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Compro VideoMate H900 PCI TV/FM Card

By: Mike Wright | Players & Accessories in HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 1, 2006 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: Compro

Final Thoughts


After all is said and done, we find ourselves with a product that does what it claims with ease. Not only does it have the ability to give a very reasonable TV output, it also has other features that do a good deal to set it apart from the others.


With features like PIP/POP dual channel displays as well as multiple frame channel surfing, the H900 performs functions of a high-end television set. Add to this the built in hardware encoding and the ability to use your PC as a DVR device and you have an outstanding overall multimedia device.


There was a slight amount of ghosting during high action programming like sports, but the overall distortion was very slight and among the better performing pictures that I have seen on A/V products to date.


As far as price is concerned, availability looks to be very limited at this point in time so I can't give an impression on this particular topic. Given the features and picture quality compared to others I've had the pleasure of testing in the past, it wouldn't be out of line to expect a price marking toward the top of the comparable products listings. If it ends up being lower, then move it up even higher on your list of possibilities.


Bottom line... If you've been thinking of adding television functionality to your computer or have been making plans for an HTPC, then do yourself a favor and add the Compro VideoMate H900 to your short list of possibilities. With very good video output and a feature list that is more than just a little impressive, you won't be disappointed with this little gem.


- Pros


Very good picture quality


PIP/POP/multi-frame channel surfing


Hardware encoding


Low profile card


- Cons


Slight ghosting in high-action programs


Rating - 9.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Features Award!



Reviewer's Adendum: After contacting the folks at Compro, it appears this product will have a MSRP of around $115US, so fits very nicely into the pricing range of comparable products. While not the cheapest on the market, it is a good deal lower than many others that have fewer features. Availability is estimated at the end of March.


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