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Hauppauge Colossus - Record your high definition video gameplay and TV programs by H.264  for resolution up to 1080i, PCI-Express x1 Interface
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Had used ATI's video capture hardware for years and thought I would try out Haupp's Colossus capture card. I liked having the choice of composite / component / hdmi connection options. The software works well with the card and captures in 1080i as advertised. Make sure you have plenty of HD space to capture files in HD. Had for +6 months now and use it daily for capturing tv shows for the family. Windows 7 runs it great and never had to reboot for a lost signal or the card disappearing from the device manager (unlike some of the older ATI cards.) Software works well multi-tasking as well.

Update Aug 2016
Have been running this software while having (3) screens active, (1) for WInTV only, (1) for my video editor and (1) for misc such as web browsing, file transfers, or running open office with a spreadsheet of shows edited, WinTV still running like a champ.

Cons: The card seems to me overly large for what it does compared to other capture cards. Between the mobo layout and my high end ram with cooling rails, this card really disrupted my video card upgrade plans. Capture software appears to have a memory leak, after running +24 hours or so wether it is capturing or not, it eats up the majority of the system RAM. Rebooting every few days seems to be the fix.

Update Aug 2016
Turns out the memory leak was from my MOBO, once I got the BIOS lined out, I can leave the software on for days and have no problems. Sometimes, WinTV will go blank after a scheduled event, just closing and restarting the program fixes it,

Other Thoughts: I spent a little more money on this capture card because of the hdmi option and ended up using the component side now exclusively. HD programming looks great in the raw capture format and after being formatted for viewing on other devices.

Update Aug 2016
I started having problems with the dongle that connects to the component cables to the card itself to the point where it would come loose or fall out of the card connector all together. I was using some heavy duty cables to insulate from signal interference.

I have since switched over to the HDMI side for an easier and heavy duty connection. I am still using the component side from my SAT box at 1080, but I am now converting it to a HDMI signal via a composite/component/VGA to HDMI converter box that the card can use. The picture is much cleaner now and less cables to run behind my PC.

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ORICO Tool-Free USB 3.0 & eSATA to 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Easy setup for Win XP and Win 7.
Optional USB or eSATA connections allow for multiple platform connectivity.
Allows you to use older SATA HDDs that are lying around and not being used.
Use the older SATA HDD for archiving and then store it in a cool place.
Keeps it out of a hot PC case.

Cons: Requires a 110 VAC power source, due to USB hardware limitations.
HDD can come loose if the base is jostled or thrown around the room.

Other Thoughts: I bought this version after buying ORICO's USB only version awhile back,
I needed the eSATA connection so I could expand my DVR capacity.
Docked a brand new Seagate 1TB HDD to the DVR and so far been working fine.
The docking station is on 24/7 for DVR access, so we'll see how long it lasts ...

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[Upgraded Version - Support SATA III UASP ] ORICO Tool Free 2.5 & 3.5 inch USB3.0 to SATA External Hard Disk Drive Enclosure HDD SSD Docking Station [8TB Drive Max] - Black ( 6518US3-V1-US )
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Easy setup for Win XP and Win 7.
Great for backing up HDDs and transferring files from PC to PC.
Got an older SATA HDD lying around?
Dock it for archiving, then remove it and store it in a cool place.
No need to keep the HDD active in a hot PC case,

Cons: Not much other than it requires a 110 VAC power source, due to limitations of the USB hardware.
HDD could come loose if the dock it shaken or thrown around the room.

Other Thoughts: Got it on sale through Newegg and have enjoyed using it, a bit bulky but so are the 3.5 inch HDDs.
I ended up buying ORICO's other version that takes both USB/eSATA for expanding my DVR capacity,

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Display Name: Dan M.

Date Joined: 04/22/10

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 04/30/14
  • Last Review: 08/23/16
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