Model Name: Digital USB Freeview Receiver
Category: Computing › TV Tuners
Build Quality: 3/10
Value For Money: 3/10
Personal Rating: 5/10
Date of Review: 11/12/2007
Now, I know what you're thinking. The picture above showing the Freecom USB Receiver doesn't look very nice. The reason for this will be explained.
I live in the UK, and if you are a resident of the UK you'll be aware that 'Freeview' (digital TV), is soon to replace the old analogue transmissions. Now, at the time I already has Sky as well as Freeviews on other TVs. The idea however, of using a tiny (and it is tiny) USB dongle to view digital quality television on the move, anywhere, using my laptop, was a brilliant thought.
Great! But unfortunately it just isn't that simple. For you see, the ultimate flaw about this item, is that it just does not work. For you see, in order to maintain a good quality analogue signal, my uncle told me, the freeview broadcast is only at around 10% or so of it's maximum capacity. This means that, unless you have a good quality aerial in your loft, you're simply not going to get reception with this thing.
Ok, so possibly I should have known what I was getting myself in to? Well, on the box, a picture depicts a laptop with this USB dongle plugged into, giving off the impression that this would truly be on the move wireless television. No.
Don't be fooled by this product image, the Freecom receiver is a very aesthetically pleasing, the box, and all it's components create a sense of quality. Unfortunately, this makes the sudden realisation of not receiving any signal all the greater. I was, and I'm sure that others felt similar to me, expecting to plug in this device, boot the CD and off I went. No - it just simply doesn't happen.
Freecom are a predominantly Hard drive company, and I strongly urge them to make a serious consideration before 'jumping in' and producing such a kit that gives their company a bad name,
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