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Compro Announces W800F External Tuner


Compro Announces W800F External Tuner

If you're of the persuasion whereby you want to use your PC monitor as your TV too, Compro's forthcoming W800F may be right up your street. It's not exactly a glamorous device, but it packs a fairly decent spec which should be enough for its target audience.

The W800F packs a DVB-T tuner (read: Freeview) and the ability to play video content in MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 formats from a USB drive. The tuner also supports Picture in Picture in addition to the pausing of live TV - as offered many such devices.

Adding to the mix the W800F offers Composite and S-Video inputs for passing standard definition sourced through to a monitor, in addition to a Component input accepting up to 1080i sources. Output support comes via VGA, with resolutions up to 1,920 x 1,200.

The W800F will be available to buy from the end of February if you're so inclined.


Compro W800F product page.


February 17, 2009, 10:49 pm

Not sure about this one. Surely if you already have a computer monitor then you already have a computer attached to it? If you do, the addition of a &#16330 - &#16360 TV tuner will allow you to use Windows Media Centre to watch and record your TV (assuming you have a capable version of Windows). Media Centre is much maligned, but surely it's a far more capable alternative?


February 17, 2009, 11:19 pm

Yes, I also can't see the advantages of this over a USB or PCI TV tuner connected to your computer. Anyone care to offer some?


February 17, 2009, 11:22 pm

I think the idea is that you don't have to switch your PC on though. I'll know more when the sample arrives in the office.


February 17, 2009, 11:33 pm

Indeed, Riyad is right, I had a similar product, although not quite as fancy and it allows you to watch TV on your screen without turning on your PC. As there's no cooling fan they're quiet and they draw a lot less power than a PC. It would also allow you to connect a console to a computer screen if the console doesn't have D-sub connectivity or the display lacks other inputs than D-sub or DVI.


February 18, 2009, 12:05 am

Would the remote control work for volume or fast forwarding DVD's on your PC?

mr dog

February 18, 2009, 3:05 pm

does it do both? i mean recording to a PC if it connected to one and standard Freeview box if it isn't?

that would be good


February 18, 2009, 5:41 pm

I can see that not having to switch on your PC might be useful for some people who use their monitor as a TV (read: students), but how many would spend the money on this instead of a PC tuner? Quite a narrow market they're going for here I think. If it's dirt cheap they could be onto something though.

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