (digital) TV tuners
    • Offers personal video recorder capabilities, with the controls to watch, pause, and record all forms of TV to hard disk or to CDs and DVDs
    • Includes DTV antenna, ATI's Multimedia Center software, and a Remote Wonder remote control

    Reviews (16)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Product "ok", support awful
    I purchased several of these boards at once in order to watch HDTV from my PC.However, I've had some problems in using the boards and the company seems designed to make customer support difficult; the support web site does not work, with my having waste 1.5 hours in trying to type up a support incident ni several different "interfaces".

    4-0 out of 5 stars Works For Me Which Makes It OK In My Book
    I took a chance and purchased the HDTV Wonder.Many of the reviews talk about installation problems and what not.I think it may have been buggy when introduced in the summer of 2004 but if my experience is anything to measure by they've ironed out most of the bugs.

    As with any new hardware product early adopters can face problems with rough drivers.I got mine in March 2005, went to and downloaded the latest drivers, ATI multimedia center, etc... This should be done when installing any new hardware.Installation required installing the card and several reboots as the software & dirvers was being installed.It all went fairly smooth.The card does as promised.No problems recording over the air HDTV.I set one program to record at 9PM on Mondays and it automatically records every Monday at 9PM.ATI uses their own 'library' software to catalogue what's recorded.The library is also used to export the HDTV to other formats such as DVD or VCD mpeg files.DVD's require authoring (ie, menus and chapters) and burning in programs (as far as I can tell ATI hasn't included DVD authoring or burning software).... I use TMPGend DVD author since it's so easy and Nero to burn.Discs look great on my Infocus X1 projected to 100".

    The card does have some rough edges (hence only 4, not 5 stars).It doesn't work with the Guide+ for HDTV programming (you have to manually program day and time to record HDTV).My PC also is sluggish during and after recording (I'm using an Athlon 2400XP w/1 gig of RAM) so it is a resources hog.Still, it does what I got it for...records pristine HDTV off the air.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Works great with XP SP1
    Worked right out of the box the first time with Windows MCE 2002 SP1. After 2 days of trying different configurations, I could never get the machine upgraded to SP2 and still have the card work - just got a "No Signal" message.

    So stick with SP1, install the drivers off the CD that comes with the card, upgrade with Catalyst 5.2 and the new ATI MMC from ATI and turn off automatic updates so you can skip SP2 incompatibility.

    1-0 out of 5 stars It worked once...
    But then I ran into a snaffu (and this might show an example of when you start from the ground floor with all current software). I lost my original Windows XP installer CD (the pre-SP1 one). So basically when my computer went to pot I had to buy a new copy of Windows XP. This time it had SP2 streamlined into the CD. Woohoo! Anyway, with the first install it was great. I got HDTV and TV working without a hitch. I install everything as directed this time and I'm running into problems similar to what people are having here. DX, sound, drivers, etc. And it keeps insisting that my USB hard drive isn't DMA enabled. I haven't found out how you enable DMA on a USB hard drive since it's not on the IDE bus of the motherboard.

    Bottom line: ATI software sucks the big one. I give it one star as a warning for others to stay away from all ATI products. I have no hope ATI will get their act together since thier bottom line is profits and competing in profits with nVidia.

    Stay away from ATI.

    This is an honest review from a guy who's fed up with ATI's BS.

    1-0 out of 5 stars HDTV WONDER NIGHTMARE
    I spent days and nights trying to install this card on my computer even when my computer over pass all the hardware and software requirements.The image quality was not that good after all and the image also keeps flitting and freezing.I rather keeps watching my regular home TV and save the money and the frustration. ... Read more

    10. ATI Technologies 100-435002 Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB
    by ATI Technologies
    list price: $159.99
    our price: $230.84
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00008ZPJP
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: ATI Technologies
    Sales Rank: 3377
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    RADEON™ 9800 Series of visual processors is the most visually advanced 3D performer on the planet. ... Read more


    • Experience feature film quality on your PC, the new standard in 3-D entertainment.
    • Support for Microsoft DirectX 9.0, OpenGL feature sets and the only cinematic quality Visual Processing Unit in its 2nd generation
    • Featuring CATALYST, the industry's most stable 3-D acceleration software
    • Compatible with Windows 2000, Me, XP

    Reviews (25)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not really an ATI ORIGINAL
    It is presented as an original ATI RADEON card, when it is really a JETWAY card with the 9800 chipset.

    Please considered it, you are betting 160 dollars on a chineese product.

    AMAZON and global computing should make clear what are you buying.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good AGP videocard
    This PC videocard is still a very good upgrade for those not willing to invest in a complete system upgrade or don't care about 1200x768 resolution with 6X Anti-Aliasing, etc. Image display & playability with majority of games out on market is very good. Games such as Far Cry, Painkiller, Half Life 2, Diablo II, Doom 3, Halo, Warcraft 3, Sims 2, etc. all play wonderfully with some video setting tweaking, game patches & driver updates.

    I have this installed in a PC with the Soyo KT600 Dragon Ultra PE mobo, 512MBx2 Geil PC3200/400MHz VRam, Athlon XP 2600+ Barton 1.92GHz CPU, Seagate 160GB HDD 7200 RPM, Thermaltake 480W PSU, and other needed components. Being my mobo has mfr listed compatibility issues I'm running this card AGP 4X and these are my benchmarks: 3DMark05 2800, 3DMark01SE 14500, AquaMark 30000, PCMark04 5000, & 3DMark03 ?. System is running at stock settings no OCing of any kind and its decent for gaming all within warranty. Even at AGP 4X this beats out my ATi AIW 9600XT AGP 8X in display appeal and frames.

    This and other mid to high-end cards however may only slightly improve game performance if you are running an older system with lots of bottleneck, but still improvements should be decent regardless. *Dell owners may have to request/buy stronger powersupply units from Dell to fully support cards power consumption demand. Most low to mid range performance Dell PCs are equipped with only standard min 250W PSU so system lock ups, restarts, blue screen, and other symptoms may occur. There are many variations of this card from many mfr's so try other vendors such as for lower prices. The only major advantage of buying "Built by ATi" instead of "Powered by ATi" is the 3 yr ATi mfr warranty that not all 3rd party mfr do not offer. Same technology just differ warranty, but for this listed price I'd probably buy Nvidia GeForce 6600GT AGP instead. If you insist on this vcard then pair this with at least 1 GB of RAM and your gaming will be joyful. Also defrag your drives while your at it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Best card for under $200
    I spent a long time deciding between this card and the Nvidia Geforce FX5900.The last time I got an ATI card it was a nightmare.My ATI All-in-wonder card was plagued with constant lockups and slow downs.

    With that being said, I was very wary of putting another ATI card in my system.I had always been happy with Nvidia, so the choice should have been obvious, but I did extensive research and my results prompted me to give ATI another chance.I purchased the 9800 Pro from ebay for a steal at $150 for my PC build.I must say it is worth every penny.

    All of my games run smoothly on my Athlon 3000+ with 1GB ram.The only problem I had with this card is that I could not get it to run Doom 3 right out of the box.The game would always crash to the desktop when I tried to start a new game.No other games gave me any problem except doom 3.I searched the internet and found that many others were having problems with this card and Doom 3.I found and downloaded some third party drivers that fixed the problem.Doom 3 runs very good on my system now and doesnt crawl along as I expected it to.I haven't played Doom 3 too much after getting it working, because I haven't really gotten into the game as of yet.However I have been playing other games like Halo and quake 3 and I am amazed at the crispness, and brillant colors.These games run very smooth and quick with no slowdowns or choppiness whatsoever.

    ATI may have won me back as a customer, but only time will tell.

    5-0 out of 5 stars PCI Express is an unknown technology
    I don't even have this card, just felt the PCI Express loving guy is pretty stupid.There are no cards out so how in the heII do you know that it's so much better than AGP.AGP 1x to 8x there barely is a performance increase and with computers still coming out with AGP these cards will be supported for a few years to come.

    1-0 out of 5 stars PCI express is the future
    If you have waited until now to get this graphic card, you should wait just for few more weeks.The PCI express is the only way to go.I guess by the end of this year, AGP will be a thing of the past.Which means your next computer purchase will not be able to use this card. ... Read more

    11. Pinnacle Studio MovieBox Deluxe 9.0 [USB 2.0]
    by Pinnacle Systems
    list price: $179.99
    our price: $179.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00032Q3XS
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
    Sales Rank: 300
    Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Studio MovieBox Deluxe is the best-of-class external solution from Pinnacle which makes the most of a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port to connect almost any digital or analog video source, such as camcorder, VCR, web cam, or TV, to your PC. Includes the full version of Studio Plus v.9, the advanced version of Studio v.9 that offers more powerful and creative capabilities while retaining the award-winning interface and workflow, complemented by Hollywood FX Plus which provides a collection of additional filters and transitions.

    Connect Any Camcorder Or VCR To Your PC
    DV, D8, VHS, Hi-8 Video can be captured from both analog and digital tapes, and mixed into your production. Once your project is complete, you can then output it to either digital or analog tape.

    Digitise And Compress All Your Videos
    MovieBox Deluxe is a plug-and-play solution: just connect it to a USB 2.0 port, available on most recent PCs, then capture video from any source. No need to install a FireWire controller to capture from DV camcorders.

    Industrial Design By F.A. Porsche
    The MovieBox Deluxe device has been designed to be both elegant and ergonomic.

    Product Highlights:
    • Includes full version of Studio Plus version 9 video editing software
    • Includes full version of Studio Plus Pinnacle Hollywood FX Plus
    • F.A. Porsche industrial design, both sleek and rugged
    • Captures video in MPEG-1, MPEG-23 or AVI format
    • Connects to your computer's Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port
    • S-Video/composite input and output
    • Create Video CDs2 and DVDs2 that can play in your living room's DVD player


    • Advanced Video Editing
      • PLUS : Multi-track video editing
      • PLUS : Chroma Key (Blue screen) effects
      • PLUS : Picture-in-Picture (PIP) effects ... Read more


        • Image Filters - Create exciting video effects, such as Old Time Movie, Ripples, Lens Flares and more
        • Home Cinema support - Capture, edit and output 16 x 9 widescreen video, and create surround sound soundtracks
        • Automated editing - Let SmartMovie edit your movie for you
        • Fix poorly shot footage using Studio's new cleaning and restoration tools
        • Audio Filters - Apply professional-level effects such as Reverb, Graphic EQ and normalize

        Reviews (7)

        5-0 out of 5 stars Quite Satisfied
        I have some VCR tapes that I wanted to copy, edit and burn to DVD.I contacted Dell Computers to seek their advice on what I should purchase to accomplish this task.They recommended the Pinnacle MovieBox 9.0-USB. I naturally went to Amazon to read reviews.Needless to say, the reviews were pretty bad.But, the one thing that I kept reading was that people with machine configurations slightly better than minimum requirements were having problems.Since I just purchased a new computer from Dell (Dimension 8400, 3.4GHz, 1GB RAM, 160 GB HD), I assumed that I my configurations were more than adequate to accomplish the task.I purchased the Pinnacle MovieBox Deluxe 9.0-USB.

        After receiving the moviebox and software, I couldn't be more pleased.This hardware/software performs exactly as described and I couldn't be happier.I was able to capture my VCR tapes flawlessly, edit like a professional and burn to DVD without any problems.

        1-0 out of 5 stars review of reviews
        I was seriously thinking of getting this product, but there are so many bad reviews about Pinnacle products, and especially their customer tech service I have second thoughts. Here I see several bad reviews from all over the country, suddenly followed by a "great" professionally sounding review from CA from "A Reader". Pinnacle is located in Mountain View CA. Who do you believe??

        5-0 out of 5 stars It worked great for me!
        I was hesitant to buy this based on the other reviews but then Maximum PC Magazine said it was just fine. I got a $70 rebate for it so I thought I'd give it a shot.

        I'm happy to report Pinnacle Studio MovieBox Deluxe 9.0 [USB 2.0] works just as advertised. I have never done any video conversion or editing before nor have I ever burned a video DVD before. This product made it easy.

        I hooked up my VCR to the device and the film copied right in without a hitch on my first try. I did some minor editing in Studio and created a somewhat complex menu for the video. I then exported to a low-res mpeg that ran just great on Windows Media Player and then burned a high-res image to DVD. The DVD plays in both of my home DVD players and even works on a Mac. Quality of the DVD was as good as the VHS tape.

        Overall I have not had any hiccups, crashes, or other problems over a half dozen conversions. Well one issue: on one video import that I edited the sound on the first chapter is very choppy when you preview it. Once I exported it out to an actual movie the sound was fine. But other than that I have had no trouble making VHS to DVD conversions with light editing.

        I do have a very solid PC setup with lots of RAM and disk space. RAM seems less important as I haven't seen the program use more than a few hundred megabytes. If you have at least 768MB of RAM you should be fine (can't say what the requirements would be if you did lots of sound editing or transitions). Free disk space is crucial. Plan on having at least 5GB of disk space free for every hour of video you want to convert. Multiple disks also help where you can have the program on one disk and the video files writing to another. I also updated all of the drivers and firmware for the various devices before starting.

        Previous reviewers mentioned choppy video. I have not had the problem but one thing to remember is that you can't record Hollywood movies that are copy protected. This will result in all kinds of lousy import issues. If you are trying to convert home movies or unprotected movies it should work fine. I'd also guess at least a 3Ghz P4 as the minimum processor for DVD quality video. I think the box says 2.2Ghz as the MINIMUM needed for DVD quality.

        If you have a good PC I'd say give this product a try. It worked for me.

        1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this product
        Don't buy this product - it just doesn't work. I hoped that the other reviewers who had problems were using underpowered computers, but I couldn't get it to work on my 3 year old Dell, with 2.4GHz P4, and 1MB RAM, which are far beyond the requirements Pinnacle specifies. The captured video was so jerky, it was unwatchable. I emailed Pinnacle's tech support and got an automatic response that said I would hear from them in 24 hours. I think they meant 24 years, because 4 days later I haven't heard a work. I don't know what works better - maybe a firewire capture would work.

        1-0 out of 5 stars Useless Product
        Terrible product from a truly awful company. Do yourself a favor and just don't enter the world of frustration that is Pinnacle Systems. I hope this company goes out of business soon. ... Read more

    12. ADS Technologies API-555 Pyro Av Link with adobe Premier E
    by ADS Technologies
    list price: $199.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007KI7SU
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: ADS Technologies
    Sales Rank: 4822
    Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The Ultimate Dv Capture And Editing Solution

    A complete, fully integrated hardware/software solution, PYRO A/V Link Professional provides the best value and the best components for capturing, editing and exporting both analog and digital video in real time. PYRO AV Link with Premiere Elements includes PYRO AV Link, an external box that connects to your computer via FireWire. With Composite, S-VHS and Component connectors, capture video from any source

    For video editing, it includes Adobe® Premiere® Elements software offers the perfect combination of creative control and reliability for home video editing. It automates tedious tasks so you're free to create cool effects and transitions and easily burn DVDs (* Adobe Premiere Elements is for PC WINDOWS XP ONLY).

    • Capture any analog video source to high quality DV video format
    • Component IN/OUT: Exclusive component video connectors!
    • Includes Adobe® Premiere® Elements software
    • Compatible with FireWire/1394 enabled PC's and Mac's
    • Convert analog video to DV or DV to analog
    • Export digital video files to VCR's
    • Convert between devices (from DV to Analog or Analog to DV) without using a computer
    • Capture Resolution:
      • NTSC: 720 x 480 @ 30 frames per second
      • PAL:720 x 576 @ 25 frame per second
    • Capture in DV video format
    • Audio capture in 48, 44.1 and 32 kHz (12 and 16 bit)
    • Power On/Off button
    • Mode Selector switch
    ... Read more

    Reviews (1)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Lack of support from ADS
    While the product worked relatively well with composite and S-video inouts it never worked with component inputs which was the sole reason I purchased this vs. any of the other products available (such as Dazzle 150).

    I tried the e-mail support and never got a response in two weeks - even after submitting multiple forms and following up with e-mails and phone calls.

    This product has since been returned for a full refund. ... Read more

    13. Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-USB 2.0 (Model 941)

    our price: $128.24
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000AL8XX
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: HAUPPAUGE
    Sales Rank: 1746
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    WinTV PVR2 USB Personal Video Recorder ... Read more


    • Capture high quality still video images in many formats
    • Digital video recorder and player
    • Live TV-in-a-window (any window size up to full screen)
    • Record TV shows or home videos to hard disk
    • Pause live TV with instant replay.

    Reviews (11)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Easy and reliable
    After having some significant issues with an Avermedia PCI card, I went with an external box thinking it would be easier to troubleshoot. So far, however, I haven't needed to do any troubleshooting.

    Prior to installing, I downloaded the latest drivers and apps from the Hauppauge website. The device took roughly 10 minutes to install and then fired right up - no problems. I didn't even bother installing the drivers from the included CD, I just used the ones from the website.

    Video quality is good, even thought I am connected to a older USB 1 port. There is some graininess to the picture, though I am not sure yet whether that is the device or my cable feed to it (I suspect the latter).The included TV app is pretty good, though a bit unintuitive. At least it has a 'stay on top' function, something the Avermedia app lacked.

    I have not tried the PVR functions yet, as I have two connected to my satellite dish already.

    Oh, and the radio comes in load and clear with the included FM antenna.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Happy so far
    I've had my Hauppage WinTV-PVR-USB2 for about three weeks now, and have been quite happy so far.I installed the software on my Fujitsu laptop (P4 2Ghz, 512MB RAM, 60GB 4200rpm HD, Windows XP Home) without any problems.The CD-ROM I received in the package already had the latest versions (which I checked against Hauppage's website).My only gripe: the installers install over a dozen start-up programs which make your PC's start-up time a little longer and also consume some memory.

    Operationally, the product is pretty easy to use and works well.The PVR program is not all intuitive, and the printed user's manual (a thin booklet) is poorly written, but it doesn't take too long to figure out.(One thing I still don't get is the one-touch-pause [OTP] feature, which doesn't seem different from the regular pause button.)You can resize the TV window however you want, and you can pick where you want your videos saved and the quality you want.The default quality works pretty well.

    One thing that does bother me a little, and hence the 4 stars instead of 5, is when you hit the pause button, the recording seems to take a second to get going.I cannot tell if that means one second of the full program gets dropped.It would have been nice if the pause starts instantaneously.

    Overall, the package feels it could be polished more.But so far it's been totally stable and I recorded a TV film for 2.5 hours without problems.I then downloaded the movie to my new Sony PSP and watched the widescreen film on the subway ride.Sweet!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Disappoint product for the hype
    Was hoping that this would be a great product from a very well know company in the industry of tv tuners as well as for the mpeg 2 compression in the box but was extremely disapointed in the results.The audio video sync was off as well as the video was glitchy.I dont recomend this for the laptop user nor the desktop seeing as it wouldnt even work on it, in fact it wouldnt boot with it attached.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Solid product & easy to install
    I initally bought the Avermedia MDVDEZUSB External Video Capture Device.That thoroughly depressed me with the concept of USB video capture since I couldn't really do anything with it.

    I returned that, and then decided to spend a little more money to get this product.This thing took all of 10 mins for me to install, and in no time I was watching TV on my computer.The quality of the pictures was really good, even in full screen.I also transferred some footage from a VCR tape to the computer without trouble and then proceeded to burn a DVD - all of this was smooth and easy.I have USB 2.0 connections, which may have helped (the box says USB 1.1 will limit the ability of this device slightly).

    The product is a little pricey, but you get what you pay for I guess.The previous product I got was just $50 or so, but since it didn't work at all, the extra expenditure in this case seemed well worth it.

    I would definitely recommend this product.

    UPDATE: Well, after 3 months of use the thing stopped working!The computer wouldn't recognize it anymore, and even trying to install it on my office laptop didn't work, pointing to a problem with the unit itself.I called tech support, and they asked my to mail it in.5 days later, they called to tell me they are mailing me a new one.Despite the problems I had, I would give this product 6 out of 5 stars if I could, simply because of the excellent customer service.

    5-0 out of 5 stars New User
    After looking for a PVR/Video Capture device, I found most of the reviews rather unhelpful. I hope to update this in the future as I learn more. Day One: Very Easy to Set Up. Connect cable to device. Takes a few minutes to recognize all the channels. Tested the software. Viewing and recording very easy. Used Titan TV for advanced recording, very easy. Quality looks good so far on small window. Some lost of quality in larger size windows on computer.A slight delay (a couple of seconds) from live tv.FM Radio software sounds/works ok. Haven't yet burn to disc or imported from VCR. So far I am pleasently surprised considering reviews I have read on the web.
    Day 2: Problems (1) It appears that you need to use the same usb 2.0 port you install on, otherwise a failure occur. (2) When rebooting computer make sure you don't plug it in until reboot iscomplete. -- Update: Seems to reboot ok now, maybe because I am using the same port. (3) Ulead software has aborted 2 of 3 times. Update: Burned a copy of a tv program using SVCD, looked real nice on tv. Still working on efficient editing with Ulead (4) Tried two other programs (Nero/showbiz) to import, but they do not work with device. This is not a big problem since wintv2000 produces mpg files that these programs can use. Otherwise, so far so good. ... Read more

    14. Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150 Personal Video Recorder (1045)

    our price: $86.44
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0006FS2IQ
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: HAUPPAUGE
    Sales Rank: 2603
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    WinTV-PVR 150 Personal Video Recorder, PCI ... Read more


    • dbx-TV stereo decoder, for great TV sound. (Nicam stereo on PAL models)
    • Watch TV on your PC screen using a 125 channel cable ready TV tuner.
    • Record your TV shows to disk using the built-in hardware MPEG-2 encoder.
    • Pause your live TV shows with instant replay, fast forward and rewind.
    • Composite/S-Video and audio inputs, to connect to VCR or camcorders.

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product - does what it says
    I wanted to put a TV in my child's play room, which also had a computer.This device enables me to use the computer as a TV.It works great, my 4 year old has no problem using it.

    I installed the device in my only PCI slot, hooked my cable coax into it, started my PC, and the drivers automatically loaded.I have XP SP2.The whole process took about 10 minutes.The software then starts and after about 5 minutes, goes through the cable channels to store the channels.Then, you are ready to go.

    The unit is equipped with a remote.The remote points to an "eye".The eye is attached to a medium-sized small cord that is attached to the PCI card (under the coax cable).You are able to position the eye where you want it, although the cord the eye is on is not long.If you have a desktop sitting on the floor, it will barely reach the top of a computer desk.I taped the cord just under my keyboard shelf, so the remote needs to be pointed low.

    The functionality of the software is great.You can change the channel with the computer or remote.There is a button to enable "full screen" on the computer, but not on the remote.The picture is excellent.The ability to pause live TV, or record ad-hoc or timed works extremely well.

    This is a great product.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 30 sec Skip on Remote ?
    Is there a 30 Second skip button on remote control? Does it work with other pvr projects? ... Read more

    15. AVerMedia AVerTVHD MCE A180 Hi-Def TV Tuner Card (White Box)
    list price: $84.99
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    Asin: B00094OWEM
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: AVERMEDIA
    Sales Rank: 4309
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    Product Description

    Bringing High DefinitionTelevision Programs To Your Media Center PCAVerMedia AVerTVHD MCE A180 is a full height PCI ATSC HDTV card for free over-the-air digital TV and full quality free over-the-air HDTV reception. It allows OEM/System Integrator to add value to their Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 PC. Enjoy free over-the-air Digital TV on your Media Center PC, watch, pause and record Digital TV programs, especially 1080i HDTV broadcast programs like NFL Football or the Oscar. AVerTVHD MCE A180 designs for Microsoft Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 Operating System, it completes your Home Entertainment Center capabilities with High Definition TV viewing. Watch TV, or use the PVR and Time Shift features to Pause, Rewind and Replay Live HDTV so that you will never miss a moment of your favorite TV programs again. ... Read more


    • Supports free over-the-air ATSC signal 480p, 720p and 1080i, with wide screen support
    • Watch over-the-air digital TV and full quality over-the-air HDTV on your Media Center PC
    • Watch, record and save your favorite Digital TV programs to your hard drive for later viewing
    • Use the PVR and Time Shift features to pause, rewind and replay live HDTV
    • Connect your analog VCR or camcorder to capture uncompressed video data for editing on your PC

    16. Kensington Auto Charger and FM Transmitter for iPod
    by Kensington Technology Group

    our price: $40.84
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    Asin: B0002XM01C
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Kensington Technology Group
    Sales Rank: 2795
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Kensington FM Transmitter/Auto ChargerAll-in-one, compact FM Transmitter/Auto Charger plays and charges iPods using the car's FM radio and cigarette lighter plug. Patented Aerielle wireless technology provides superior audio fidelity including enhanced noice reduction and excellent stereo separation. LED indicators to signal transmitting and charging states, and safety fuse protects against power spikes. For iPod or iPod mini with dock connector. 5 year limited warranty and free technical support.Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theKensington 33159 - IPOD FM TRANSMITTER/AUTO CHARGER and all other Kensington Audio Accessories ... Read more


    • All-in-one FM transmitter and charger plays iPod tunes through your car's FM radio, up to 15 feet away.
    • Simultaneously charges iPod using the car's cigarette lighter plug
    • iPod FM transmitter provides crisp highs, deep lows and up to 50db stereo separation.
    • Red and green LED indicators signal plugged and charging states of iPod, safety fuse protects from power spikes.
    • For iPod or iPod mini with dock connector.

    Reviews (14)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Very bad if you live in Raleigh
    If you live in Raleigh, DON'T get it. i can't find a radio-free channel to use.The best i can find is 107.7, but i still get static here and there. So, don't get this product if you live in Raleigh.The air radio channels out there are just too powerful. This transmitter is not strong enough to overcome them.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not so Hot
    It isn't working out for me.The reception is terrible on all 8 possible channels and I DON'T live in a big city.Static is VERY frequent and sometimes I even get buzzing.In an old VW Bug this might be acceptable, but for any car in which you can actually hear the music, there no enjoyable music to hear, at least not in my small town.

    I bought this particular brand and model because I was worried about the space to my power outlet (Cigarette Lighter)in my '93 Ford Explorer.This seemed to be the smaller of the FM transmitters available.This is not the fault of the product, but I too am having trouble with my power connection so I would not recommend it for '93 and similar Ford Explorers.Power worked OK in my Ford F150 with a wide open power outlet in the dash.

    Very disappointed.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as itrip but not perfect
    I got great reception with this but it regularly loses contact with the power source. Twisting the thing around trying to get some juice while driving is a real drag.

    5-0 out of 5 stars works exactly the way you want it to
    Before buying this, I checked out various FM transmitters, as I only have a cd player/radio in my car. The iTrip and similar top-mounted transmitters all had very inconsistant reviews, and I didn't particularly like how they looked on the iPod. Then I noticed Monster's iCarPlay, which seemed like a good idea, as it charged and transmitted, and I assumed it could be a better transmitter because there was simply more power for it. Looking around at other, similar products, I found this Kensington product.

    I decided to buy this over the iCarPlay because it blends so well with the iPod and because it was "Aerielle Enabled." I actually had no idea what that meant, but upon further investigation, it seems that it is a new, patented method of transmitting which is supposed to be quite good.

    It is. I plugged one end into my cigarette lighter, and my radio, which was already set at 88.1, went from static to total silence. That was when I knew this was a great product, because the complaint with tramsitters is that they transmit a little bit of static themselves, but this was completelysilent. I was a little worried because all of the 107 sations are taken in my area (North of Boston), but all you really need is one empty station (you can only set this transmitter for 88.1-7 or 107.1-7). I plugged in my iPod and turned on the music, and there it was on my radio. It didn't sound weak at all, but it was a noticable downgrade from CD. So I played around with the settings. I turned up the bass on my stereo and set the iPod's EQ to "Acoustic," which worked very well; the sound was crisp high and low, and a good balance. That may just be my stereo though, so try different combinations if you're not satisfied, but I truly cannot tell the difference between a cd and my iPod now. I'm sure there is some lost quality, but none I'm going to notice, as I am driving a car, and cars can be quite noisy. The EQ can drain the battery a little faster, but it's charging, so it works out great. A nice touch is that when you turn your car off, the iPod automatically pauses, so you don't have to worry about leaving it in your car overnight and coming back in the morning to discover you have no music for the commute.

    I recommend this product to anyone. Well, anyone with an iPod and a car.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Works Flawlessly
    I couldn't be more pleased with this product.I just made a trip from Philadelphia to State College, PA and only had to change the station once.Sound was crystal clear, with the bass especially surprising me.I just set my radio presets to match the 8 channels offered on the transmitter, so switching them while driving was no problem.As I was initially setting this up I tried to see if the kensington could overpower a station that was playing with moderate strength and it did so without fail.I haven't personally tried any of the other similar products available (such as icarplay, itrip, belkin, dlo), but I am very happy with this one.I am surprised that a couple reviewers on here did not have such good results, as almost all of the reviews on this and other sites have been unamimously positive. ... Read more

    17. Logitech 2.4 GHz Cordless Presenter
    by Logitech
    list price: $99.99
    our price: $51.29
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    Asin: B0007KVK8E
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Logitech
    Sales Rank: 2752
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    Product Description


    Timing is everything. Keep your audience engaged with our new 2.4 GHz Cordless Presenter™, featuring an LCD timer with built-in vibration alerts to help keep your presentations on time.

    The Logitech® Cordless 2.4 GHz Presenter™ helps you focus on connecting with your audience, not your computer. Take advantage of its 50-foot range to control your presentations while moving around an auditorium with confidence. A built-in LCD timer with vibration alerts at five and two minutes helps you effectively manage your time.

    No software is requiredjust plug it in and it works. The built-in controls for Launch Slideshow, Slide Forward, Slide Back, Black Screen and Volume put the most-needed presentation tools in the palm of your hand. Theres even an integrated laser pointer to help you emphasize your key messages.

    ... Read more


    • Long battery life
    • Launches slide show and allows escape.
    • has volume control and integrated laser.
    • Works with any PC, no software required.
    • 50 foot range.

    18. Dazzle Digital Video Creator DVC-90 Video Capture Device and Movie Maker
    by Pinnacle Systems
    list price: $89.99
    our price: $71.24
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00028CAL2
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
    Sales Rank: 1629
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Digital Video Creator 90 ... Read more


    • High quality video capture: get the most out of your PC's Hi-Speed USB controller!
    • Works with any video device equipped with analogue video outputs
    • Store hours of videos on your hard disk
    • Restore damaged videos or edit them automatically in a few minutes with Pinnacle Studio¿ QuickStart
    • Preserve and share your movies on CDs and DVDs*

    Reviews (13)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Frustrating waste of time...
    Installed as directed, hooked up equipment. Studio program opens but fails to detect equipment. Sometimes even opening the program freezes my computer. Consumer support was no help. Does NOT WORK. It seems many other reviewers were happy with their purchase so I guess I'm in the minority who was disappointed by this product. I'm planning on returning this and purchasing another product.

    2-0 out of 5 stars FRUSTRATING!!!
    EEE-GAD! I wanted a device to capture 8mm video.The man at the store showed me this.Yes, it captured the video, but I just want to make a simple disc menu to break up the two hour disc and I cannot figure out how to do it.I am not great with computers, and am not familiar with the software scam that goes on every day.The things that these products claim to do, they just don't do!I have already shelled out $80 for this product, but if I want it to do what it SAYS it will do, I need to spend $90 more!!! What's with the upgrade scams?
    The help topics are very confusing and even when they spell out what the screen will say, it doesn't say that once you get there.Well, maybe it WOULD say the right thing if I buy the upgrade.This Pinnacle program is just maddening.How can you figure it out?I am afraid to try other products because they sound even more confusing.The box needs to say what these things actually do, because they can't be returned opened.Oh yeah, when I opened the box, I was shocked to find absolutely no literature.The only reason I gave it two stars is for the capture device. Too big of a learning curve on this one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ease of Use Makes it a Joy!
    I was looking for a means to convert some of my VHS collection (namely Centennial) to DVD. I had looked in to several systems, and am no complete amateur, as I have done video conversions since my Amiga days over a decade ago. I recently bought a new computer system with a USB2 port and a DVD burner, so I figured now was the time. I read bad things about the other Dazzle systems, but this one had good reviews. They were right. Within minutes of receiving and opening the box I was feeding the video into my computer and ready to burn the DVDs. I have since burned quite a few. It's almost idiot proof. The quality is not exceptional, but it is quite good for home movie conversions for those that are not perfectionists. You must have a USB2 port, and that seems to be adequate speed. You also should specify and remember where you want the output to go, or it tends to hide files on your drive, taking up quite a bit of space. Very simple to use, and fun to play around with. One thing. I use Nero to do the actual DVD burn. The burn function in Pinnacle take forever. No big deal to me, but might be to others. Also, maybe I've had no problems because I have an up-to-date system, with XP SP2, 3.4GB P4 CPU, etc. One more thing...I am stationed in Germany and Amazon would not ship to me! I had to order through J&R, but got it way quicker than I ever have through Amazon, and at a better price. Wonder why they won't ship item to an APO? Okay, maybe should only be 4 stars, but I really do like its ease of use.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very Nice
    I knew nothing about digital video, but in one day I was able to take content from 3 different VHS tapes and turn it into a DVD that could play on my 5 year old DVD player. Wonderful.

    The only problem I really had was that I had to use another program on my computer (Nero) to actually burn the DVD. Why I don't know, but that was a small inconvenience to me.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty much as advertised
    I purchased the Dazzle 90 product to convert my 8mm cassettes from an older Sony Camcorder to DVD. I have made about 6 DVDs now, and I am pretty happy with my purchase. The software is fairly simple to use, and the end product looks good. I do not notice any drop in quality. If you simply want to covert your tapes to DVD, with no frills, then I would highly recommend this product. A few notes after using the product...
    - It takes alot of disk space. Just installing the software that comes with it took 7 gig (you could probably get by with less by not installing all features?). You can get about 60 minutes of high quality film onto a DVD, and this takes up about 7 gig. Also, the software requires space on your harddriver to burn the movie to the dvd. I kept getting a message that I did not have enough space. It was annoying that it would not tell me exactly how much space it required. So I cleared off space, and did not get the message to go away until I had about 12-14 gig of free space. For this reason, I would suggest doing a defrag before starting.
    - One thing to be aware of, there is a mention option to remove a captured video and free up space. But if you have burned the movie(s) to dvd, you can also build up a great deal of space in My Documents/Pinnacle Studios/Auxillary Files. I was running out of space again, after burning numerous movies, until I found this directory and how much space it was eating up. I then found there is a menu option for deleting these too (when you are in the edit option)
    - You can create the movies in mpeg rather than avi, and this takes about half as much space. But I did this once, and thought the quality wasn't quite as good as the avi. It was very close, but I am going to go with the avi.
    - The software comes with the basic features and some extras. If you want to do more fancy things with the movie you create you need to upgrade your software. If you pick certain features that are not available with the base software, you will get a popup box asking if you want to upgrade.
    - This is not a fast process. The movie converts to your PC in real time. So a 60 minute tape will take 60 minutes. Editing the movie does not take any time at all (if you are doing the basics and once you get the hang of it) Then the burning it to DVD takes awhile. I have not checked exactly because I let it run and come back later, but I would guess it takes at least 4 hours for 60 minutes of tape. This time is much shorter when burning mpegs rather than avi.
    - I have not had any crashes or major problems. But I have had a couple problems with getting the menu screen to work when editing. But I just start over, and can get it to work the next time. Note. If you don't see images in each of the menu chapters, do not proceed. I made this mistake and waited forever for a movie to burn, before realizing it was stuck trying to make the menu.
    - Overall it has proven to be a good product. I have had wanted to get my precious memories off of the tape and onto DVD for a long time. This is MUCH cheaper than having it professionally done,and I did not need anything fancy, just the tape onto dvd. ... Read more

    19. ATI Technologies Radeon 9200 128MB Video Graphics Card
    by ATI Technologies
    list price: $99.86
    our price: $87.39
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    Asin: B00009KTMA
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: ATI Technologies
    Sales Rank: 2577
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    RADEON 9200 series delivers a dazzling visual experience with the highest performance in its class. ... Read more


    • Integrated display controllers to drive two monitors simultaneously
    • Four rendering pipelines for the fastest 3D gaming performance in its class
    • Full support for the AGP 8X standard doubles available bandwidth for more engaging characters and environments
    • 128MB of DDR memory
    • HYDRAVISION, ATI's multi-monitor management software, effortlessly organizes and controls display configurations for CRTs, screens and flat panel displays

    Reviews (13)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Needed 2 Video Displays - Good Value
    I was amazed that the one DVI output actually is compatible to VGA display - What's the mystery to all these XYZ exotic-sounding different "standards"?
    DVI, VGA what's the difference if a $3 passive gender-switcher can handle the signals between 'em?

    ATI's Hypervision software handles my 2 CRTs seamlessly.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Works Great!
    I bought this a week ago because I was itching to play Doom 3, and it worked! I'm not really a hardcore gamer, but it met all my expectations. It runs all of my favorite games, old and new, quite efficiently. If you're one of the people with a 64 megabyte card who wants to upgrade, this is the card for you, unless you want to pay obscene amounts of money for a 256 meg card. And don't get an NVIDIA, they have severe I/O problems. Its much more worth you money if you get this, or any other ATI model.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great video card for a great price
    I bought my Radeon 9200 through and it works just fine for what I use it for.I get an average of about 40fps on mostly medium and high quality settings on Half-Life 2, nearly flawless on Battlefield: 1942, and I had an average of 60fps on high quality for Call of Duty.If your in need of a new video card, or just trying to get one so you won't have to use onboard anymore, go with the 9200 and move up when some of the higher end cards prices go down.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great card..just needs a good owner
    Bought this card about 4-5 months ago and I have to say it's an amazing card you just need to know how to gain its full potential. The drivers supplied are to say the least OUT OF DATE! Go directly to and get the latest ATI omega drivers these are fine tweaked to a higher spec than any made by ATI and also allow you to overclock your card. I overclocked mine to almost 300mhz core and 250mhz mem now I can play Half Life 2 (All settings on high no jumping or stuttering) and Doom 3 on High with no side effects. Now for the money this card is a bargain just dont give up on it at face value. It is a nifty little card that can compete with cards 10x it's price it has all latest features (2004/05). I couldnt recommend this card more. Also omega drivers are compatible for all ATI cards so the graphics are getting faster and smoother every month.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Do not waste your money!
    Just last September, I went from 64 Mb to this 128 mb 9200 SE card in hopes of playing Doom 3, and in preparation for Half-Life 2. First off, it was horrible playing Doom 3, even after re-authoring the game, and some tweaks I found on gaming sites. I IMMEDIATELY was disgusted having paid $70 (after rebates), and bought a nVidia FX 5700 LE 256 Mb for about $115. I can now play all the high end games I want (albeit at medium settings). So, spend a little more and get a medium price card. ... Read more

    20. Avermedia MDVDEZUSB DVD EZMaker USB 2.0 External Video Capture Device
    list price: $49.99
    our price: $41.79
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    Asin: B00009PGTC
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: AVERMEDIA
    Sales Rank: 2593
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Avermedia Tech (MDVDEZUSB) AVerMedia DVD EZMaker USB2.0 ... Read more


    • Supports Different Languages
    • Cut, slice and stretch your movie clips for the perfect combination of scenes
    • Capture Video From your Analog Camcorder, or VCR/VHS onto a CD, DVD, or PC
    • Direct to Disc Recording
    • Play Captured Video on DVD Players

    Reviews (21)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Value but Confusing
    The hardware is great value, easy to install and has excellent capture quality. On the downside, the software has a rather complex user interface with little or no documentation. The Broderbund video editing software, as you might expect, is kid-level and clunky, but the neoDVD capture software is both powerful and solid, and there lies the problem if you are not already familiar with video terminology. It includes Help and an online Tutorial, but both are skimpy, and have huge gaps in explaining the video technology. However, if you are willing to make the effort to learn, and waste a few CD-Rs in trial-and-error experimentation, then this is definitely the best buy - it only loses a star for lack of good documentation. If you want an idiot-proof, out-of-the-box system then deduct another star and plan on the extra cost of buying better documented software.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This USB Device is super
    This USB device is value for money, it really works well. Soon after easy install the device was working great. I do not use the software which came with the device instead I use Inter Media Win DVD Creator 2.00 which came my Compaq AMD 3400+ (2.2gh) 512 memory 200 GB harddrive. The end result is very good indead. The Amazon,s service is super, I got it FEDEX ground (Free) (Ordered Friday recevived it on Monday). When you get the Amazon Credit Card ($30) off so it just coat me $11.00) can be bad at this price

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great value - easy to use
    This device was a breeze to install and works well in capturing video from my DVR as well as my camcorder.The only problem I have encountered is with the included MovieShop 6.5 software.I am running Windows XP and my system meets all the requirements.However, even with a clean install, the Movieshop program simply does not run on my computer.Luckily, I have another video editing and DVD burning program that easily integrates with the files I capture with this device.I suspect there is some conflict between the included MovieShop program and a pre-existing one on my computer.However, I have neither the time nor the patience to troubleshoot this problem.

    The video quality is good, although I find the sound to be a bit distorted.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Stay Away
    First, the quality of the image is horrible. It does support the S-Video, but the quality of output is even worse than the 8mm, not even close to Hi8. I don't think my computer limits the performance. I am using P4 2.8G,with 512 MB ram.
    Second, the software provided has very limited function. It doesn't even has the split and combine function. Record audio track is impossible. With only a few effects to add on.
    Finally, the price is ok. DON'T EXPECT MUCH.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I have a Pentium 1.5 and it still works
    Yep thats right, my PC does not meet the requirements and it still does work. I have a 1.5 Pentium and 256 RAM. I connected my analog camera and it did record perfectly! I dont have the proper adapters to try my VCR with tis yet, but Im sure it would work. But be sure to have at least a pentium 2.0! I happen to have a good ASUS motherboard.

    Be sure to have a 2.0 USB Card too! I like this product! Great price and works goog despite the fact that my PC does not have the proper CPU! ... Read more

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