ATi TV Wonder VE Remote Edition

Review

posted 7/8/2003 by John Yan
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Installation was easy as you just needed to install the card into a free PCI slot, install the drivers, and connect the cords. Once that is setup you should have a working TV on your computer with a few settings adjustments. The card is pretty small and won’t take up much room in your case.

As a regular TV tuner card, the TV Wonder VE gives you all the basic options needed for TV on your computer. Multimedia Center 7.9 is available on ATi’s website when you click on search for driver for the TV Wonder VE Remote Edition. It doesn’t have some of the cool features of the latest Multimedia Center but it’ll give you all the necessary tools to watch and record.



Since I had another ATi All-in-Wonder card, I decided to test out the multView feature by pairing it up with the All-in-Winder 8500. Picture quality is in line with the All-in-Wonder cards that I’m used to. That’s to say that it’s really good. Of course it’s dependant also on the signal quality of your cable. Comparing the All-in-Wonder cards and the TV Wonder VE I couldn’t tell any difference and they both give a good picture quality. When you activate multView, you can record one show and watch another at the same time. I was able to easily switch between the two and watching on the multView window didn’t disturb the recording. Functions in the multView window are pretty limited with only channel changing, volume changing, and swapping channels with the primary video device. When you focus on one of the TV windows, the audio will change to that specific program. You’ll need two inputs on your audio card to handle the two audio input streams. With the Hercules Game Theater XP card, I was able to easily hook up the two cards to different audio inputs. For some reason, my Remote Wonder software wouldn’t allow me to configure some of the buttons to control multView commands. When I adjusted the command and tried it in full TV mode, the upper right corner produced an Eazylook icon of a button with a minus sign in it. When I switched one of the program buttons back to its original command, it worked fine. I did a pretty clean install of the system and the Remote Wonder function programming for multView didn’t work. There were also a few other commands on the list that didn’t take either so I don’t know what the problem was. Other than the Remote Wonder issue, I didn’t have any problems enabling multView and watching different channels along with switching back and forth.

Now if you're looking for a no frills TV card with a remote, then the TV Wonder VE Remote Control Edition is a nice pick up. It'll give you TV on your PC along with some good features with Multimedia Center at a very reasonable price. You’ll still need another video card with a TV out if you want to output to a TV though. But if you just want TV for your PC then this card will do you just fine. multView works as advertised with this card and another All-in-Wonder card. For more those who want more inputs and stereo broadcasts, you're going to have to look somewhere else. Otherwise, the TV Wonder VE Remote Control Edition are good buys for non-enthusiasts. It’s not too expensive and you do receive a card along with a very good remote.



B-
Works as advertised, the TV Wonder VE Remote Edition gives you all that you need for TV and control without using a mouse and keyboard. It's only in Mono though. Works great with another All-in-Wonder card for picture-in-picture and viewing another channel while recording another at the same time.


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