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Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-850 USB TV Tuner

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Product Highlights
  • ATSC
  • NTSC

The WinTV-HVR-850 USB TV Tuner from Hauppauge is an external USB TV tuner for Windows systems. It can handle analog NTSC signals, as well as digital ATSC signals, which are often broadcast in 1080i HD.

Tunes analog SD (NTSC) and digital HD (ATSC) TV signals
USB 2.0 interface
Portable antenna is included
PVR software for Windows is included
Device Type USB 2.0
AV Formats
Video System ATSC, NTSC
Video Formats SD, HD
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Audio Formats Stereo
Tuner
TV NTSC
FM None
DTV ATSC
TV Options
Time Shift Yes
Closed Caption Support No
Channel Preview No
Connectors
TV Input 1x RF
Video None
Audio None
General
Agency Certifications FCC
System Requirements Computer: 2.2GHz Pentium 4 or 1.8GHz Centrino; 2.8GHz Pentium 4 or Core Duo for analog recording with MPEG-2
Operating System: Windows XP SP2, Vista
Memory: 64MB
Hardware: USB 2.0, CD-ROM drive
Dimensions (WxHxD) Not Specified by Manufacturer
Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-850 USB TV Tuner
  • USB Extension Cable
  • Antenna
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    HauppaugeWinTV-HVR-850 USB TV Tuner
     
    4.0

    (based on 13 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    85%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to install (12)
    • Easy to use (9)
    • Reliable (7)
    • Quality output (5)
    • Good graphics quality (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday (11)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual user (9), Power user (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (7)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great TV Tuner

      I use this everyday and use it as my DVR. I don't use it's software as it lags but I use Windows Media Center, and works really great with that. Guide looks up...Read complete review

      I use this everyday and use it as my DVR. I don't use it's software as it lags but I use Windows Media Center, and works really great with that. Guide looks up to 2 weeks in advance so you can schedule a recording in advance. I have it connected to cable, you can buy this one as this one should be cheaper than the 950q, just update the drivers so it can grab the digital channels as of the change the old drivers would not pick up channels until the update. Bought this on 2008 black friday for [$]and was the last one. On performance, it performes really good, have not missed a program with this tuner, picks up all the cable channels and no lags.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good Produce

      This TV Tuner is a good addition for a laptop computer, especially for emergency use during power outages. It works as advertised. The only downside is the software...it could be more...Read complete review

      This TV Tuner is a good addition for a laptop computer, especially for emergency use during power outages. It works as advertised. The only downside is the software...it could be more user friendly. Also, the program freezes up at times when trying to change channels.

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      5.0

      Excellent TV Tuner

      By Chucko

      from Milwaukee, WI

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Easy To Use
      • Good Graphics Quality
      • Reliable Performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use

        Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-850 USB TV Tuner:

        I use this TV tuner with an old antenna and I get all the local HD and SD channels in perfect clarity. The usb extension was useful because otherwise the tuner would have used up another USB slot due to its width. I use Windows Media Center with this unit and its works great to record any show.

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        5.0

        from PC to TV

        By Babsy

        from San Antonio

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use

          Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-850 USB TV Tuner:

          Easy to install, then you can record TV show, edit etc.. see TV on your PC.
          One does all in kids rooms.

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          4.0

          It works... Nice tuner

          By The Expendable

          from Richmond, IN

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Easy To Use
          • Good Graphics Quality

          Cons

          • Gets quite warm
          • Small antenna is no good

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use

          Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-850 USB TV Tuner:

          This tuner is easy to install and use when you use Windows Media Center. Detecting the signal and channels takes a little time, but nothing I would complain to much about. The little antenna that comes with the tuner does little of nothing for me where I live, so make sure you have a cable connection or an outside antenna that's tall enough to pick up stations. I live an hour from a broadcast channel and couldn't pick it up. The picture on my laptop is excellent. I did not try to use the software that came with the tuner except to install the drivers.

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          5.0

          verry useful

          By Daniel

          from Tucson, AZ

          About Me Gamer, Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Easy To Use
          • Good Graphics Quality
          • Reliable Performance

          Cons

          • NONE

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Gaming

          Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-850 USB TV Tuner:

          I use it almost everyday to watch tv while i game.
          The antana it comes with is very effective for its size and works as good as large rabbit ear type.
          nothing bad i can say about it everything works great.

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          5.0

          Win TV HVR-850 TV tuner

          By Achilles

          from PGH, PA

          About Me Casual User, Cinephile

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Easy To Use
          • Good Graphics Quality
          • Reliable Performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use

            Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-850 USB TV Tuner:

            When I started to investigate getting one of these I could have gotten another model, an another brand but that would've been a mistake this is a wonderful unit. I thought I might have a problem, but nooooo way, it fired up and I have been happy ever since. So if you're looking to be able to watch TV where ever you take your laptop then the Hauppauge Win TV-HVR-850 is the one, I might just get the next model up for my other unit.

            OMH

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            4.0

            Works well

            By Lard

            from Chattanooga

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Easy To Use
            • Reliable Performance

            Cons

            • Analog channels only
            • Poor Graphics Quality

            Best Uses

            • Recording series

            Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-850 USB TV Tuner:

            I've got basic cable as in about 10 channels provided by Comcast. The tuner brings in the analog channels fine and I have recorded some programs using MS Media Center. The digital versions of the same channels did not tune in but I'm happy with the results anyway.

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            2.0

            HVR-850 with Dell Mini 9

            By Intimidator 3

            from Camanche, Iowa

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Unreliable Performance

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use

              Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-850 USB TV Tuner:

              Worked better with Digital ATSC off-air than analog cable in my area. Jerky performance. Must have a CD-ROM to install. May improve with a better processor. Can't recommend with this setup for casual user.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              4.0

              Impressive

              By kawabungadude305

              from Miami, FL

              About Me Casual User

              Pros

              • Easy To Install
              • Easy To Use
              • Quality Output

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use

                Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-850 USB TV Tuner:

                I bought the device to view tv while camping with my kids in the florida keys. So far, works amazingly good (bought it two days ago). Crystal clear HD quality video off of the "air" with the use of it's included antenna; however, the slightest movement of the antenna will disrupt the image. For the price, the unit is pretty well thought out. I do have computer locking up issues but have noticed that most of that takes place when the signal is low; so, I move the antenna around and it works!

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                4.0

                Easy setup - worked right out of the box

                By Bryan

                from Wilmington, NC

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Easy To Use
                • Quality Output
                • Reliable Performance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use

                  Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-850 USB TV Tuner:

                  Very simple setup - I didn't even use the CD - I let Windows find driver. I use this with Windows Media Center (Vista).

                  Not so great - you might need a more robust antenna depending on your situation.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  A handful of digital Hi-Def

                  By ol' pedaler

                  from Jackson, WI

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Quality Output
                  • Reliable Performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use

                    Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-850 USB TV Tuner:

                    As is my custom I hooked the thumb-size tuner to my lap-top and home made antenna before reading the instructions and the darn thing worked. I receive most local stations even tho I'm over twenty miles from them. Well pleased!

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    1.0

                    poor reception

                    By KevinL

                    from Boston, MA

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install

                    Cons

                    • Poor Output Quality

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-850 USB TV Tuner:

                      Didn't work very well for me. I couldn't receive any over the air tv stations with this product. The company said that I needed to get a better antenna than the one that came with this product. That doesn't make sense to me.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      Great TV Tuner

                      By lmanlo

                      from Houston, TX

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Install
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Quality Output
                      • Reliable Performance

                      Cons

                      • Doesn't include AV Cable

                      Best Uses

                      • DVR
                      • Everyday use
                      • Multimedia

                      Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-850 USB TV Tuner:

                      I use this everyday and use it as my DVR. I don't use it's software as it lags but I use Windows Media Center, and works really great with that. Guide looks up to 2 weeks in advance so you can schedule a recording in advance. I have it connected to cable, you can buy this one as this one should be cheaper than the 950q, just update the drivers so it can grab the digital channels as of the change the old drivers would not pick up channels until the update. Bought this on 2008 black friday for [$]and was the last one. On performance, it performes really good, have not missed a program with this tuner, picks up all the cable channels and no lags.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

                      Share this review

                       
                      3.0

                      Good Produce

                      By Rod

                      from Cocoa Beach, FL

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Install
                      • Quality Output

                      Cons

                      • Difficult To Use
                      • Unreliable Performance

                      Best Uses

                      • Emergency use
                      • Everyday use

                      Comments about Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-850 USB TV Tuner:

                      This TV Tuner is a good addition for a laptop computer, especially for emergency use during power outages. It works as advertised. The only downside is the software...it could be more user friendly. Also, the program freezes up at times when trying to change channels.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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