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SAMSUNG USB 2.0 Slim External DVD Writer Model SE-208AB/TSBS
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Decent drive 01/02/2013

This review is from: SAMSUNG USB 2.0 Slim External DVD Writer Model SE-208AB/TSBS

Pros: Easy install (Vista 64 SP1). I simply plugged it in and the drivers loaded.

Decent performance overall.

Cons: The hub is a bit stiff and it required a bit more force to seat a CD. It has loosened up, but it is still stiffer than other portables I have used.

Other Thoughts: It would have been nice if the cable were about 2' longer. (Isn't it always)

For the price it's a nice external drive that functions well. So far it works well and meets my expectations.

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SiliconDust - HDHomeRun Network-based Dual Digital - HDTV Tuner Ethernet Interface
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Tunes all the channels the QAM tuner in my TV does. This is the first product that I've tried that does that with Comcast in my region. (Everett WA).

Cons: The guide in Media Center doesn't populate for all the channels, though I have to wonder if that's not Microsoft's responsibility.

Other Thoughts: It takes a bit to get the channels set the way you want them. Make sure you update the configuration tool, which makes it a fair bit easier. Other than that I've got no complaints.

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Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1600 ATSC/ClearQAM/NTSC TV Tuner PCI w/Remote 1178 PCI Interface
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The analog part worked well.

Cons: Will not tune Comcast Clear QAM, even though my TV does without a PC card.

Other Thoughts: I'm buying a SiliconDust HDHomeRun to replace this with since Hauppauge support is useless. My advice to those looking at this card, find a different one. I've fought with this for hours with different drivers and it will not see the digital channels. Hauppauge support is a joke, and you may as well ask the wall since you will get the same reply (NONE).

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Paul S.'s Profile

Display Name: Paul S.

Date Joined: 02/25/04

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 06/10/04
  • Last Review: 01/02/13
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