It's a fact that many good things come on a stick, which includes the WinTV-HVR-950. It's a surprisingly effective USB device that delivers broadcast HD and analog cable television to laptops, with the added bonus of full PVR functionality.
Today's laptops are rapidly acquiring faster processors and beefier graphics cards, making it possible to process more multimedia and have it look great on your mobile display. However, getting the content delivered to your laptop is still a major obstacle in being able to use your mobile solution for more multimedia functionality. Hauppauge is hoping to hurdle that obstacle with its WinTV-HVR-950, which brings broadcast and cable TV to your laptop. PCI cards in desktops have provided a cable TV input for some time, but the options for a laptop are understandably more limited. We've evaluated two devices somewhat similar to this one, the Compro VideoMate U900 and the Diamond PVR-660, but the Hauppauge is the first one we’ve tested that delivers broadcast HD in such a small, portable package.
This small device, shaped much like a large USB Flash drive, plugs into a USB 2.0 port and connects your laptop or desktop to a standard cable RF connector, allowing you to connect to cable TV or to the included antenna.
We tested the WinTV on an ASUS Z96J widescreen laptop, with a 2.16GHz Core Duo T2600, which seemed to meet the hardware requirements on the box and on the Hauppauge website, and we experienced no hardware problems during testing.