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This review is from: DIAMOND TVW750PCIE ATI Theater HD 750 Tuner Card
Pros: PCIe, Digital and Analog tuner, plus FM radio.
AV stream capture, through video, S-Video, or coaxial.
Cheap, and works with the hardware component to upscale and accelerate video in WMC from all sources.
Works with X64 versions of Vista, 7, and 8.
Cons: included Arcsoft software is disappointingly slow on a fast computer.
Issues with trying to digitize old VHS tapes, would work perfectly for a couple seconds then go to static in the Arcsoft software.
FM doesn't work in WMC.
Other Thoughts: I didn't try to use the included remote as I bought one from rosewill for all of nine bucks that works very well, and has included mouse functions.
You can just download the driver package from the ATI/AMD website for this and it works perfectly fine with WMC without the need to install the bloated and slow arcsoft.
I am not sure if it is part of some attempt at copy protection that is preventing me from converting my old VHS tapes into digital copies, but it will not pass, I will find a way, I bought and own the movies, and new versions on DVD have "special content" that I don't want in my movies.
Came with a cute little set of rabbit ears, works for local channels just fine.
WMC will schedule recordings, and you can edit where it saves them at (not on my SSD's!!) but Arcsoft doesn't let you choose?
Well worth the price, especially with a good rebate, even with a few flaws.
This review is from: Hulu Plus 1 Month - Holiday Offer (Email Delivery)
Pros: Some unique content available.
Some streams are higher quality.
Cons: What started as a great idea from Hulu quickly became noting more than what cable companies already offer, pay to watch ads!!! What a great idea!!!
Lack of supported devices, other companies don't make you suffer for their lack of ability to program.
HTML5? Whats that, a lighter bandwidth stream allowing for higher quality or slower connection, nah, can't have that we need to protect our stream that any flash down loader can already......um, what were we talking about?
Numerous other sites have content that end users have received free over the airwaves and have transcoded to commercial free legal downloadable episodes, of high quality, and did I mention they are free.
We are sorry, flash has crashed, please watch another minute of commercials to get back to where you were in the episode, its the least we can do.
Want to skip ahead? Let us show you commercials to make up for it!!
Is this ad relevant to you? No? Great we will now play it for the next two weeks!
Other Thoughts: So with Hulu free you get to pay for your internet connection, and watch their ads to pay for the content and their profit.
With Hulu plus you get to pay for your internet connection, and watch their ads to pay for the content and their profit, and the extra is to watch older episodes that are free and commercial free elsewhere, but you don't have to use Google to find them, so there is that......
Much like paying for outdated cable where you pay for the service, and then watch the ads and have a limited selection of on demand, but wait....cable on demand is ad free too.........
I am not really sure why anyone pays for Hulu plus unless they don't know how to use the internet. They don't have a WMC snap in they support anymore, and their beta desktop app they made was buggy, with some hacking it together it can work but if you are that good you already know how to not use Hulu plus.
I have had and tried Hulu plus, and grew tired of watching ads for content I was already paying for, and the delivery I was paying for, only to not be able to use it on any internet and flash capable device without work.
Pros: I received a bare "OEM" drive, as I would expect based on the description. You too will receive no cables, or any software, but that is OK. Seagate makes drive installation easy with Seatools that you can download for free from their site and run on a USB stick or burn to CD/DVD media.
The drive itself is 3.5" form factor, the dimensions and other basic specifications are listed here.
its 2TB unformatted, so just like your file cabinet could hold 2 million or trillion pages without folders, this could hold its full 2TB, but to work right it needs formatting for the system its installed in, so you end up with around 1.81TB of useable space on a Windows system.
Its advanced 4K clusters, when the drive natively stores data it has to store them in segments, and for years drives and Operating Systems used smaller segments. Since data has grown, storage size needed to grow, and smaller segments were not efficient.
Its Sata III interface, which allows for higher burst data rates, but is not saturated by the drive's read and write capabilities.
Speed. The main factor in many purchasing choices.
Multiple passes of HD Tune Pro shows the following.
Read 212MBps Peak uncached.
Average 156MBps uncached
Lowest 122MBps uncached.
Burst 212MBps uncached
Average seek time was around 13-14ms, lower than advertised.
I mention uncached, as that is the speed of the heads writing and writing to the platters, not using the 64MB of buffer or cache memory. It shows what the drive is truly capable of.
With the buffer enabled the cached read/write speed varies depending on what is already in the buffer for files, but it was between 200 and 320MBps.
Filling the Que length up to 32 showed the drives 64MB of cache and logic was well matched up, the drive never stalled even when performing reads and writes of a mix of mismatched small 1Kb and 64Kb files.
the drive exhibited no noise beyond what I would consider normal in operation and wake.
It was running much cooler than the 750GB drive it replaced.
All in all it is a solid product.*
Cons: None I encountered.
Other Thoughts: I used my test drive after running it in an existing windows install with seatools I cloned the existing drive and its now been running through many virus scans, defragments, installations, uninstallations, and very heavy use.
It is a China made drive, but I have had no issues with it and after another month of successful use the prior drive will be formatted.