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Viewsonic Viewbox Tv Tuner Box For Monitors (Vb50Hrtv)

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  • Watch full-screen high-resolution TV on your LCD or CRT monitor
  • Get up to 125 channels from a cable feed or antenna
  • RF, S-Video, and composite RCA connections to watch DVD, VCR, or video game console
  • Convenient table-top setup and remote control for quick startup and easy use
  • RGB computer pass-through to watch TV or a DVD without turning on your computer

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Item model number: VB50HRTV
  • ASIN: B00005U5RT
  • Date first available at Aug. 19 2009
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Product Description


Consolidate your screens with this clever accessory that transforms your flat-panel LCD or standard CRT monitor into a fully functional higher-definition TV, with cable, video game console, VCR, and DVD connectivity. Forget about having a separate den and office; combine the two and do your computing and your entertainment viewing on the same screen.

The tuner is ready to use right out of the box. Cables and a remote control are included, and the plug-and-play connectivity makes installation a breeze. No additional software drivers are necessary. The 28-key remote control lets you control input sources and display options via the relatively intuitive onscreen menu, making the transition easy for lovers of TV. With resolution up to 1,024 x 768 dpi and 24-bit color, the display is stunning, enhancing television, movies, or video games.

The VB50HRTV provides full-screen viewing; it is not a pop-up viewer. This means that you can't watch television while working on your computer, so devoted multitaskers may find it frustrating. However, you can use the unit without turning your computer on (and without listening to the whir of your computer's fan) while watching movies or playing games.

From the Manufacturer

IE Magazine boasts that the ViewSonic VB50HRTV "is top-notch, and for hardcore gamers [it] will be something that is used every single day." The VB50HRTV turns your LCD or CRT display into a TV or multimedia center with multiple video entertainment connections. You get a full-screen TV viewing experience--no small pop-up viewer. With plug-and-play connectivity, it's easy to hook up favorite extras like a DVD player, VCR, or digital camera. The VB50HRTV comes with everything users need to get started, including cables and a remote control.

Enjoy high-resolution 1,024 x 768 TV at full screen in full 24-bit color. Simply connect the VB50HRTV module to the antenna or cable feed. Connect a DVD, VCR, video game console, or digital camera to the VB50HRTV and enjoy favorite movies or pictures in high resolution. The VB50HRTV provides S-Video, composite (RCA) video connectors, audio pass-through, and associated cables.

The module is a plug-and-play tabletop configuration requiring no software drivers or internal computer installation. A 28-key remote control is supplied for your convenience. Easily switch from TV to computer as well as all other input sources. In addition, you can control contrast, brightness, color, and hue from the remote control and onscreen menu.

With RGB computer pass-through, you can watch TV or enjoy your DVD movie without turning on your computer. The unit automatically tunes all available TV broadcast and cable TV channels. It is compatible with CRT, LCD, plasma, and projection displays and even has a built-in sleep timer that automatically shuts off the display at a set time.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 47 reviews
38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Perfect for Apartment / Dorm Room Feb. 7 2002
By Stephen Yeargin - Published on
Looking to send your teenager away for college, but don't feel like parting with the 27" television? This is a perfect solution if they already have a computer.
For comparison purposes, the other alternative is to purchase a TV tuner card for the computer. However, this substantialy degrades the picture quality and performance of the machine. With the ViewSonic box, your monitor becomes your television, even with the computer turned off.
Overall, this is an inexpensive solution that makes sense. Why haul two large pieces of electronic equipment, when this box combines the two? Now they can save their money, and buy a VGA flat panel monitor, or DVD player!
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Sweet picture - much better than computer TV tuner cards!! April 2 2002
By Darren Burton - Published on
I decided to try the ViewSonic ViewBox after buying a ATI TV tuner card and being dissatistfied with the picture quality. I have also seen other peoples TV tuner cards and the poor quality pictures that they provide. TV tuner cards also have a very loud "static" noise that occurs as you switch between channels. The ViewSonic TV tuner switches between channels quietly, which is very nice.

The box is a very small and sleek unit. It is about nine inches long, 6 inches wide, and less than 2 inches thick. It takes about 3 minutes to hook up to your computer. It hooks directly inbetween your computer monitor and your computer tower. A VGA cable is included, so all you have to do is run your monitor cable to the back of the ViewSonic box to the RGB output, attach the VGA cable that is provided to the RGB input of the ViewSonic box, then to where you normally attach your monitor cable on your computer. Plug in the audio output from your computer, screw on your cable TV coaxial line, plug in the power supply for the ViewSonic tuner and you are ready to go. It couldn't be simpler.

You are also provided with an audio output jack if you want to use different speakers (other than your computer monitor's - if that is the case). There are the standard video and left and right channel RCA jacks to plug in a VCR, and one S-video input to run the signal from a DVD player, Playstation, or X-box to your computer monitor.

This is the perfect component to take that smaller computer monitor that is now collecting dust in the corner of a closet, that you just don't want to throw away and use it as a monitor for the kid's Playstation, X-box, or as a regular TV. The unit has nice sound and comes with a remote for changing channels on the TV tuner and for changing inputs.

You have 4 resolution choices for the TV tuner and other outputs: 640 X 480; 800 X 600; 852 X 480; and 1024 X 768. The TV picture on 1024 X 768 resolution looks as good as my regular TV picture.

I am very pleased with this purchase and think that it is the ideal solution for college students that already have a computer and do not have the space or the money to buy a TV but want to have a TV in their dorm room.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Viewsonic Viewbox rocks Feb. 24 2002
By Noel - Published on
The ViewSonic ViewBox VB50HRTV TV Tuner Box is a very good product at a great price. In my system, a Daewoo 9000 DVD player is connected to the VGA input and a Panasonic S-VHS vcr is connected via S-video. Cable tv is also connected to it. The VGA output of the Viewsonic goes to a 17" computer monitor.
The Viewsonic acts as a line doubler/scaler for vcr and cable signals and passes through the DaewooVGA progressive scan signal without being able to alter it. The picture quality from the Daewoo has a 3D look to it on my computer monitor. The remote controls resolution, refresh rate, and picture controls for the video and cable inputs only.
One drawback is the use of a stereo mini-plug for the VGA input's audio. The S-video/composite input uses a much better set of RCA input jacks for audio. The audio output is a stereo mini-jack which can connected to headphones or to a receiver.
Highly recommended - especially in a bedroom, den, or small office video system.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Double your monitor as a TV Jan. 3 2003
By Meander - Published on
I got this product today and had it up and working inside 10 minutes. Just connect the cables (which are all nicely included), put the batteries (also included) in the remote, and turn it on. It was seriously that simple.
- The picture quality is amazing at 1024 x 768. Just like a regular television.
- Menus are easy to navigate and simple to bring up with the remote.
- Setup is quick and simple.
- All the cables you need are included.
- Even comes with batteries (AAA) for the remote.
- Good instructions with lots of pictures in the manual.
- Channel, Volume and Input buttons on the main box pretty make using the box easy even without the remote.
- Channel and volume buttons are awkwardly located at the top of the remote.
- Can only get to the Menu (for controlling brightness, resolution, etc.) using the remote.
- Can't record video to your PC with this.
The last con really isn't a con since it's part of the product design. But I think more than a couple people might be confused and buy this with the intention of recording TV or VCR tapes into digital MPEGs on their computer. You can't do that with this box.
Overall it's an awesome device. Good picture quality. Easy setup. All parts included. Can't beat that.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Space and money saver for dorms March 9 2002
By Tomo Takebe - Published on
For the first two years of my college life I had to endure watching TV and playing TV games on my 14 inch TV through an RF-input. I had considered getting a PC TV-card but using 320x240 non-native resolution for an LCD screen meant everything was blurred or jaggy.
Compared to the rival product "XGA theater," by Advanced Media Products the ViewBox is both cheaper and has a better quality. It syncs well with LCDs, unlike other products which cannot handle low frequency sync. Sharpness is unmatched, but the colors may need adjustment depending on the monitor you use.
The lack of component I/O sound output is dissapointing, but those who use this product will mostlikely use PC speakers along with their PC monitors. There exists, however, component I/O input which you can use for your VHS/DVD/game systems.
This product is not for people who wish to import video into their PC, but for people who wish to experience high quality video in environments where purchasing/setting up a decent TV monitor is not an option. My remaining 1.5 years of college seem much lively with this new gadget.

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