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KWorld USB Tuner 07/13/2010
This review is from: KWorld UB435-Q ATSC TV Stick
I bought this item from a local retailer rather than the Egg due to the number of bad reviews. I'm very happy with it. This tuner works fine. I did as many others have done: avoided the packaged software and set this up to work directly through Windows Media Center in Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. Let me detail the steps I used as have been discussed previously...
1. Get the correct driver. The driver supplied as well as the driver easily found at the website are not the most current. I'll re-post the link for the best driver again...http://www.kworld-global.com/main/download.aspx?dlfn=UB435Q_Driver_V5.9.917.1110_155031846.zip
2. Install the driver
3. Install the USB device
4. Boot up and let W7 find the driver...as easy as that. This tuner works seamlessly with WMC, albeit a little slow to change channels...but hey, it's USB and not PCI...to be expected. I was able to tune in most of the local channels, which leads us to the provided antenna...
...which given the size and portability of, really performs fairly admirably. I wasn't able to tune in all the channels I knew were out there however. Also, the antenna is a bit of it's own worst enemy. The base has a fairly strong magnet which seems like a good idea but after repeated moving the magnet pulled the metal base of the antenna away from the coax cable wire lead. This might be the problem for those who claim no reception with this device for OTA broadcasts. Rather than fuss with the broken antenna, I bought a simple set of HDTV ready dipole rabbit ears and now receive all the local OTA channels as can be had. This tuner really does benefit from a better antenna, however it doesn't have to be much better. You might even have all the antenna you need in box in the bottom of your closet. Also, this device requires USB 2.0...make sure your computer is up to snuff.
I'm in a metro area, within 20 miles of the broadcast towers, so your mileage may vary. I can only speak for OTA performance as I've done nothing with ClearQAM channels. I kinda hope that the people who've had so much trouble with this device aren't involved in critical industries...like National Security or delivering the morning donuts. This really isn't rocket science people. If I can read and follow instructions, you certainly can too!
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