First Look: Hauppauge WinTV-DCR-2650 Dual Digital Cable Tuner
Getting our hands on a new product is always exciting so we thought we would share it with you! We’ve been anxiously awaiting the Hauppauge WinTV-DCR-2650 ever since we first saw the prototype of the CableCARD product at CES. If you haven’t heard by now, the WinTV-DCR-2650 is a dual-cable tuner that connects to a PC via USB–a great option for small form factors or a situation where there’s no free PCIe slot available. It also happens to be the most inexpensive way to gain access to the entire subscription package from a cable provider on a PC with a retail price of $149. Enough about what it is, let’s take a look at it after the break!
In the box, we find an AC/DC adapter, USB cable, driver CD and quick guide along with the WinTV-DCR-2650. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a CableCARD at the ready, but we installed the driver and connected the WinTV-DCR-2650 and watched a little bit of ClearQAM programming using the QuickTV application that SiliconDust HDHomeRun users might be familiar with.
The unit is constructed out of plastic with plenty of ventilation holes and wall-mounting holes that will allow both vertical and horizontal mounting. Dimensions are ~ 7 5/16″ L x 4 1/2″ W (incl. F-connector) x 1 1/4″ H.
Our CableCARD and tuning adapter will be here soon and we’ll get right into testing when they arrive. If you’ve got any comments or questions, leave them below and we’ll try to answer them as best we can.