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Miglia TVMini HD Review

by October 31, 2006
Miglia TVMini HD

Miglia TVMini HD

  • Product Name: TVMini HD
  • Manufacturer: Miglia
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: October 31, 2006 18:00
  • MSRP: $ 199.95

Host Interface: USB 2.0
Host Connector Type: USB A Type
TV Tuner: ATSC, free to air digital TV broadcasts
ClearQAM, Free digital cable TV broadcasts
Resolution: Standard definition (480i), 480p, 720p, 1080i (EDTV/HDTV)
Antenna Connection: Antenna or cable
(for cable broadcasts, check with your provider)
Recording Formats: Unmodified original broadcast stream. Commonly MPEG-2

Power: Powered by USB 2.0 bus. No external power supply is needed
Compatibility:
Mac with USB 2.0 Connectivity
G4/500 or higher, Intel processor
Mac OSX 10.4.x compatible
DualG4, DualG5 or CoreDuo Processor
required for 1080i display
Dimensions:
3.8” x 2.7” x 1.1” (98mm x 68mm x 28mm)
Weight: 10.6 ounces (300g)
Warranty: 2 year warranty

Pros

  • HDTV on your laptop or desktop
  • One-click export to iPod
  • Supports resolutions of up to 1080i
  • Does not modify or reduce quality of digital video stream

Cons

  • Not available for PCs
  • Not compatible with paid digital cable or satellite services
  • Signal is location-dependant (as with all antenna systems)

 

Miglia TVMini HD Introduction

inthebox.jpgIn the small box you will find the TVMini HD HDTV USB 2.0 Device, which is a small, brushed aluminum curvy box about the size of a pack of cigarettes, a CD-ROM with the Eye TV software and PDF guide, a remote control with 2 AAA batteries, a portable TV antenna, a slick little microfiber carry bag for the device, and a white USB 2.0 cable. The device weighs about 4.5 oz, and is aluminum with white plastic finish.

The front panel has a large IR receiver for the remote, and blue light indicators for channel lock and USB. The rear has a USB port and a standard cable TV input. I tested the unit with my laptop, and found it to be very portable and easy to throw in my backpack with my other gear.

About the author:

Over the years J. has constantly found himself to be an "early-adopter," spending way too much money on "new" technologies such as Compact Disc, LaserDisc, and DVD. He is one of the few people who actually purchased (and still owns) a CORE programmable remote control (bonus points if you remember this product).

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