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Mediasonic HomeWorX HW150PVR ATSC HD converter box with recording, HDMI output
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggs Not for Clear Channel Cable - Only Antenna Reception 08/01/2013

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

Pros: Small, low cost, PVR capability.

Cons: This box will not work with any "clear" channels broadcast over a cable, which is what I bought it for. Works with antenna input only (ATSC). Does NOT have a QAM tuner to receive cable signals that a normal TV would. Don't buy this if you plan to attach it to your cable TV system.

Other Thoughts: Since virtually any TV you would buy today has both OTA and clear signal cable capability, I can only surmise this box uses a really old digital tuner chip. I needed to view in-the-clear channels off my cable system, which it couldn't, so I returned the unit (too far away from broadcast stations to use antenna).

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DELL Latitude E5410 Notebook Intel Core i5 520M (2.40GHz) 4GB Memory 160GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 14.1
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Physical condition is good. No big scratches or paint missing. Runs well (but see below). Dell quality product.

Cons: Comes loaded with fresh OS from MSFT (labeled Windows 7 Pro for Refurbished PCs), but not specifically a Dell build. Has Win7 32 Bit installed, not 64bit as advertised. Need to download Dell drivers and software from web site. Runs out of the box, but may not have all the bells and whistles without the added drivers. Also - buyer beware. The DVD installed is READ ONLY (I thought they did away with them years ago), so no burning CDs or DVDs with this machine. Finally, this is not a wide screen model, but a standard "square" screen of old (not apparent from the specs but the picture does show it). I haven't tried the battery yet to see how long it lasts, and older machines often have weak batteries from continued charge/discharge, but I was aware of that risk.

Other Thoughts: The machine does run and Windows did load on it, and no doubt it will run well as Dell makes a good machine. But buyers should be aware of the "fine print" not apparent in the listing. And if you need Win 64, look elsewhere (it does come with a Win 7 Pro 64 DVD, but once you install the default 32 bit and key in the license, upgrade is an issue). Had I known some of the limitations, I would have chosen another machine. But since this is a refurb, Newegg will not take it back.

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Display Name: Jack G.

Date Joined: 06/11/07

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  • First Review: 03/22/13
  • Last Review: 08/01/13
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