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AVerMedia UltraTV USB 300

At a Glance
  • AverMedia UltraTV USB 300

AVerMedia UltraTV USB 300
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AVerMedia's $99 UltraTV USB 300 was born to hit the road. Including its cables, it weighs just 6 ounces and is slightly larger than a deck of cards. Because it draws power from a USB port, you don't need to carry an external power supply. The tuner comes with a faux-leather carrying case, too. Clearly, fitting the device and its cables into a laptop bag won't take much thought. One drawback, however: It has no remote control.

The UltraTV software keeps things simple. Though you can deck it out with a fairly large control panel (complete with a clock and an on-screen keypad for entering channels), a single mouse click strips it down to the bare essentials--the TV image with a narrow strip on the bottom containing channel and volume controls. That doesn't hamper the tuner's usability, though: You can access most of the commands by right-clicking the window.

The software's picture-in-picture feature lets you watch recorded files and live TV at the same time, though you can't watch two channels of live TV simultaneously. The TitanTV electronic program guide integrates with the software so you can use the EPG to schedule recordings.

Changing channels with the UltraTV USB 300 is nearly instantaneous. Unfortunately, time-shifting at a resolution of 720 by 480 resulted in jerky video when viewed at high quality settings--though recorded files were not affected and played smoothly.

The UltraTV USB 300 comes with Ulead VideoStudio 7 SE and DVD MovieFactory 2 SE; both programs are pared-down versions of outdated software, but they're good enough to handle editing your favorite recordings and burning them to DVD or CD.

: If you want TV on your notebook PC, this small USB tuner makes a good travel companion--as long as you can live without a remote control.

Emru Townsend

This story, "AVerMedia UltraTV USB 300" was originally published by PCWorld.

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At a Glance
  • AverMedia UltraTV USB 300

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