Pros Easy to install, many options for video output, captures video in excellent quality with no problems
Cons None, except that you'll need to get other software to make a customized DVD
Summary This video capture device does what it's supposed to do, and does it easily and flawlessly. The installation process was very straightforward; once I installed the driver and WinDVD Creator software, I re-started the computer and it worked fine first try. I never even looked at the manual to do anything. Everything is very self-explanatory and simple. And it can capture for hours on a wide choice of formats and lots of choices for video output quality. It looks nice, and works great.
The product comes with WinDVD Creator and player software. The software is more than adequate to capture the video from TV, VCR's or cameras, and to burn straight to DVD with little or no editing. If you want to make really nice DVD customized the way you want, you'll have to get some software for video editing and and authoring, such as Ulead's products (which I use), or Pinnacle.
Pros Will capture in mpeg-2 format and DivX
Cons Very little software support
Summary So far the winDVD lite software is the only one that works with it. Even the retail version of winDVD won't work. I called plextor and they said they weren't able to do anything about it, it is up to the software companies like adobe, pinnacle winDVD etc... I called pinnacle and they said "maybe" in future versions of their software they might support it.
So if your thinking about getting this item be prepared, you will be stuck with the software package that comes with it for capturing.
Pros easy to use
Cons vista will never grow up i say save the earth msn should let old xp hardware be used and not duumped into mother earth thats why xp rules and vista is a fool maybe i should just stop be a fan of msn
Summary vista is very bad not woth 2 cents
its only good with web surf ConvertX PX-M402U is still the best hardware in the world but not vista
Pros Hardware encoding
Cons May not need all the software.
Summary I'm just using the Plextor capture program, and then use VideoReDo, DVD styler, and Nero to make dvds. I haven't installed any of the software other than the driver (get the latest from plextor) and the plextor capture program. I'm getting a nice picture from old VHS tapes. Everything just worked for me.
Pros Very easy to set up and use
Cons Shipped with limited software, lack of fine adjustments
Summary Yet another great product from Plextor. However the software that comes with the unit is somewhat limited. Plextor also provides a custom utility called "GoCap" which gives a few more custom options for capturing. Plextor was also nice enough to provide instructions on using the M402U with VirtualDub (very powerful free video editing software). All in all this is a very nice product for the price.