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Prolink PixelView PlayTV Box Review - Conclusion

For many, the desire to have TV capabilities on the PC is great. But there can be a lot of compatibility problems when using an internal TV tuner device. Come join Mike "Darthtanion" Wright as he takes a look at the Prolink PlayTV Box which eliminates these compatibility issues once and for all. Could it be that this is just the ticket? Come see for yourself!

| Players & Accessories in HT & Movies | Posted: Nov 16, 2002 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Prolink

Conclusion

 

While this might not be a device that everyone will be interested in, for those who want the ability to have their monitor to display TV output, it works wonderfully. It gives a very reasonable image quality that doesn't have that scratchy appearance that is put out by most internal tuners. It also accepted all cable channels I had available with no problems at all. And best of all, it won't interfere with the OS in any way.

 

But if you want the ability to do image captures or record a show that is playing, then you'll be out of luck with this model. You'll need to look elsewhere for a device that allows this capability, but it will likely come at the cost of reduced image quality.

 

Another nice feature is the ability to hook up other devices to it. If you have a movie you want to watch on VHS, then just hook up your VCR to the back of the box and you're set. Camcorder got something of interest? Hook it up. If it has either Composite or S-Video output, it will work with the PlayTV Box.

 

Bottom line... If you've been looking for a means to watch TV on the PC but don't want it to interfere with your system, then you have found what you've been searching for. If you plan on recording, however, you'll want to look elsewhere.

 

- Pros

 

Easy to hook up

 

No compatibility problems with OS

 

Accepts most standard video devices

 

Output to any device with VGA compatibility

 

- Cons

 

Slight image degradation

 

No capture abilities

 

Rating - 9/10

 

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