After a frustrating user experience with Compro’s VideoMate U900, we wanted to see how Diamond Mulitmedia’s ExtremeTV PVR-660 compared. Let’s a take a look at what this little USB device can do.
If cell phone commercials are to be believed, American consumers have an unquenchable thirst for the ability to view video content anytime, anywhere—even if it’s on a screen the size of a matchbook. However, compared to what one might see on the streets of Seoul or the Tokyo subway, the concept has failed to take flight on these shores. Though many of us long for the day when our iPod, digital camera, portable DV player, and mobile phone will be rolled into one easily-pocketable (and properly functioning) device, the laptop remains the most prevalent portable tool for digital convergence (even though you can’t really take a picture with it).
The PVR-660, with its USB 2.0 connectivity, promises to bring media-center functionality previously available only to desktop users to the laptop-toting crowd, providing previously recorded idiot box content at the most crucial of times—say, a cross-country flight, statistics class, or the third management meeting of the day.
The PVR-660 retails for $107.99 at NewEgg.
From the website:
For the past two decades, Diamond Multimedia has been widely recognized as a pioneer in the graphics, sound and communications industries and a key player in launching the multimedia revolution. Through the process of specialization, multimedia companies have become nearly extinct, each concentrating on a few aspects but never again addressing a complete experience. In that time evolution and natural selection has [sic] transformed Diamond into new type of multimedia company, a company that brings all of the differing technologies together under one brand. Partnered with some of the top technology companies in the world and with an in-house team of industry veterans [sic].
The PVR-660 is part of Diamond’s line of internal and external TV tuners. The company also maintains a major partnership with graphics card manufacturer ATI and has offices in California and Belgium.