Pros TV, External video sources come in great
Good Video Quality, Great Audio Quality
Decent Software, PVR capabilities
Cons 2.5 second delay between source and screen
Device gets hot after an hour
Summary I have a Dell Insperon 1525, Vista Premium, Integrated Graphics, 1280x800 resolution screen. I bought this because I didn't want to still watch tv at college, but without losing pvr capabilites and I didn't want to lug my big tv down here either.
This little stick does this job exactly as I had hoped. I can watch tv, record, pause, play, so on. The bundled software works pretty well, though not as pretty as Windows Media Center. I really only have one word of caution. Most LCD displays have a higher resolution than digital tv, so watching tv full screen on my laptop is like watching a high resolution flash video, but without the compression artifacts. Audio is great, no complaints whatsoever there.
The one thing that I was hoping for was to plug by PS2 into it and play console games on my laptop without an emulator. But even though i could, I learned that there is about a 2.5 second delay between the source and the display. This means that when I press a button on by controller, 2.5 seconds later, by character moves, so action games and online games are out the window, but RPGs might work with some patience. Also, the stick gets hot after 30 min to and hour. I mean really hot. So hot that I'm worried about using it past 3 hours. So don't leave it plugged in unless you're using it. But all in all, highly recommend this, especially for the price. Go buy it.
Pros When i 1st got this, i actually hooked it up to my laptop in the bathroom, just using the intenae it came with. I got 7 HD channels even in there. It was local broadcast channeels. i was amased, laugh slightly under my breath.
Cons none so far, like in the opening of my review does everything it says, even more.came with a dongle to hook up other things, i hooked up on just ClearQam, buncha channels. worked as a DVR. then hooked it to CableBox great images and HD recordings.
Summary Pleasntly suprized!!
Pros What a great concept!
Cons The software and drivers do not work with every operating system as intended.
Support is weak and unhelpful.
Summary Here are some more Cons:
The IR Controller is for a PC Card Slot, will not fit in the ever so-common express slot of your laptop.
The antenna is a joke. It's a retractable one similar to an old FM radio with horrible range. No magnet mount either!
WinTV 1.7 - (comes with it) uses a buffer that creates a delay so playing games, like an XBox is impossible.
WinTV 1.3a - (an update) has a game mode to bypass the default buffer but doesn't work and support said it would be fixed in the NEXT release.
Hangs after 10-40 seconds of Direct TV and support say's, "Sorry, cant help you until we get a copy of the stream for the people who make our codecs". But it works with some others I've plugged into.
The Bottom Line:
I bought this card 2 weeks ago for its recording capability. I know, I could have used a $25 capture cord (usb) but I also wanted the features for my kids. I used the 950Q to record old Video8 tapes to mpeg2, with great success. But when I used the card for TV and other stuff, like the Xbox, I found myself debugging, calling support, getting on the support forum and begging for help almost every day- to no avail. And each day I notice another fault with it and now it has become so overwhelming I have it listed on CL for sale. I have owned Hauppage WinTV cards since 1998 and have indeed been very happy in the past but this 950Q just ruins their good record with me. I cannot speak for other cards, they may not be as bad but what I do know of this one, the 950Q, is there's an abundance of 950Q owners who are consistently having the same issues as I am and no one is fixing it.
I am not sorry when I say this card and software are pure garbage and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone except my worst enemies.
"So far so good"on by hideme666
Pros Easy set-up. Solid NTSC and ATSC support. The WinTV v7 software tunes ATSC (OTA channels) and NTSC channels. Even in basement it picks up digital and analogue signals. WinTV v7 has an adjustable 30 minute PVR rewind-style buffer.
Cons Windows 7 isn't particularly good (but that's not Hauppauge's fault ;-). Windows Media Center doesn't seem to tune the digital channels but I haven't tried to trouble-shoot it.
Summary So far, so good. Not at all sure why one of the other reviews is so very hostile (older ones, mind you so perhaps they were dealing with older versions of the 950Q). My primary reason for getting it was to digitize old VHS tapes, but, rather than getting just an NTSC tuner I figured I'd spend a little more to get something that could allow me to grad ATSC OTA signals that I can use in the classroom.I've been using it for 1.5 months now and it works GREAT!
Updated on Feb 19, 2011
Robust reception in basement, & WinTV is set to use hardware acceleration.
I got Windows Media Center to work. The problem is a Microsoft settings/country problem!
I live in Canada so I dutifully told WMC that I lived in Toronto, Canada--that was my mistake.
WMC specifies that Canada is still analogue-only (NTSC) so hybrid analogue (NTSC) - digital (ATSC) tuners will only work as analogue tuners if you tell WMC that you're in Canada.
There are 3 solutions to this problem if you're in Canada and want to use WMC:
1. Set WMC to use the nearest US city if you're near the border (e.g. Youngstown, NY, zip code: 14174)
2. Search Google for:
Windows Media Center cannot detect my Hauupauge Q950 ATSC USB Tuner
Choose the thread at the Microsoft site. There's instructions at thegreenbutton that you can use to change the preferences files for WMC.
3. Choose any US city in WMC and go through the hassle of configuring stations.
"Defective product"on by matt2221
Pros small, easy to install
Cons doesn't work (for long)
Summary Worked well for 2 weeks then started to freeze. Couldn't just close and restart the program, but had to do a hard reset on the entire computer.
Hauppauge tech support was useless. Tech told me to install it on 2-3 different computers to see if it was a hardware conflict. Thanks, really helpful. When I returned it, the store employee was nice enough to tell me that this was a reoccurring problem and that they had a lot of returns on this item (so I didn't exchange it but got a refund instead.