Right after I finished testing the
Digistor, the other two products arrived. Trying to be fair
and balanced, I chose the Transcend unit next, because it
resembled more closely what I had previously tested.
The tuner unit is about 3 times bigger
than Digistorís offering while the remote control remains at
about the same size (it actually looks the same, with some
different coloring and button placement). This tuner is
powered through the USB port instead of using an external
12V source, and itís also controlled through a USB port (so
you will need two). This could be either good or bad
depending on the computer you are working with. In my case
it did turn bad because my laptop only has 1 USB port, if
you have more it can actually help a lot with cable clutter.
is whatís included:
Audio and video connection cables
USB 2.0 cable
Remote controller with batteries
USB to DC jack power cable
WIN DVR 3
Installation of this unit was
effortless, unlike the previous battle I was entrenched in.
The included instruction manual is simple to follow, yet it
also contains additional content to help you with your media
experience. You will also find connectivity tips, and
troubleshooting techniques. The overall quality of this unit
seems top-notch, and I did not experience any speed bumps
The included software is good and will
get the job done, but in my opinion, itís not as good as the
Ulead package. I think the WinDVR suite lags slightly behind
the Ulead software when it comes to PVR functionality. Here
is a look at the interface:
And now for a look at the scheduling
Here is the wizard for adding scheduled
The Transcend package worked very well.
It offers the best owners manual, great support, and is a
polished product. You should not encounter any problems
whatsoever when installing or using this product, and itís
still small enough to carry around in the business bag. The
more I used WinDVR, the more I liked it. Itís user friendly,
and almost keeps up with the suite from rival Ulead.