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Hauppauge 1540 HD PVR Rocket Portable Game Recorder

  • Record Xbox, Playstation and PC Games
  • Easy editing and uploading to YouTube.
  • Video recorder w/ built-in mic mixer.
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HD PVR Rocket is a portable high definition (HD) video recorder for recording video game play. Rocket works with video game consoles or PC game systems. Small enough to carry in your pocket, the Rocket records game play to a USB thumb drive (not included) and includes a built-in microphone mixer to record your game commentary. Record in HD and upload your best game play to YouTube! The HD PVR Rocket records at video resolutions up to 1080p in real time using a built-in hardware H.264 encoder.Standalone, but also compatible with Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 & 8.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 720 days
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 720 days

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  • Rob A.
  • 3/2/2014 2:34:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsa great standalone PVR

Pros: This unit functions exactly as expected/advertised, and was working within minutes of unboxing it. It captures stunning quality videos to a USB stick from XBox, at the press of one button. It's surprisingly easy to use and well-thought-out for gamers.

Cons: none we've found yet

Other Thoughts: We don't use the Rocket attached to a PC, we do standalone capture. So we aren't commenting on features of the included software, just the hardware used as a standalone.

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  • Michael R.
  • 3/1/2014 11:09:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsHauppauge Rocket DVR

Pros: The Hauppauge DVR Rocket is a disappointment. It records X-box flawlessly, but will NOT allow you to copy from streaming media like ROKU, and won’t easily allow me to do the one thing I bought it for—recording a Power Point presentation off-screen of my PC. Setup is confusing. HDMI is not the one-size-fits-all solution to connection.

Cons: This device determines if you should be allowed to record. If in doubt, it says your USB thumb drive is not present, instead of telling you cannot record. Three thumb drives later, and doing a default X-box recording proved that with a 1 GB USB drive connected. X-box was a gorgeous recording in MP4 (H.264) default format. That’s all I could get it to do predictably. Worse, it recorded some screen fiddling on the PC once.

Figuring out what power-up sequence to do is daunting. Load a new disk in the X-box, and you lose your screen unless you boot all the way from scratch with everything. Blinking colored lights do not explain a piece of gear like this. It will not work with HDMI switchers encountering different HDMI restrictions. You might get better results with A/V in, but my computer doesn’t have those anymore.

Other Thoughts: It would be unfair for me to trash the device for anyone using it for Xbox or PS-3 recording. It worked very well in that regard--some of the best screen imaging from my Xbox that I've ever seen. The PC part was misleading. I thought a stand alone device would avoid the software issues of recording, but they carried those problems into the firmware for this unit. Line up all your ducks carefully, or it doesn't work.

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