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This review is from: Hauppauge HD PVR Gaming Edition - Record from your Xbox, Wii or PS3 in High Definition -Upload your game session online (Personal Computers)
This seems to be the de facto standard on the market for recording video gaming in HD, which was the reason I decided to get one. I went for the gaming edition as the cost was only slightly more than the standard version and it comes with a component cable with plugs for the PS3/ Xbox 360. If you already have component cables for your consoles(s) then there will be no real benefit to buying this version other than the alternate colour scheme of all black/ green light. Inside the box in addition to the device itself is the aforementioned cable, a heavy duty component cable for input to your TV, the power adapter, user guide and a CD containing the capture software and drivers. It's very small so should sit comfortably wherever you decide to put it.
It's very simple to get started, just connect the component cable from your console to the input on the PVR, then attach the heavy cable from the PVR to your TV, and hook the USB from the PVR to your PC. Installing the drivers is just a case of plugging in the USB cable and then running the CD, then you can install the capture software, Arcsoft Showbiz. This is what you run on your PC to save the video down into a file you can edit and is very simple to use, although I would recommend getting some additional software to edit and encode your videos later (I'm using AVS Video Editor which is pretty easy to use and supports the M2TS files that the PVR can output). On Windows 7 64bit everything installed without any issues. Power is required on the device even when not recording if you want to use the console while the PVR is hooked up - just something to bear in mind as it pretty much means it will require a permanent power socket. Another thing to note is that the USB cable is quite short, probably 0.5m, so if you're not using a laptop you will need to take this into consideration. I use one so I can just move it closer when recording and unplug afterwards. The laptop is a fairly new Core i5, but actually capturing footage doesn't seem to require much power so I'm pretty sure more modest specs will be fine, although processing your edited videos will definitely benefit from a higher spec, especially on the CPU.
When you're ready to start capturing you just click the button in Arcsoft and the green light on top of the PVR will light to tell you it is running, and you will see the audio/ video on your PC, albeit with a 1 second delay - importantly though, there's no delay from the pass-through to your TV so your gaming will be unaffected. Picture quality is excellent and obviously you can tweak this with bitrates etc if filesize is an issue. I record directly to an external USB drive without issue which allows me to move the recordings around easily as the files can get pretty big, I'm seeing files around 750mb per 10 minutes or so of footage at a fairly high bitrate.
Can't fault it.