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SiliconDust HDHomeRun Dual HDHR3-US HD Digital Network Attached TV Tuner Device
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great tuner when using the right antenna 03/30/2013

This review is from: SiliconDust HDHomeRun Dual HDHR3-US HD Digital Network Attached TV Tuner Device

Pros: Dual tuners allow recording and viewing at the same time. Works great with Windows Media Center, ORB and XMBC. When combined with a Leaf amplified indoor antenna I get 120+ channels in my apartment here in Huntington beach CA.

Cons: Wish there was an app to use it with my Roku 3 directly.

Other Thoughts: I dumped Direct TV and went with this for DVR of local channels. My Vizio's have built-in ATSC tuners as well. I use a Roku 3 to stream Netflix, Hulu+, Amaz** Prime, Vudo (for recent releases), and about 3 dozen other Roku channels, including several free adult Roku channels. I built a small form factor media PC using an ITX mb for DVR functions and media server functions using Plex Media Server and Playon Media Server - both which can stream to a Roku.

Using the ATSC tuner inthe Vizio for live broadcast OTA, I can record two shows while watching a third. The recorded shows can be played back through the Roku.

The equipment (HDHomeRun, Mini Media PC, 3TB USB3 ext drive Leaf amplified antennas) cost me less than 6 months of what my DirectTV bill used to be, and I have access to far more content. My content subscriptions come to less than $15 a month.

Cutting the chord is really a no-brainer.

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Acer Iconia Tab W510-1422 Intel Atom Z2760(1.80GHz) 10.1
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I am forced by occupation to work in a Windows world. I have an iPad and a Macbook Air (bootcamped). The combination was frankly unsatisfactory. I purchased the Acer W510-1422 package on the hopes I could get by with one device that would run in a full Windows 8 environment. My expectations were framnkly set pretty low, but then so was the price. However, I was pleasantly surprised at the performance and the versatility of this package. The battery life is fantastic. Docking and undocking from the keyboard is amazingly simple. Having full Microsoft office on a tablet is irreplaceable. Plus the ability to run Android Apps via Bluestack is a real plus.

Cons: Can't find anywhere to purchase a spare charger. Trackpad is not multitouch - but I hate trackpads and rarely use them anyway.

Other Thoughts: It's no i7, but the little 2-core, 4-thread Atom easily handles everything I need a tablet/netbook for. It's not like I'm gonna be playing Crysis with it. Most of my work and play is in the cloud and frankly 99% of what I need a portable computing device for can be handled by a Chromebook.

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SIIG USB 2.0 Video Capture Adapter JU-AV0211-S1 USB 2.0 Interface
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Worthless w/Win7 64-bit 01/09/2013

This review is from: SIIG USB 2.0 Video Capture Adapter JU-AV0211-S1 USB 2.0 Interface

Pros: Worked with XP.

Cons: We have three of these for capturing video from microscope CCD cameras via SVideo and the SIIG software. Worked with XP. Cannot get them to work with Win7-64bit. Ironically, similar Sabrant devices work fine - even with the SIIG recording software.

Other Thoughts: Go with the similar Sabrant devices. They work.

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Display Name: Charles J.

Date Joined: 03/28/09

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 10/10/09
  • Last Review: 03/30/13
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