Pros: Cost. Obtained second hand, and has worked so far, with very nice quality recording/streaming.
Cons: Very fickle with my ATI 5870 video card. There is a lot of video corruption if I overclock my video card using the ATI/AMD tools. Also, the included software is passable at best. It really needs more options.
Summary: After burning out my old and outdated ADVC-100 I tried BM Intensity Pro Card and my system and capture software saw the card but it didn't work, at all so I RMA'd it back to NYC. for a refund, I was thinking about getting there USB 3 version and saw this on sale here at Newegg. So I took a gamble and it paid off. I now can ingest HD content to my system without any problems.
Pros: When you find a product that works just the way you want it to, that my friends is a pro. Also see other thoughts.
Cons: Short USB cable. Installation disc didn't have any Disc creation software.
Summary: It's actually a great product, especially for it's price. The quality is amazing, the software is very easy to use and it weighs virtually nothing. Since I use my laptop with it it's very easy to bring with me wherever! Although if I could recommend to those buying this as a starter project, raw video footage takes up ALOT of space, especially in high quality!
Pros: Very easy to set up Decent software included Great price Portable if you use a laptop!
Cons: Inability to capture S-Video (It's not advertised to, just irks me a bit) It's powered by USB, so if you always keep it plugged in you'll need to have your power source (Your computer) on before playing.
Summary: I have the PC version and it does a very good job of what it advertises. Really like the editing software that comes with it. Just wish it had at least 720p capture capability, but that might cause game issues. At 480p, you don't even know that its running.
Pros: Very easy to use. Excellent editing interface.
Cons: Not HD. 480p can look fairly grainy, especially in fast-paced games.
Summary: Despite any description you read, this DOES NOT capture any video above 480p. This IS NOT a High Def capture device. I knew this going in, but make sure you do before buying it. That is why it is under $100 bucks. Also, when capturing my gaming on my PS2 or my Wii, I would have to fiddle with the capture settings on FME when the consoles switch back and forth from 480i to 480p, and vice versa. Both are captured just fine.
Pros: Very easy to set up. Just install software off the disk, plug it in to the USB port, and it works fine. Captures in 480p and 480i just fine. Any component signal is passed through to your TV so you can still watch or play whatever in 480i, 480p, 720p, or 1080i. I do alot of Justin.tv streaming, so this is perfect. Not a CPU hog. Software is basic and easy to use. 1080i passed through to the TV still looks flawless. Works just fine with Adobe Flash Media Encoder.
Cons: 720p looks fuzzy passed through, so make sure your gaming looks just as good on the TV in 1080i. When first setting up, kept having a flicker every few seconds on the capture screen. After unplugging my old capture card, and switching USB ports, problem went away. The audio video ports on the device are kinda difficult to get high quality audio/video cables to plug in, because of the surrounding plastic. When I used my sound card to capture the audio, there was a spli...
Summary: This is a very good box for people who won't use it all that often or just want to get started. It's a lot cheaper than buying an HD capture device (4X cheaper on sale) if you're only using it to upload or to just save. HD would be nice, but the files would be >1Gb. The file from this thing are already big enough (~200 Mb for MvC3). For around the price of a game, this is a great buy.
Pros: It does the job. It captures the video with an easy setup and works with one button. If this is you're first ever game capture unit, it's a great start and worth buying. Especially if you don't know how much you will use it.
Cons: Something rattles in this thing and I don't know what it is. I don't know if it's suppose to be like this, or if this was not handled well by the shipping. I'm also in the process of figuring out why this product disconnects randomly on my laptop. It works fine on my friends desktop, so far only tried once, but disconnects often from my laptop.