ARe there any thin to mainstream laptops with a intergrated TV tuner? Or will I have to go with a desktop replacement? Thanks alot guys
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1/20/05 at 1:35am
Originally Posted by olyteddy
You're better off with a USB tuner. 1 standard (USB) cable to your laptop, instead of a rats nest (typically 3 RCA and a RG-6 Coax or two) hanging from a card that sticks out the side of your laptop a couple of inches. Are you going to watch TV off the air? What will you use for an antenna? I looked at the PCMCIA tuners carefully but for convenience and features bought a Hauppauge Win TV USB2 box. It also has built in MPEG 2 encoding, so I don't have to stop working on other stuff just to watch or record TV.
Originally Posted by urchin
Ok, I have a friend that is going to buy a laptop for college soon-judging from his needs and budget I suggested a cl56 (topic at http://notebookforums.com/showthread...498#post640498). I asked him if he was interested in a TV tuner and the idea of not having to use up valuable dorm space on a TV appealed to him. I don't think he is interested in being able to watch TV outside of his dormroom, so:
1) Which provides better image quality: USB 2.0 or PCMCIA devices?
2) If the connection method isn't what makes the difference, please suggest a model ($100 or less please) with excellent image quality.
3) Does www.mwave.com's cl56 even have a PCMCIA slot? I'm assuming that's what the PC media slot is it lists but I want to be sure.