Date: July 7th, 2005
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: ATI <--SHOP FOR AN ATI TV WONDER ELITE
ATI CORPORATE PROFILE
ATI Technologies Inc. is a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative 3D graphics and digital media silicon solutions. An industry pioneer since 1985, ATI is the world's foremost visual processor unit (VPU) provider and is dedicated to deliver leading-edge performance solutions for the full range of PC and Mac desktop and notebook platforms, workstation, set-top and digital television, game console and handheld markets. With 2001 revenues in excess of US $1 billion, ATI has more than 1,900 employees in the Americas, Europe and Asia. ATI common shares trade on NASDAQ (ATYT) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (ATY).
With the home entertainment and computer market coming closer and closer together as the months pass, a lot of consumers are thinking along two trains of thought. One is the Home Theater PC (HTPC) where the computer is brought into the livingroom to allow a more flexible multimedia experience and the perks of having a computer's functionality at their fingertips without having to run to their office or computer room. The second situation is where the consumer wants to do the opposite by bringing their livingroom multimedia functionality actually into their home of office computer. Although productivity may diminish (trust me, I know), some consumers would like the ability to record video, watch TV, listen to their favorite radio station at their workplace or while they are taking a break from their homework. Some people may think that this has to be quite an expensive and complicated product but as you will see in the upcoming pages, complicated has to be the last thing you would ever think about when using this peripheral.
Now although there are other TV options available from ATI, some people may not need or want an All in Wonder videocard if they are not a gamer and don't need a decent gaming solution or if they just purchased a new videocard and are happy. Another option is to purchase some of the other TV capable ATI product like the TV Wonder USB 2.0 for their TV viewing needs but as seen in the review, other than the TV functionality, there isn't a whole lot more that the product does.
What is needed is a plug and play product made to be easy to install and use, have a lot of useful and practical features, and best of all, have it reasonably priced. Stay tuned (pun intended) as I walk you through this interesting product.
PRODUCT OVERVIEW & FEATURES (From ATI)
Highest quality Home Theater TV Experience
Get a high-end home theater system with the flexibility and advanced features only a PC can offer with ATI's TV WONDER™ ELITE. This revolutionary product adds consumer electronics-quality video to your PC for a fraction of the cost of expensive components. Featuring high quality TV and stereo FM radio, TV WONDER™ ELITE delivers full hardware MPEG-2 compression, a 3D comb filter, and advanced noise reduction for advanced Personal Video Recorder capabilities.
TV WONDER™ ELITE is certified by Imaging Science Research Labs Inc.
The Imaging Science Research Labs (ISF RL) certification and logo identify ATI's Media Center Edition-ready products as best-in-class multimedia components, tested and verified to meet a superior level of technical performance, and the approval of the most discerning eye and ear.
Home Theater-Quality Entertainment Experience
ATI's TV WONDER™ ELITE introduces a new era of digital entertainment capabilities to your PC, incorporating ATI's advanced video processing technology found inside many of today's top television displays and home theater components.
The onboard ATI THEATER™ 550 PRO video processor delivers sharper images, truer colors, and more symphonic sound than any other PC-based TV solution.
12-bit analog-to-digital conversion optimizes analog video reception from TV channels or external
video sources. An advanced motion-adaptive 3D comb filter delivers true color and fine picture detail from cable and antenna TV broadcasts, VCRs, and other video sources.
TV WONDER™ ELITE's fully digital audio greatly simplifies installation and setup by requiring no sound card connections. Just install the PCI card and software, connect your TV cable or antenna, and enjoy TV and stereo FM radio.
PVR Playback So Good That It Looks “Live”
Digitally record and play back your favorite programs and movies with TV WONDER™ ELITE's advanced Personal Video Recorder. The TV WONDER™ ELITE frees your CPU for multitasking and timeshifting while recording television programs, so you can watch, pause, and record while working. Hardware-accelerated MPEG encoding and hardware noise reduction with the ATI THEATER™ 550 PRO video processor enables artifact-free video capture to deliver the best possible video quality at full frame rate with synchronized audio. ATI's superior all-hardware MPEG encoding enables more video content to be recorded to a single DVD-R/DVD-RW disk or hard drive while achieving home theater quality.
CyberLink PowerCinema™ - ATI Edition
The included software suite can control TV and FM radio playback at a distance with an easy to use interface. Pause, rewind, and fast forward live TV shows with Always Time Shifting recording, and speed up channel surfing with the 12-station preview. Schedule TV and FM radio for recording, and create dynamic photo slideshows with background music. TV WONDER™ ELITE is compatible with all high quality graphics cards and sub-systems supporting DirectX® overlay, and is ready for Microsoft®'s Windows® XP Media Center Edition. TV WONDER™ ELITE is backed by ATI's technical confidence, industry-leading capability, and an uncompromising commitment to creating your ultimate home entertainment experience.
Control Your Digital World with the Remote Wonder Plus
Gain wireless control of your computer and its applications with the included Remote Wonder™ PLUS. Equipped with increased range, the Remote Wonder™ PLUS eliminates the need to aim – enabling you to operate your computer from another room, even through walls up to 60 feet away! Set-up is easy – just install the software and plug the receiver into a USB port. The Remote Wonder™ PLUS supports the latest operating systems to provide the industry's most versatile and advanced control of your multimedia needs.