|ASUS My Cinema-U3100Mini HDTV Tuner|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Accessories|
|Written by Mathew Thompson - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 15 January 2009|
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Closer Look: ASUS My Cinema
The ASUS My Cinema U3100Mini, at its core, is just a USB stick. The USB connector is covered by a magnetically attached piece. On the opposite side, a small port allows the connection for the TV input. The box set contains two connectors for the port: A small antenna and an adapter to a traditional coaxial port. The entire device is slightly heavier than a typical USB flash drive.
The antenna, itself, is telescopic and extends from 6" to a little over 12". The cable length is a little less than 5 feet long. The antenna has a magnetic base that for attaching either to computer cases or other metallic surfaces. The antenna can unscrew off of the magnetic base and can screw on to an included suction cup base.
When in use, a green LED light shines showing a consistent connection. When the antenna is not picking up a strong or consistent signal, the green light will flash. When not in use, the light turns off.
The coaxial connection has a wire that is about 1.5" long. The port allows a connection either to a larger antenna that you may already own or a cable connection for QAM reception.
The package also comes with two CDs a booklet and a card indicating that the TV adapter is compatible with the Eee PC. The CDs contain the drivers for the adapter as well as ArcSoft TotalMedia 3.5.
The included instruction booklet contains instructions in 15 languages. Unfortunately none apply directly to the Tuner itself. Instructions are available for download on ASUS's website for the My Cinema series which are a bit more descriptive, but are still for the entire series and don't offer much more information.