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  Product:     ATI TV Wonder VE Remote Control Edition  
  Price:     $128 (CAN) / $98 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     Canda Computers
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     November 25th, 2003
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Patrick from Canda Computers for providing the ATI TV Wonder VE Remote Control Edition for review.

Introduction:

The popularity of multimedia applications has created a brand new viable market for computer component manufacturers. In the past where a standard PC was used to perform a few simple tasks, today's high performance systems are now considered multi-purpose tools. The same functionality found in consumer electronics can now be adapted to the PC thanks to simple add-on peripheral cards. ATI Technologies Inc based out Markham, Ontario has been a world leader in the design and manfacturer of innovative visual processor solutions. The company is considered a market leader in the graphic industry by providing cutting edge technology for the PC, Macintosh, workstation and notebook markets plus consumer markets including hand-held, set-top box and digital TVs. The company's flagship Radeon series of high performance video cards extends from low, mid and high-end budget solutions. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the ATI TV Wonder VE Remote Control Edition Kit, a product that adds multimedia functionality to a standard PC.

Specifications:

The TV Wonder VE Remote Control Edition Kit is one of many consumer based video card solutions offered by ATI. The product is an all-inclusive kit which allows consumers to capture video, play audio CDs, as well as record TV programs using a simple wireless handhold remote controller. Here are some of the specifications taken directly from the ATI Technologies and Canda Computers websites:

ATI TV Wonder VE Remote Control Edition - Key Specifications
General Device Type: TV / video input adapter
Enclosure: Type Plug-in card
Interface Type: PCI
Compatibility: PC
Video Type: TV tuner
Form Factor: Plug-in card
Interface Type: S-video input, composite video input
Analog Video Format: NTSC
Analog Video Signal: S-Video, composite video
Digital Video Format: MPEG-2
Audio Input Support: Included
Features: Remote control
Expansion / Connectivity Provided Interfaces: 1 x audio - line-in - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm - external 1 x TV antenna - input - external 1 x display / video - S-video input - external
Compatible Slots: 1 x PCI
Connections: 1 x USB - 4 pin USB Type A
Miscellaneous Included Accessories: Remote control
Software / System Requirements OS Required: Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, Microsoft Windows 98/ME, Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP
Min Processor Type: Pentium II
Peripheral / Interface Devices: Sound card, CD-ROM, Speakers
Manufacturer Warranty Service & Support: 3 years warranty
Service & Support: Details Limited warranty - 3 years
 

ATI TV Wonder VE Remote Control
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ATI TV Wonder VE Remote Control
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The ATI TV Wonder VE Remote Control Edition ships in a colourful double wall cardboard box suitable for a store retail display. A product shot is showcased on all sides of the package along with a complete list of specifications and features. Inside the package, the kit was packed in a four piece cardboard insert protected by several smaller protective plastic bags.

ATI TV Wonder VE Remote Control
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ATI TV Wonder VE Remote Control
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The ATI TV Wonder VE Remote Control Edition includes an assortment of smaller items which include the following:
  • 1 x ATI PCI TV Wonder VE Card
  • 1 x ATI Remote Wonder Controller
  • 1 x Audio patch cable
  • 1 x Audio port splitter
  • 1 x USB RF Remote receiver
  • 1 x Package of 4 "AAA" batteries
  • 1 x Driver CD
  • 1 x Warranty Card
  • 2 x Product manuals in English and French
The included product CD contains the ATI TV Wonder VE Remote Control Edition user guide, product drivers and a software application called the ATI Multimedia Center. The ATI Multimedia Center application software allows you to interactivity control the various functions of the TV Wonder VE card using a wireless handheld remote controller. The documentation included in the package is excellent and is provided in both English and French versions. A simple getting started guide includes 21 pages which cover initial installation, warranty information, external connections and troubleshooting. The ATI Remote Wonder documentation provides an 8 step process for installing the remote controller as well as a summary of each button function.
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