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This review is from: AVerMedia CV710 ExtremeCap U3 Capture Card
Pros: -Captures 1080p 60fps uncompressed
-Works with OBS
-Works with my Canon Vixia HF21 and GoPro 2
-Works with Intel chipset (I own a Lenovo Y510p)
-Included software works great for capturing video contents
Cons: Had to enable Safe Mode in the USB Diagnosis tools due to some image issues at random intervals. Even with that option enabled, there is no quality or frame loss I could find in the recorded videos or in the preview.
Other Thoughts: I purchased this primarily to broadcast events from my Canon Vixia HF21, and this does the job pretty well. I used OBS to perform the broadcast to YouTube and it worked excellent. CPU usage was around 60% in my Intel Core i7-4700MQ. There was no frame drop during the broadcast and I was also simultaneously recording the broadcast to my PC.
Also, just for fun I plug my Wii U to this capture card to play using my PC monitor and sometimes capture game footage which also works excellent.
Overall, if you are looking for a simple capture card, want to capture live events, or just connect your game console to your PC monitor, this will do the job.
Pros: 4th gen Intel Core, Dual NVIDIA 700 series. Excellent cooling (it has a big fan inside).
Cons: No mSATA slot, but that's no issue for me. Also, this model does not comes with the new m.2 SSD slot. Again, this is not a necessity for me.
Other Thoughts: The Ultrabay slot is also compatible with 9.5mm caddies and optical drives. It includes both the Optical Bay SATA ports plus the Lenovo Ultrabay port. I ordered a hard drive caddy and will test it in this model. Also, to activate Switchable graphics, you must remove the included Ultrabay graphics card. Applications which are compatible with more than one GPU (Multi-GPU applications) will detect both of the NVIDIA cards and will utilize them. This is the case for me since I'm not a gamer but use graphic-intensive softwares and video editing.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: IOGEAR GFR204SD 10-in-1 USB 2.0 SD/ MicroSD/ MMC Card Reader/ Writer (Green/ Gray)
Pros: It reads all SD cards and has a dedicated MicroSD slot, so there is no need for adapters!
Cons: there's nothing bad to say about this item.READ FULL REVIEW