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This review is from: Winegard FV-30BB FreeVision Indoor/Outdoor HDTV Antenna
Pros: - 30 Mile range;
- works with TV, DVR or computer digital tuners;
- receives both VHF and UHF signals
- better signal strength than most modern flat/thin indoor antennas;
- good surface area in depth and space for signal reception - very good design
- dimensions and weight are identical to FV-30BB and both have transformers (think Winegard realized the 30H was not only a good outdoor antenna but a great indoor one, and so, re-branded it the 30BB)
Cons: Can't really give it any here other than the space it takes up on my wall but it's not unattractive and might lead to some conversations when in living rooms (mine is on my bedroom wall and attached to my computer digital tuner).
Other Thoughts: I've used the original little antenna that came with my USB WinTV tuner when I bought it to watch free TV on my computer. That worked okay to get the strongest local stations but could not pull in the ones I wanted, CBS, NBC, and KOMO, so I bought a cheap rabbit ear set ($12) and that worked just slightly better. Then I ordered an amplified modern thin, square, flat antenna ($25) and that worked much better but still could not pull in CBS or NBC without lag or interruptions in content streaming. This caused me to go to my local HomeDepot store and buy the FVHD30H OUTDOOR HDTV Antenna they had. Yes, my model is labeled an outdoor antenna but looks exactly the same as the FV-30BB, so I decided to buy it. So glad I did - it works great! I have it facing the correct direction (North wall for me) and I can pickup all three stations without lag or interruptions.
I should give some context here. I live in south Seattle and our TV towers and broadcast buildings for major stations are located within 22 miles north of my apartment complex. My daughter and I live in a second floor unit and I have the antenna on the north facing wall and as high on the wall as possible (for good CBS and NBC reception), which is about 13 or 14 feet from ground level. We have another unit above us and one directly in between us and the northern broadcast towers. So, even with a unit in our reception path to the northern broadcast towers, we still get very good reception for both CBS and NBC. I give my situation here because I cannot speak to how well this antenna would work for those with broadcasts towers out at the 30 mile range, but I suspect it would work fine, especially oudoors.
As I said my particular Winegard antenna was sold as an outdoor antenna but works better than all the so-called indoor antennas I bought before I risked the purchase of this one. I thought I might have to return, but boy was I pleasantly surprised with really good reception for not just CBS, NBC and KOMO but even stronger reception for other stations. I highly recommend the Winegard FV-30, regardless of the model number they want to attach to it. Besides, Winegard has been making antennas since 1948! I was a year old then. :)
This review is from: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Pros: Gaming reviews testing Windows 10 64-bit, show that Windows 10 is slightly faster than both Windows 7 and 8, (or 8.1) for game play. Too, Windows 10 is the only Microsoft OS to support DirectX 12, which improves game performance over DirectX 11 by quite a bit. While the latest video cards will come with DirectX 12 capability it won't be utilized in earlier versions of Windows.
More initiative to use than Windows 8.1. Faster boot time.
Cons: Microsoft's Edge browser - Perhaps just me but it's the opposite of initiative. Chrome is much easier to use.
Other Thoughts: I did an upgrade to my old 2009 model Dell XPS 435T Core i7 desktop to Windows 10 Pro 64-bit from Windows 8.1 Pro and all went well except that I did have to track down a couple Windows 10 drivers (mouse and keyboard) and install them myself, but this was several months ago. I suspect new installs with older hardware might go much better now. So far this is the best OS I've owned as far as ease of use, stability and speed are concerned. I've used all version of Windows from 3.1 to current, excepting Windows 7 - went right to Windows 8 from Vista.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Power efficient! - Works with older computers with 400W+ power supplies, using only 120 watts - 10 more than a GTX 650 Ti 1GB card.
Very quiet - Variable speed fans; each is independent and only come on when the video card is being heavily used. (
Very easy to install, as it replaced the aforementioned GTX 650 Ti 1GB. Didn't even need to remove or install a video driver, since they were both NVidia cards.
Excellent low cost, high performance video card.
Cons: None for me at all.
Some will need to consider the size of their computer case to see if the MSI GTX 960 4GB will fit (those with small or medium cases), and that they have at least a 6 pin connector from the power supply for it (most power supplies have at least that). It comes with a 6 pin to 8 pin adapter. The card, itself, has an 8 pin connector. Luckily, my power supply did have a 6+2 pin connector, so I didn't need the adapter.
Other Thoughts: Great video card for those with older computers who want to be able to play their games on max or very high settings without buying a new computer. Just check that computer case and power supply are both large enough, in size and wattage, respectively.
The cost is affordable at around $190-200 for a GTX 960 2GB and about $240 for the 4GB version, and it requires a minimum 400W or better power supply. The GTX 970 4GB card is at least $100 more and requires a 500W or higher, something many older pre-built computers do not have.
To give you an idea of the computer this went into, this is my computer: 2009 model Dell 435T XPS with a first generation Core i7 940 cpu @ 2.93 GHz, 6GB DDR3 RAM, 475W power supply with the only upgrades being a Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD replacing the hard drive and the MSI GTX 960 4GB video card replacing the prior GTX 650 Ti 1GB, a previous upgrade.