ice, I asked this same exact question a week or two ago. The responses I got really were not what I was looking for so I am again thinking about going for the 8890 with the internal card rather than the 5680 with the external. I already have too many external components as it is. I mean really, I bought a ton of stuff and now I have no laptop to plug it all into.
upon some research (ill be gettin a tuner in like a month) ive come up with a few links for usb tuners for those interested. Now, if you wish to add more, then please, by all means, do so.
Also, i havent used any of these products, but hopefully someone out there will have had some exp with these tuners.
Check out this site guys: www.tv-cards.com (its gay how u have to FAX a signed application form in order to be a member of the forum) Anyhow, from the review and feedback from this site, Adaptec videOH is the way to go....thats what im plannin on gettin! Hope any of this helps.
You can also look at the Pinnacle PCTV Deluxe. I believe it is one of two (the only one available in US) external TV tuners that uses USB2.0 and can capture/compress in realtime, full frame NTSC videos.
I don't know of any HDTV tuners out on the market, so don't expect one of those!
The PCTV will probably give you the best video quality for an external USB solution. It is the highest resolution. None of the others will go beyond CIF resolution, something like 320x240 while with USB2.0 you can get 720x480.
yes I realised I couldnt fit all that when I ordered it so I had adam remove the tv tuner because I can get a external.
I looked into the PCTV Delux tuner and read a comparison review by cnet on that and the adaptec, and they say they are pretty much the same but for the most part the adaptec had a better picture, because the pinnacle one was kinda dark or something.
anywho like I said.......I still dont see a coaxial input on these in the pictures! I hope they arent just doing it thru VCR or something lol.
I bought a WinTV-USB Model 602 from Circuit City but returned it because I was sending my laptop back to Sony. I was thinking about buying a laptop from Sager with the TV Tuner already built-in. Anyway, I was pleased with the quality of the picture, although it was not as good as a television. I've since bought a 4760 which doesn't have the TV tuner so I'm thinking about buying another model just to see how it compares to the WinTV.