Hauppauge WinTV-MiniStick HD review
Hauppauge’s USB TV tuner brings digital TV reception to your PC or laptop. No delicate aerial adapter is required, and aerial leads plug directly into the end, making for a robust connection. But performance was unimpressive. The mini-aerial struggled in all but the most perfect of conditions, and even a rooftop aerial picked up fewer channels than our reference PCI Express and USB TV tuners. Meanwhile, Hauppauge’s WinTV 7 software is a definite improvement on previous versions, but its ropey EPG and sluggish interface lag behind Microsoft’s Media Center. It’s relatively inexpensive, but it isn’t especially cheerful.