Dongle promises to turn laptop into DVR

Finally, a USB device that makes sense.

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OK, we admit to being somewhat harsh at times on USB keys and sticks, especially when they appear to be getting too big for their gold-plated britches . But our beef mostly has been with their necessity, or lack thereof.

None of that would apply to AMD's latest invention if it does just half the things the company says it can do. The "ATI TV Wonder 600" USB dongle promises to turn your laptop into a DVR, even for high-definition stuff, and you can do even more with AMD's new PC card for desktops. As CrunchGear notes, both come with their own remotes and will even record from a VCR if you're still living in the Dark Ages.

All this and not even a single Swarovski crystal in sight. Amazing.

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