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AVerMedia TVBox9

From AverMedia

By Terry Currier AVerMedia TVBox 9

The ease of being able to still work on the PC and also be able to watch your favorite TV show makes the AVerMedia so handy. You donít have to turn your head or look up to see what is happening. AVerMedia makes some of the best products to make this work. The TVBox9 is an external TV device capable of letting you watch TV Picture-in-picture modeon your monitor in full screen, or a small box (picture-in-picture) so you can get that budget report done. There is an interesting picture-in-picture transparency mode so you can watch the show and still be able to see everything on the screen.

Being an external unit you donít have to open up your computer. In fact, you donít even need to use the computer at all, the monitor just serves as the screen. You hook up the device to the cable or antenna for the TV signal. There are VGA ports for getting it to the monitor, and sound output jacks. It does not have to be just for TV. If you want at the same time you can also hook it up to a VCR, DVD player, and game console. There are RCA jacks, and a S-Video plug in the front for simultaneous use. It will work with CRT and LCD monitors. 13 channel preview

It supports up to 1280x1024 SXGA resolution. To eliminate flicker it has 3:2 full-down by transferring 24 frames per second movie signal into 30 frames per second, and convert standard interlaced video into progressive scan video. My favorite feature is the 13 channel preview. It presents the channel you are looking at in the center and shows you what in on the other channels in 12 smaller screens surrounding. It scans the other channels and when you find something else more interesting just select it.

Features include:

Iíve listed below some of their other products for comparison.

 

Resolution (maximum)

Channel preview

Personal Video Record

Time Shift Mode

MPEG Compression

Price (from AVerMedia website)

UltraTV PCI 300

1600x1200

16

Yes

No

Software

$70

UltraTV PCI 350

1600x1200

16

Yes

No

Software

$100

UltraTV Media Center PCI 500

1600x1200

16

Yes

Yes

Hardware

$170

UltraTV USB 300

1600x1200

16

Yes

No

Software

$130

TV Stereo

1600x1200

16

Yes

Yes

Software

$33

TV Box 9

1280x1024

13

No

No

N/A

$180

TV Box 5

1024x768

No

No

No

N/A

$130

TVBox 9 transparency mode If your situation is that you can not put a PCI card in your computer or you want a setup where you donít need to use the computer for watchingTV, then this is great for you. Otherwise, I would recommend getting one of their units that will enable you to actually record the shows using the PVR software. I reviewed one a couple of years ago and really was impressed with the software, and now they even include DVD authoring software with those units. I do have to tell you though I really liked their transparency mode the more I used it, and this is the only unit they have it on (at least at this time).

AVerMedia www.aver.com

From out June 2004 newsletter


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