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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)