The most likeable features here are the USB interface and DTV 4 software. USB tuners have been available for a couple of years now but have yet to render the PCI-E cards obsolete, which is where they deserve to be; USB is the best option for systems of all sizes. The DTV software is bundled with every tuner in the Videomate range, and its ease of use is still unsurpassed.
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The S800F is intended to allow users access to TV with the ease they're used to from their actual idiot box, but with much more tweakery and functionality.
Compro has used a traditional design for its tuner with a large RF connector on the end. Although it only packs a single Realtek RTL2831U DVB-T tuner, the overall size of the U100 is almost identical to the dual-tuner from Hauppauge. You may ﬁnd it tricky to connect such a chunky USB device to your laptop, in which case the supplied extension cable will be welcome.
This latest VideoMate TV tuner stick is the first in Compro’s extensive range to offer full Vista compatibility. Open up Media Centre and the U2800F will link up and enable full control over both digital and analogue TV.