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Mediasonic HomeWorX HW150PVR ATSC HD converter box with recording, HDMI output
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs very poor performer, no refund 09/04/2013

This review is from: Mediasonic HomeWorX HW150PVR ATSC HD converter box with recording, HDMI output

Pros: I very rarely rate something this low.

okay - on the good side;
- decent HDTV tuner finds many channels
- small footprint (but you need an external hard drive so this is faint praise)

remote has "short cut buttons" but (see below) this is only limited help for the terrible remote and interface.

Cons: now for the bad news:

- awful, awful, awful remote; and poor remote functions (clumsy "play" "fast forward" etc)) compared to other devices (other media players)

- You can program recordings, which are visible in the schedulre, but it WILL NOT record them ...
Because it drops the USB connection on any drive if left idle for something like 30-60 minutes.

That means you can schedule future recordings all you want, but it won't record them even with a functioning USB drive or USB stick attached.

It took me a couple weeks of trying this and that to finally realize, this just isn't a reliable PVR.

Also, the information on channels and interface are bare bones, very hard to navigate, and hard to use.

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To really make matters worse this unit is NOT refundable on NewEgg: See: "Limited Replacement Only Return Policy"

In other words, you bought it?
You keep it no matter how much you hate it.

Since I haven't run into this before on Newegg, this took me by surprise,and now I have a worthless product on the shelf.

Other Thoughts: This works as a pvr on live TV functions like pause, but not other functions, like scheduling shows.
The only way I could get it to record shows was to press the record button and baby sit the unit in real time.

Note the on-board scheduler says it is scheduled to record, it just doesn't do it, and won't stay connected to USB external drives.

My advice is to get something else, or hook up an old laptop, then use a tuner and software like Win Media center or one of the many good free or paid HDTV recorders.

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Mediasonic HomeWorX HW110AN ATSC Series Digital Flat Antenna
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Amazing performance for a small indoor 08/22/2013

This review is from: Mediasonic HomeWorX HW110AN ATSC Series Digital Flat Antenna

Pros: Stellar performance for a small, indoor antenna.

It is small and thin as paper. I thought that would translate to poor signal reception, but it gets nearly the same channels as another "amped" antenna 3 times the size.

Oddly enough, this reviewed antenna and the bigger one I'm comparing it to, each get one channel the other doesn't, so it that regard, the big antenna and this are exactly even re: score/performance.

Regardless, this pulls in an amazing array of signals in the LA area, and from an indoor antenna too. I have several buildings blocking line of sight, so I expected little but got it all.

A great performing, over the air (OAT) HD TV antenna.

Cons: Very few. Most are neutral comments.

It is small as an mailing envelope, so it can be bent if you mishandle it. (that is your fault).

Like any antenna, position and angle results in a big difference to what you can pick up.

My only complaint - and this is quite minor - is the sticky foot it is supposed to use isn't really a long term solution to keeping it in place.

Just use some 2" clear packnig tape, duct tape, or whatever and it will stay fast.

Other Thoughts: Go to antenna.org and you can see stations in your area. Like most antennas, this one seems to work best when the flat side is pointing to the towers.

I haven't tried splitting the signal. These are so cheap, there is no reason not to buy one for each TV or other antenna in.

The quality of the HD TV tuner makes a huge difference.

I have 4 devices that can accept co-ax antenna in.
3 of the 4 performed very well, and the 4th (a USB antenna) could only get about 3/4 of the other tuners' channels.

This is a real A vs B test as the (reviewed here) antenna was not moved, I just switched the connection from my HD TV to other devices and scanned for HD TV signals.

This is a really impressive, surprising product for $10.

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GIGABYTE GM-M6800 Noble Black 5+1 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1600 dpi Dual Lens Gaming Mouse
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Mouse is slightly harger, so good for large hands;
The grip is good and feel good in my hands.

DPI button is useful to switch from "fast" but moderate accurate (fine for everyday use) to the "fine" mode for precision (like Photoshop painting)

The cable is good at about 5 '

Cons: None really, a wireless version would be nice but that woud cost more.

Other Thoughts: I'm surprised Gigabyte makes such a great mouse.
I used their motherboards, but his is a bargain product from them.

I liked the first so much I bought a second one!

Buy on sale if you can, but still a good deal at regular prices.

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Charles C.'s Profile

Display Name: Charles C.

Date Joined: 05/14/04

  • Reviews: 43
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  • First Review: 08/14/09
  • Last Review: 09/04/13
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