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Reviewed: ATi All-In-Wonder 9600XT plus ATi HDTV Wonder
Author: Michael Ahlf       Date: February 24th, 2005
Page: 3

Final Breakdown: The All-In-Wonder 9600XT

Installation:

Expect to go straight for the online drivers rather than wasting time with the installation CD, thanks to ATi's monthly updates regimen. If you stick with that, it's easy.

Price:

The 9600XT All-In-Wonder beats its similarly performing predecessor, the All-In-Wonder 9700 Pro, by about $50 currently.

Performance/Features:

OVERDRIVE may be of limited use, but the rest of the card is solidly constructed to work at the resolutions a media box will need to run at.

Overall:

A good gift for children who like the books, but not something I'd recommend buying for yourself.


Final Breakdown: The HDTV Wonder

Installation:

Expect to spend quite some time working out cording and positioning for the HDTV antenna, unless you've already got a decently powerful powered antenna to feed into it.

Price:

At retail of $199, it's a decently expensive board for PVR usage.

Performance/Features:

I'd have been a lot more impressed if the HDTV Wonder had incorporated an option for taking HDTV signals from Cable and Satellite HDTV adapters; leaving that off cuts off too many possibilities.

Overall:

If you're content to just get your HDTV channels over the air and don't mind buying an antenna, I'd suggest getting picking up the HDTV Wonder. Beware the added setup stress.


Added:  Thursday, February 24, 2005
Reviewer:  Michael Ahlf
Score:
Page: 3/3

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