ATI TV Wonder Elite review: ATI TV Wonder Elite

Bundled in the box are S-Video and component cables, an FM antenna, and an ATI Remote Wonder Plus remote control and USB IR receiver. The card also comes with a CD containing ATI's Catalyst drivers, an online manual, and Cyberlink's PowerCinema 3, a program that can control your media collection, from recording TV programs to music, photo, and video files. The card also works with front ends such as Windows XP Media Center Edition , but if you built your Media Center OS system rather than buying it new, you might need DVD decoder software. Having a basic DVD playing program like PowerDVD on your system will solve this problem. If you're one of the few people who don't have the right decoder, Microsoft explains the process on its Web site.

On one test system, we had to update our system BIOS to install the card, on another it installed easily without a BIOS update. Once installed, we loaded the drivers and software and ran the TV setup wizard, which went smoothly. Image quality was impressive when watching live TV, compared to other TV tuner cards.

Scrolling text was clear and easy to read. The picture was bright and colors were vivid, although with traces of softness. We wish the tuner handled channel changes more quickly, but we'll take image quality over quick channel surfing every time. The Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150 had less lag, but its image quality was not as good.

In our direct-signal tests using a set-top DVD player and the S-Video port, the TV Wonder Elite displayed high detail video without a trace of artifacts or flicker, with video and audio perfectly in sync. Recorded TV programs were clean, but video recorded from a DVD was not as sharp as the direct signal.

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ATI TV Wonder Elite

Part Number: 100-703205 Released: Jan 6, 2005
MSRP: $89.00 Low Price: $87.33 See all prices

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  • Release date Jan 6, 2005
  • Interface Type PCI