It's hard to start a review of a product from a company that we've seen so much from before. Asus accounting for a large, large number of reviews here at OC3D means we've heard their history and numerous facts a fair few times. So lets focus on the product, the ES2-750/PT/FM/AV/RC TV Card. TV cards have been kicking about for years and years now. Personally I had one installed in the first PC I owned, and have kept one in the family PC ever since. They used to be somewhat of an oddity, people seemed to take it that the PC and TV were two separate household electronics goods.
These days however, with products becoming even more versatile as one box replaces several, it's hardly a surprise to see TV cards being put into more and more PCs. Most of these being aimed at (as you can probably guess) the Home Theatre PC (HTPC) market. Many of the cards implementing Tivo like features and thusly allowing the user to record their favourite shows to a hard drive inside the machine itself. Saving the use of DVDs, CDs or even VHS tapes if you can remember them.
Specifications & Features
These, as normal, will be taken form the manufacturer's (In this case Asus') site. The international version to be precise as the according to Asus' UK site the card doesn't exist.
Nothing much out of the ordinary here. The card uses an AMD chip for it's Audio, Video and channel decoding and an NXP tuner. As you can see it's a PCI-E card conforming to ATX standards. It supports a multitude of operating systems and comes with a healthy bundle list.
And of course the listed key features:
Utilises the PCI-Express port for faster data transmission
Intelligent Image Enhancement
- HDTV Video Quality with 12-bit ADC brings you to the world of live TV
- Intelligent 2D & 3D Comb Filtering technology
- Ultra-high quality video decoder: De-interlace, provides
- ASUS Exclusive Noise Reduction technology
Insert-n-Play with an existing AMD Graphic Card
System install the driver automatically without hassle clicking process as long as your computer possess AMD VGA Card with driver 8.61 Version or later.
All-in-one Multimedia Centre
* Watch analog or digital TV on your PC
* Scheduled recordings and TimeShift supported
* FM radio listening
* Connect camcorders, DVD players and other external video-in devices for video capture
* Edit and burn TV programs on DVD or VCD
* Full function remote controller for easier channel surfing
Some impressive sounding features. The card sounds like it should add perfect TV functionality to your PC. It states that the card will work automatically with an ATI gpu installed, which I for one find quite interesting. The remote is another point that warrants interest, as many 3rd party remotes feel a little out of place when used with a real PC, we'll have too see how this one shapes out.
Next we'll dive in and look at the card itself and the software it's supplied with...