Leadtek WinFast TV2000 XP Expert

Review

posted 4/28/2004 by Charlie Sinhaseni
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Our usual hardware guru, John Yan, has been overburdened as of late so I volunteered to handle this review for him. This means that you won’t get as quite an in-depth review but let’s be honest here, who cares about non-sensical figures such as noise to decibel ratios and other such nonsense? In fact, one might say that I’m keepin’ it real for all of us “normies” out there.

Leadtek has been producing some rather stellar cards as of late but sadly I’m not talking about those beauties today. Instead I’ll be guiding you through the ups and downs of the WinFast TV 2000/XP Expert which has an excellent set of features that should be more than enough for both the hardcore and average consumer.

In my setup I have an Ati All-in-Wonder Radeon 9700 Pro so I know a thing or two when it comes to picture quality. I’m a huge audio/visual guy so I tend to notice minor nuances and problems with images that others might not see. Seeing as how the AIW retails for about $300 (in the $200s now if you’re smart) I couldn’t imagine a sub-$100 card being able to replicate the same image, and I was right. Leadtek’s card doesn’t provide as sharp or as smooth of an image as Ati’s card but it does offer up a rather stellar image.

John went over the majority of the software and the bundle in his review of the USB version of the card so I’ll refrain from treading over the same territory. Instead I’ll make a few comments that I noticed during my time with the products. The remote is pretty standard fare and doesn’t really do too much for me. Ati’s remote has a sleek look to it that doesn’t look too out of place in a modern day home theatre. Leadtek’s remote looks generic, kind of like something that you would expect to receive with a late 90s boom box. What is nice about it though is the ‘boss’ button which allows you to hide the viewing window when a superior is nearby.

Like the USB variant the card comes bundled with Ulead VideoStudio and Ulead DVD Movie Factory. These are for more of the niche owner who wants to burn and edit movies onto DVDs. I appreciated their inclusion as it provided me with a relatively intuitive means for removing commercials out of my Simpsons recordings.

For this review I tested out the unit with the TV antenna, a PS2 with the standard composite hookups and an Xbox with the standard composite and S-Video hookups. Since this is a TV card I’m assuming that most of the potential buyers will be looking into it as an alternative means for finding their TV fix. With that in mind we begin with the antenna first.
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