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  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Price: 5
  • Quality: 4
  • Ease Of Use: 4
  • Usefulness: 5
Great value for money – DVB-T Digital TV USB Dongle Stick With FM/DAB/DAB+ Reviews

posted by Cameron657 on 03/03/2012 Certified Owner

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.
Other:
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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