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Foxconn DH-045(H+A)+MT-300 Black / Light Silver 0.8T GI Computer Case 300W Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excellent HTPC case if you have a micro-ATX motherboard. Easily removed drive bay makes it super easy to work on. Drop down door covers the drive bays, and a sliding door covers the USB and audio ports. Power supply seems solid so far. I'm using 3 of the four slots on my MB (Ceton tuner, NTSC tuner, ATI video card), with no power problems or cooling issues. This is the SAME case that Newegg sells as an HTPC case (Foxconn DH153C-CF300K ) for more money, only this one has a MUCH nicer front bezel. The drop down door is solid, so I don't expect trouble from it. The drive bay can be removed with drives attached WITHOUT removing the front bezel. I'd buy another.

Cons: Only real con is the extremely bright blue power light. Took out the led, stuffed some white paper in front of it, and put it back it. Toned it down a lot. The side fan was a little loud for my taste, so I replaced it with a Nexus SP802512L-03 80mm Case Fan.

Other Thoughts: You need slim cards to fit this case, so make sure you have the correct brackets for your cards. Made to take one 3.5in drive on the bottom of the drive bay, and another bay that can be external (I used it for a card reader). With a little ingenuity, you could probably get two 3.5" drives on the bottom of the cage. It has a blanking hole for a 1394 jack, but I found a card reader that has a jack instead. Front bezel is held on by three screws as well as clips top and bottom. Take out the screws, and discard them, release the lower clips,and rotate it up and off of the upper clips. You don't need the screws, apparently they are there for shipping. You have to remove the front bezel to remove the blanking plates over the 5.25" and 3.5" bays, as they are held in by screws.

Mygica U5072 USB Hybrid TV Stick for Watching Digital and Analog TV on PC
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Bought from another source because of a rebate. ATI chipset (good). Pulls in Clear QAM and NTSC off of my cableco fine. Using with Windows 7 Media Center with latest driver off Mygica's website; didn't bother using the CD. Windows will auto install a generic driver when you plug it in, but Mygica's seems to be tweaked a little better than the generic one, even though it is a couple of revs behind. Clear QAM quality is good, and found some clear QAM channels I hadn't seen before. NTSC cable is so-so, but I may need a signal amp. Didn't try OTA ATSC signals. Appears to be identical except in external appearance to the Diamond 750 USB stick, and can use the same driver, but is not optimized for that driver. That is good because my Diamond stick went up in smoke (lterally) last night!

Cons: Remote "kind of" works. Had to install the remote driver by going to Device Manager and pointing at the driver pacake I downloaded. Does not seem to be standard Media Center remote, has relatively short range, and must be pointed at the raised black area on the USB stick. Using a standard WMC center remote/receiver instead.
Did not include a USB cable extender to make it easier to plug into the computer. Fortunately, I had one.

Other Thoughts: You have to accept the limitations of a hybrid stick when using with cable analog/NTSC signals. The computer is doing all of the encoding to mpeg since there is no hardware encoder in the stick. A strong signal is a must for decent NTSC reception/recording. No conversion is involved for QAM recording, so what you record is as good as what the cableco sends you.

KWorld UB435-Q USB ATSC TV Stick
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs 2nd one I've ordered 10/11/2010

This review is from: KWorld UB435-Q USB ATSC TV Stick

Pros: This is the 2nd one I've ordered. Forget the software and drivers that come with it. Get the driver that Tony W lists a couple of posts below this one. Works great with Windows 7 Media Center, and 32 or 64 bit Windows with that driver. Will NOT do clear QAM without that particular driver in Media Center. Have the one I've got permanently hooked up to my media center to pull in a single over the air ATSC station my cableco doesn't provide. Have also used it for Clear QAM with the same computer and 7 Media Center. Since Media Center comes with Win7 and works great, just use it! Going to use this one with my netbook on the road. As good at pulling in signals with a decent antenna as any card I've used. If you are in the sticks, you WILL need a better antenna, but that is true with any digital tuner.

Cons: Included software and drivers are junk. K World's website is all messed up and hides the good driver.


Mcallister D.'s Profile

Display Name: Mcallister D.

Date Joined: 07/15/05

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 02/19/08
  • Last Review: 11/06/11
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