First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
- Good reception, Can turn the PC on and off
- Had trouble with Channel 9
Despite some quirks during timeshifting and the slow channel changing, the DVB-T200A is a versatile card and is well worth considering, especially for a Windows MCE 2005 machine.
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Plenty of features and a competitive price tag make the DVB-T200A a worthy choice for any PC that requires digital TV functionality.
It displayed standard-definition and high- definition channels in pristine quality during our tests and playback was smooth on our AMD Athlon 64 3000+ PC, even while we used the Internet in the background. The tuner's ability to pick up all available channels using our old antenna is commendable; however, it did have trouble picking up channel Nine's standard-definition channels.
The card can also be used to record from composite or S-video sources, which worked well in our tests, and the card's software interface Compro DTV has a button for quick switching between these sources. Compro DTV has a couple of little annoyances, including slow channel changes, disappearing mouse cursors and slow timeshifting.
Manual recording was straightforward and worked well, as did the scheduler. The DVB-T200A is one of the few cards on the market that has the ability to actually power up a computer and then follow a recording schedule. It does this by using a power switch pass-through for ATX power supplies.
For lounging, the card is supplied with an infrared remote control and it also has BDA drivers, which means it can be used with Windows Media Centre Edition (MCE) 2005.
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GGG Evaluation Team
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.