MSI's Digi VOX is one of those products which come into our labs every now and again and sparks a lot of interest. It's an affordable product which can turn a boring HTPC into versatile system with the ability to playback HDTV and digital radio stations. It was our first taste of HDTV and we liked what we saw in a big way.
Costing around $120 USD (or $160 AUD), the Digi VOX provides HDTV at an affordable price - cheaper than most HDTV set-top-boxes and sometimes by a big margin. Some set-top-boxes in Australia cost upwards of $800 USD (over $1000 AUD) and don't do anymore than what the MSI Digi VOX can do when connected to a PC. It's a perfect add-on for a small form factor system in your living room, bringing HDTV to your house without breaking the bank.
We were impressed with the easy installation and hassle-free operation of the MSI Digi VOX. We didn't experience any blue screens, system resource hogging or random crashes which is a bonus as we have noticed these problems in the past with older TV turner devices. Once setup, the software is easy to use and the picture quality from HDTV reception is a long way better than normal analog TV, especially when watching programs recorded in HD.
Overall the MSI Digi VOX will make a great add-on to your HTPC and even your desktop PC and we have no problems recommending it. Why not give HDTV a try some day soon...it's free to air in most places and provides stunning visual clarity and amazing sound - it's the new wave of TV and it grew on us quickly. We just can't get enough of it at the moment and the Digi VOX did a good job of bringing the show to us.
Time Shifting (pause live TV)
Recording in MPEG-II
Scheduled Recording just like a VCR
Easy to use and setup
No extra power required, USB does it all
Remote control range not as effective when the device isn't facing your way
Must use USB extension cable unless you don't mind loosing a USB port
Included antenna is pretty much pointless unless you are very close to a TV tower
Rating - 8.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Editor's Choice Award
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