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Travis O.

Travis O.

Joined on 03/29/12

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Most Favorable Review

If you don't have time to for cable but want all the features plus some this card is for you !!

Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250(WinTV-HVR-2255) Media Center Kit Dual TV Tuner w/ IR Remote PCI-E x 1
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250(WinTV-HVR-2255) Media Center Kit Dual TV Tuner w/ IR Remote PCI-E x 1

Pros: Works great with WMC. I go to family diner at my in-laws every Sunday and have missed animation domination for 2 years, until I bought this card. The dual tuner with on card decoding lets you record in the back ground with out and any CPU or GPU slowdown at all!! You can record your show while watching your wife's show with her, with no problems at all. The video capture let me turn all my VHS into DVDs. Not to mention the remote that starts WMC controls the volume and every thing else you expect a remote to do!! I am so happy about this card I can not even begin to give all the pros!!! I can put my HTCP to sleep and the card wakes the system up to record my shows!! I don't have to worry if my PC is on or not to have my programs recorded. It gets more channels then my digital HD 1080p TV tuner does, that impresses me! I have not used this option but you can hook your cable box up to your HTPC through the card as well, and do all the features I described and some more.

Cons: I had to install the WinTV software to use all the features of the card has through WMC. Which after the first restart I uninstalled and was still able to use all of them. Tried this twice just to make sure that that was the issue. If you only install the W7 drivers you can't utilize the card fully. This is easily resolved by installing the cards software then restarting W7 and then uninstalling the program.

Overall Review: I love this card, to think I almost stated paying for cable just for the options this card has!!! Like record TV settings; record series, single show, or new shows only. Also pausing live TV for about ten min so you can fast forward through the commercials.

Most Critical Review

Cruppy Product!!! Do Not Buy!!

Linksys Wireless-N300 PCI Adapter with Dual-Band (WMP600N)
Linksys Wireless-N300 PCI Adapter with Dual-Band (WMP600N)

Pros: ? The specs seemed good!?

Cons: I bought this because I have had a LinkSys Wireles-N router for 3 years. The router is super stable and has worked perfectly for years. It provided access for; PS3, Wii, iPhone, Droid, 2 laptops, 1 Mac-top, my broke neighbor, a DSi, and was used as the gateway for my workstation and printer, which was used by all capable wireless devices. I bought this product because it matched the router exactly. The router was upstairs and my new HTCP build was downstairs, next to the Wii and PS3, both of which got awesome connection from the router, 80+%. However with this card the HTCP was less then 30% not counting spikes. I being the employee of a networking service company and Licensed Electrician, routed cat5e cable from my upstairs to my downstairs to relocate the router downstairs. This made it literally 12 steps away from the card and did not improve it at all!!! My friend and neighbor who is super multi-certified and an uber-tech!, checked-updated the firmware of the card and router.

Overall Review: One would assume that a LinkSys product of the exact same type would work perfectly together but this is just not true! Believe all the other negative reviews about this card!!! It is crup!!! This is the only product I have ever regretted buying!!! I always pay the extra money for for a good product, but in this case I should have gone with a cheaper one that works way better!!! My neighbors USB wireless adapter that costs $18 dollars works way better in my HTCP then this piece of crup!!!!!!! I can 100% guarantee that that the card was installed as instructed by manufacturer and was checked by a certified IT professional. There is no chance of user error!! I know that in some cases this card might work for a small percentage but for most of us DO NOT USE THIS CARD!!!

Doesn't Last

TP-Link AC1750 Smart WiFi Router (Archer A7) -Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Internet Router for Home, Works with Alexa, VPN Server, Parental Control, QoS
TP-Link AC1750 Smart WiFi Router (Archer A7) -Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Internet Router for Home, Works with Alexa, VPN Server, Parental Control, QoS

Pros: Pro - Liked it when it worked, 3 antenna good range

Cons: Con - Didn't even last 2 years

Overall Review: Added to other side of house for Nest Cams, didn't even make it 2 years before it died

Great Performance without the Premium Name Mark Up

Noctua NF-P12 redux-1300 PWM, Quiet Fan, 4-Pin, 1300 RPM (120mm, Grey)
Noctua NF-P12 redux-1300 PWM, Quiet Fan, 4-Pin, 1300 RPM (120mm, Grey)

Pros: Works like you would expect a Noctua fan to work

Overall Review: Great Performance without the Premium Name Mark Up

Great Performance without the Premium Name Mark Up

Noctua NF-S12B redux-1200, High Performance Cooling Fan, 3-Pin, 1200 RPM (120mm, Grey)
Noctua NF-S12B redux-1200, High Performance Cooling Fan, 3-Pin, 1200 RPM (120mm, Grey)

Pros: Works like you expect a Noctua fan to work

Overall Review: Great Performance without the Premium Name Mark Up

Don't Believe the Bad Software Reviews!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LITE-ON 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner with 3D Playback iHBS212-08 LightScribe Support
LITE-ON 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner with 3D Playback iHBS212-08 LightScribe Support

Pros: If you don't pay close attention to which kind of update you use from the CyberLink site your mistake will make it seem like the software does not work!!!! UPDATE IT FROM CYBERLINK SITE USING THE "BUNDULED WITH HARDWARE LINK" OR YOUR ERROR WILL CAUSE IT NOT TO WORK!! YOU DO NOT HAVE TO UPGRADE TO ANY OTHER VERSION IF YOU PAY ATTENTION TO HOW YOU UPDATE AT THERE SITE!!!!!

Cons: If you don't pay close attention to which kind of update you use from the CyberLink site your mistake will make it seem like the software does not work!!!! UPDATE IT FROM CYBERLINK SITE USING THE "BUNDULED WITH HARDWARE LINK" OR YOUR ERROR WILL CAUSE IT NOT TO WORK!! YOU DO NOT HAVE TO UPGRADE TO ANY OTHER VERSION IF YOU PAY ATTENTION TO HOW YOU UPDATE AT THERE SITE!!!!!

Overall Review: If you don't pay close attention to which kind of update you use from the CyberLink site your mistake will make it seem like the software does not work!!!! UPDATE IT FROM CYBERLINK SITE USING THE "BUNDULED WITH HARDWARE LINK" OR YOUR ERROR WILL CAUSE IT NOT TO WORK!! YOU DO NOT HAVE TO UPGRADE TO ANY OTHER VERSION IF YOU PAY ATTENTION TO HOW YOU UPDATE AT THERE SITE!!!!!