Reviews and Problems with Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1850
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One of the best Freevo cards out there
8 April 2008
Summary: The over-the-air reception on this card is great. I can pull in over 10 local HDTV channels with a basic set of bunny-ears. Couple this with an HD cable box and the IR blaster and you are set for life. I really wish they had made it a dual tuner card with ATSC instead of including the worthless FM tuner... oh well.
Pros: Fast on-board hardware encoding/decoding. USB IR blaster and remote included. Native Vista MCE support.
Cons: Instead of FM, it would have been nice to have two cable tuners and an ATSC tuner on one card.
Summary: The card fit easily into the little used PCI Express slot on my computer. Windows update found the most recent driver after the supplied driver was installed. After reading about the many problems with the included WinTV software I opted to use Sage TV as an alternate. This software provides many options and is very reliable. Over- the-air reception (with an antenna) is good and cable reception is excellent on my HD monitor. I have not yet tried the recording function.
Pros: Dual tuner with radio reception; video processing does not slow down computer
WinTV-HVR-1800 Media Center Kit TV Tuner Nice core...
26 March 2008
Summary: I've used this company's products for years with good results. This item performs as well as expected. BUT you can buy it without the remote (no media center kit) and be just as well off. The remote is laid out poor, with tiny pictures instead of words for major MC functions. It feels cheap and looks the same. Note to the manufacturer, you'll want to improve this if you want repeat buyers from users.
Pros: Supported by major pvr software Easy installation Nice picture
Summary: I was looking to upgrade the ATSC tuner in my mediacenter pc, and came across this one from Hauppauge. I've purchased several of their tuner cards in the past with mostly positive results, so there was little hesitation with purchasing this one. In my case, a major plus was the card's use of the pcie x1 slot which was not in use in my system and which freed up one of the two pci slots on the micro-atx board. As for the card itself, I've had no problems with it.
Pros: Finally got an ATSC card supporting QAM!
Cons: No QAM support under Mediacenter (that I'm aware of) - not really a weakness of the card though...
Summary: The hardware in the box is great. The card is awesome and well built. The remote is somewhat cheap feeling but acceptable. The IR box and blaster look and work fine. This card works quite well with Vista Media Center. I have a dual-tuner configuration though, and there are problems with IR and certain programs. The card does what it is supposed to do and worked without problems. The included software, however, is horrible and should not be used.
Summary: The tuner has, for the most part, met my lofty expectations. With that said, I do have some critiques on the product. 1.) Instead of giving you two digital tuners, you get only. There is no reason to include an analog tuner as everything will be broadcast in HD pretty soon. 2.) The included software is terrible. I used a Hauppauge product almost 10 years ago, and the software essentially looks, feels, and functions the same.
Pros: Remote + digital tuner works fine. Works well with Vista Ultimate.
Cons: Included software. Only 1 digital tuner. They included a useless analog tuner.
Summary: This TV tuner does what it says it does. Plenty of inputs should be sufficient for your PVR. Software seems a little lacking; but that I am still trying to find the perfect solution. WinTV ships with the card, but you may want to experiment w/ Sage TV, Beyond TV, etc. Have not tried it w/ HDTV from a digital source, but the OTA sources seem to work just fine. So many features. . . . I still have some experimentation to do. Like I said, so far, so good.
Pros: Uses 1x PCI-e slot. Remote control ATSC/NTSC/QAM tuners.
Summary: I highly recommend this HD tuner card. You can record HD television while watching an analog signal and vice versa. I haven't tried this card out in any Linux distros yet, but I will be sure to try it out soon. The only real complaint I have is with the remote, because the buttons are small and too close to each other. It's probably more of just not being used to the remote than anything, but I had to come up with a weakness to pick out.
Pros: HD quality, compatibility with Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit, easy to install, remote functions very well
Cons: SD quality is hard to look at (not necessarily the cards fault though), remote has more buttons than necessary (maybe good from a different point of view)