ATI's goal is to offer a complete HDTV solution for an MSRP of $199. The package will include the HDTV Wonder, a Remote Wonder and a yet to be determined antenna. Throw in a potent Multimedia Center 9 and you have the makings for a sweet HDTV experience. To get the full experience of the card, users will need to use it in conjunction with an ATI graphics card to take advantage of such features as ThruView and Video Desktop, but the card will work with other DirectX 9 compatible OEM products otherwise.
While we did note some shortcomings in the Multimedia Center 9, particularly with the Media Library interface, the overall package was complete. The EAZYLOOK/EAZYLAUNCH combination offered an easy to understand interface for managing the software with the Remote Wonder included in the bundle and the ability to record and burn was an added benefit, albeit awkward.
In the end, if you are looking for a complete, affordable HDTV experience, the HDTV Wonder fits the bill, covering all of the bases in a single package. With the ability to capture free HDTV signal and provide standard TV capability, the HDTV Wonder is a compelling solution. Being their first HDTV offering, we were impressed and truly look forward to seeing the HDTV Wonder line evolve as the merging of TV and PC continues to move forward. For $199, the HDTV Wonder delivers the goods at a fair price point that should surely tempt a lot of users. Look for it to hit store shelves around mid-July.
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