- Product Dimensions: 39.9 x 27.2 x 7.4 cm ; 1.8 Kg
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 Kg
- Item model number: VB50HRTV
- ASIN: B00005U5RT
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Aug. 19 2009
- Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
- Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
Viewsonic Viewbox Tv Tuner Box For Monitors (Vb50Hrtv)
- 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
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
The one negative is the remote itself. The keypad does not have a very intuitive layout, and it only allows you to scroll through the various inputs. Since I only have two, that means I can't just jump between the TV and my monitor; rather, I have to scroll through the two empty inputs to get from my laptop back to the TV. The onscreen display for adding/removing channels and tagging channels with descriptions is also very clunky.
Overall though, a great product, especially for the price.
The View Sonic tuner works as advertised. It is easy to use. The PC image remains clear and bright. I think my fuzzy X-Box image problems have more to do with the X-Box than the tuner.
(I am revising this review a few days after first posting it. I did purchase and install a Monster Cable GameLink S-Video cable link between the XBox and the ViewSonic Tuner, and this makes a tremendous improvement in the X-Box image on my LCD. So congrats to ViewSonic for a good product, and lets throw a few kudos to Monster Cable as well.)
It did take a while to fine tune the color/contrast/brightness using the boxes onscreen controls and the controls in my monitor. At one point it did look quiet muddy, but a little tweaking got it looking fine for my undiscerning eyes from my TiVo, and really nice on the s-video connector from my DVD player.
The great thing about this box is the flexibility. Want to watch my TiVo on the composite video in with RCA audio, click a button. Want to watch a live sporting event directly on coax, click that button. Want to watch a DVD on the S-video input (with the audio going directly to my dual input speakers), click that button. Want to use the monitor with your computer and hear computer sounds via the mini-jack pass through, click that button. It's very nice. The only thing I could ask for is another pair of RCA audio inputs for my DVD player.
So, if you're sick of booting your "TV," buy this box.
I switched the dvd player hook-up to the s-video jack on the tv tuner box. It was now like looking through a freshly cleaned window at a live action scene, not watching a video image!! It's that sharp!! I've built a home theater around this set-up. I only subtracted a star for the fact that the tv tuner box seems to be affected by that...Macrovision signal, causing the image to cycle between full brightness and a slightly darker image. This is much more noticeable on a large screen and not a smaller computer monitor. Overall a really great product!