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  • Great value for money

    posted by Cameron657 on 03/03/2012
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:

    ~ Cheapest way to get DAB I have encountered.

    ~ DVB-T tuner is powerful (Realtek)

    ~ Handles HDTV well

    ~ Runs on weak computers well (eg netbook)

    ~ Standard ant. connector - no need for stupid adapters.

    ~ Decent build, runs cool.

    ~ FM radio performs to a satisfactory level.

    Cons:

    ~ A bit long

    ~ Heavy coax cables can put a lot of weight on the unit, which bend the USB plug in the socket a bit.

    ~ The USB plug isn't as tight as I'd like it to be.

    ~ Included antenna will only work in prime signal locations, in fact, the antenna cable picks up more than the antenna itself.

    ~ Presto! PVR isn't the best program for the device.

    OtherThoughts:

    Presto! PVR does not work with DAB/+ well and chews up heaps of CPU. Alternate programs and/or drivers fix this. Other reviewers provide helpful suggestions to overcome the DAB stuttering and similar issues.

    Buy a decent antenna for this, included one is useless, something mildly directional should do it, not an omnidirectional stick. Pity it's not backwards compatible with USB1.1 for my Thinkpad T30

    Bottomline:

    Fantastic unit, esp. for the price. Works great on my netbook.

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