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GIGABYTE GT-U8000-RH digital TV Tuner - In the Box

Today we check out the GIGABYTE U8000-RH USB digital TV Tuner and see how it goes at adding TV capabilities to your PC.

By: | Players & Accessories in HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 13, 2007 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

In the Box


GIGABYTE has done a great job with the packaging - it looks very professional and it's something you'd easily spot if it was on a shop shelf.


In the box you'll find apart form the USB TV dongle, an antenna, two antenna adaptors, a remote, a small USB extension cable, a quick install manual and a drivers CD which also comes with CyberLink PowerCinema, as an added bonus.


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The reason for two different antenna adaptors is because of different connectors being used in different parts of the world. The screw on type is also for use with cable TV and you have to swap them depending on what you want to use the U8000 with. Maybe not as convenient as using a larger dongle, but it looks better in practicality.


Having the IR receiver for the remote integrated is clever, but it will prevent you from using the remote if you plug the U8000 into the back of your PC where the IR signal of course will not reach. It does work in some instances if you have a wall behind the computer to reflect the signal off though. The remote can also be used to control various functions in Windows, which is a neat touch.


The supplied antenna looks like your average Wi-Fi bundle antenna that is supplied with a lot of motherboards that comes with a Wi-Fi card at first look, but luckily it's not. Although we didn't realise it at first, it actually extends just like most radio antennas do and the built quality is very sturdy. Another neat feature is the fact that it has a magnetic stand which means that it's easy to attach to something magnetic.



All in all a pretty good bundle and it's hard to find any faults with the U8000 so far, but let's move on to the all important usage part to see what this thing can really do.


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