The nanoStick is the first PC tuner to support DVB-T2 – and thus Freeview HD. Was it worth waiting for?
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Pinnacle has updated its NanoStick USB TV tuner by adding HDTV features and has wisely chosen to call the revised product NanoStick Ultimate, instead of using its more prosaic PCTV 73e model code. The Pinnacle certainly lives up to its Nano name, as the tuner measures a tiny 55mm in overall length and only projects 42mm from the USB port. Small is good, but Pinnacle has also made the NanoStick compact by using a sliding cover on the plug, instead of the usual removable cover
Pinnacle has released quite a number of TV tuners aimed at the laptop user in recent months, but this Flash stick is the first version to actually offer something a little different from just TV on the go
We're strong advocates of PC-based satellite reception. First, there's the obvious advantage of being able to experience your favourite TV and radio programmes with digital clarity
Pinnacle's sturdy little stick is a good, solid performer at a good, solid price. Coming in at under the price of the (entireley reasonable) Avermedia, but lacking the FM radio capability, there's little to choose between them.
This Freeview PC adapter from Pinnacle comes with two portable antennas, and there's a UHF input, but Pinnacle has fallen short of including video inputs for capturing purposes. A shame, as the device comes with Pinnacle Studio Quickstart
In a market where set-up procedures are usually less than straightforward and software usually disappoints, it's good to see that Pinnacle understand what users expect.
Unlike most of the competition, the latest offering from Pinnacle is really two cards in one. It has a single coaxial connection for your aerial and a tiny socket for the bundled remote control receiver.