Plextor ConvertX DVR for Macintosh Computers (Model PX-TV402U-NA/MAC)

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Plextor ConvertX DVR for Macintosh Computers (Model PX-TV402U-NA/MAC)

Plextor ConvertX DVR for Macintosh Computers (Model PX-TV402U-NA/MAC)

  • Watch, pause, and record live TV right from your Macintosh computer
  • Converts analog video and audio to a range of formats, including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4
  • Edit video files on your computer, then archive to VCD or DVD (recording requires a CD or DVD burner, sold separately)
  • High-speed USB 2.0 interface, includes all necessary hookup cables
  • Measures 7.2 x 1.3 x 6.1 inches (W x H x D)

Plextor ConvertX PVR for Mac – USB – NTSC, PAL, SECAM Plextor’s ConvertX PX-TV402U-NA/MAC is a hardware-based, real-time digital video converter and editing device for Macintosh personal computers. Easy to hook up and use, the ConvertX lets you capture video and audio from a range of sources, including antenna and cable TV, camcorders, VCRs, DVD players, and satellite receivers. The compact unit automatically converts an analog video source to your choice of digital format, then sends it on to your hard drive via high-speed USB 2.0 for your subsequent storage, editing, authoring, and recording to CD or DVD, as your associated equipment allows. ConvertX offers support for a variety of MPEG video/audio compression standards–including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and the latest MPEG-4 technology. Your only limitation is your available hard drive space (a higher bit rate means higher quality but larger file sizes; a lower bit rate means smaller file sizes but lower quality). Use your choice of formats

List Price: $ 209.94

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Logitech 915-000162 Harmony 700 Rechargeable Remote with Color Screen (Black)

Logitech 915-000162 Harmony 700 Rechargeable Remote with Color Screen (Black)

  • Rechargeable design keeps your remote charged and ready for up to a week – no batteries to buy or replace
  • Brilliant color screen displays favorite-channel icons and commands for easy selection
  • One-touch activity buttons automatically turn on all the right devices for instant access to TV, DVDs, music and more
  • Replaces multiple remotes with universal control of up to 6 different components
  • Supports virtually any home-entertainment component, including over 250,000 devices from over 5,000 brands

Logitech Harmony 700 is the rechargeable remote that’s simple to set up and use. It can go a week between charges, so you won’t be looking for batteries when you want to watch TV. Its color screen can show icons for your favorite channels as well as the commands you need for the devices you’re using. And its one-click activity buttons automatically turn on the right components and select the right settings depending on what you want to do. It replaces six other remotes and supports 5000+ brands and 225,000+ devices, so you can be confident it will work with what you own today, and the things you’ll add in the future.

List Price: $ 119.99

Price: $ 139.00

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6 thoughts on “Plextor ConvertX DVR for Macintosh Computers (Model PX-TV402U-NA/MAC)

  1. 17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Very basic, but too many problems for video pros, August 7, 2005
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    This review is from: Plextor ConvertX DVR for Macintosh Computers (Model PX-TV402U-NA/MAC) (Electronics)

    I cannot rate ConvertX for the Mac any higher than 3 stars, because there are problems with the device. To Plextor’s credit, I will say that it is the most affordable PVR for the Mac that compresses video in real-time. The only other Mac-compatible PVR’s (El Gato’s EyeTV200 and Miglia’s Evolution PVR) can cost well over $200. Everything else that’s cheaper either cannot timeshift recordings, doesn’t contain a channel tuner, or cannot convert video to MPEG-2 on the fly.

    While ConvertX provides timeshifting, TV tuning & real-time compression, it suffers from unimpressive picture & sound quality. The visuals are compromised by artefacts, even at the highest bitrates. The picture can get blocky in the frames just prior to a change in scenes or shots. (A big no-no.) Also, the picture’s stability is affected momentarily by flash frames, sudden changes from light to dark, and the kind of fast-paced editing you see in film trailers & Hollywood action flicks; the picture seems to jump an inch down the screen and back up again, as if your cable signal was suffering from hiccups.

    The PVR records the audio at a noticeably lower volume than in other converters I’ve seen, like ADS’ USB Instant DVD for Mac. With Plextor’s unit, I can max out every volume control on my Mac, and I still cannot hear the audio clearly. This summer, I have a fan operating at the lowest speed in my computer room, and it is a strain to hear the PVR recordings on my Mac. By comparison, the USB Instant DVD produces a fine, loud audio signal, even when my Mac’s volume isn’t all the way up.

    With regards to bitrates, you can use it with reliably with USB1.1; while you won’t get a bitrate much better than 4.0Mb/s without USB2.0, that will be sufficient for recording almost 2 hours of DVD-quality footage for a single-layer DVD-R. I do wish that the unit could export the videos into M2V and AIFF formats like Quicktime Pro does. My audio software of choice (Peak Express by Bias) cannot recognize the audio files produced by Plextor’s PVR, which leaves me unable to increase the gain on the sound files without transcoding the audio up into AIFF through a tedious workaround using iTunes. Also, Plextor’s PVR seems to export audio in a compresed MPEG format, rather than in an uncompressed AIFF (again, like USB Instant DVD does, and it does it at USB 1.1 speeds. Why can’t Plextor do the same?!)

    I will say that if you desperately need a PVR device that can timeshift, then Plextor’s device is the most economical choice available for the Mac platform. However, if I knew then what I know now, I would have saved my pennies and tried out either the EyeTV200 or Miglia’s Evolution PVR. Buy only if $200 is the most you can spend.

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  2. 8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Easy and Reliable, September 17, 2005
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    Marina Q. Jackson “marinaq” (New York, NY) –
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    This review is from: Plextor ConvertX DVR for Macintosh Computers (Model PX-TV402U-NA/MAC) (Electronics)

    I’ve used a few TV tuner/recorders for the PC (ATI PCI and USB TV Wonder and Pinnacle’s USB TV Tuner) but this one for the Mac is much easier to set up out of the box to program and record events. Nice feature: the tuner powers off when your computer is off (unlike my USB Pinnacle for the PC, which died, I think, because it never turned off) so you don’t need to worry about unplugging it. The EyeTV software seems a little stripped-down compared to my PC ATI software, but everything works and Titan TV recognizes Time Warner Cable in my area, which the ATI’s bundle did not. Overall, I am more than satisfied and highly recommend this product to all!

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  3. 7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best product for the price- MPEG4/Divx encoder, great EyeTV software, July 27, 2006
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    Stephen Lang “madmaxmedia” (Woodland Hills, CA United States) –
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    This review is from: Plextor ConvertX DVR for Macintosh Computers (Model PX-TV402U-NA/MAC) (Electronics)

    I looked at all the other products in the $200 price range, and this is the only Mac product I found that has a hardware MPEG4/Divx encoder (in addition to MPEG1 and MPEG2 formats as well.) This means that the Plextor unit does all the heavy lifting when recording shows, so it doesn’t drag your Mac down to watch or record live TV.

    There are different quality options to choose from depending on how much space you want to take up, and you can also customize your recording options. The program also hooks into Titanium Toast, so you can instantly burn your recorded shows to DVD.

    It uses the excellent EyeTV software, which is a snap to set up and use. Free program information is provided via the […].

    The Plextor unit is also very versatile with cable, RCA, and S-Video inputs. The only thing it can’t handle is HDTV and higher cable channels- I think it goes up to 99.

    It is also a very attractive unit that does not take up too much space. It uses USB 2 but is also USB 1 compatible. If your computer only has a USB 1 connection, keep in mind that you won’t be able to record at highest bitrates (still enough to get good functionality from the unit.)

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  4. 102 of 106 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    One word: EXCELLENT, December 29, 2011
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    Syed Ali
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    This review is from: Logitech 915-000162 Harmony 700 Rechargeable Remote with Color Screen (Black) (Electronics)

    I purchased this item on black Friday sale last month at amazon. It was my first Logitech Harmony universal remote.

    Let me say that I have not even a single complaint with this item.

    If you would look at my living room before I got this device, I looked like a wholesale street peddler for remotes. It was quite embarrassing when guests would arrive and see that I have 8-9 remotes all stacked up around me.

    I had tried my luck with the non-intelligent universal remotes in the past (the Radio Shack brand ones) and it was a hassle to get my remote setup with the devices I wanted. It was a further continuous battle with the remote to control each device and switch the remote between the different modes. It is much easier to have 5 remotes around you than it is to fumble with a single remote to try to perform basic tasks.

    I had also tried the feature you get on DVD and TV remotes where you can configure it for additional devices. I had the same frustrations there.

    I had it in mind that I indeed was needing some sort of a solution here, it just never occurred to me that this device would make my life so much better.

    When I saw this item featured on amazon black Friday sale last month, I pounced on it; thinking that if it doesn’t work out, I can always send it back.
    Here are my detailed comments regarding this product.

    Initial setup:
    =========

    Unwrapping the box was very easy. It was packaged in an easy to open clear hard plastic shell and I just needed to tear the plastic along the dotted lines.

    Setup required me to go to the myharmony website and install a plugin. I use a mac at home and I did have some trepidation from reading the reviews about this product. People have had bad experiences with the software setup. Mine was exactly the opposite.

    It asks you for all your devices at first. You type in the name of each device and model number and it matches what you provided against its database and confirms with you whether the one it found as a match is the correct one. It needed further confirmation on one of my devices, my Sony DVD/VCR seemed to have a couple of different variants. It simply asked me to take my VCR remote and point it to the IR input port on the bottom of the device, apparently this is where it can learn a different remote’s signals. It recognized the signal just fine and setup everything else accordingly.

    For each device it also asks you to specify which input port is the device connected to onto the TV. For example my DVD player is hooked up to the TV on port HDMI1, the cable set top box on HDMI2, the old VCR on Composite1. It needs this information to switch the input on your TV when you select an activity.

    After feeding in all the devices, you define all the activities you will be performing withis remote. That’s the beautiful part about it. Everything is configured according to the functional usage, the ‘activities’, and each activity is composed of several mini tasks and provides a context for your remote to operate.

    I would give the activity a name, and it would ask which device will be used for the video output, which for the audio output, and which to change the channels or play/pause/rewind/ffwd. Everything was fairly intuitive.

    After all the devices were configured and all of the activities were defined I had to do a sync between the computer and the remote via the USB cable. That happened without a hitch.

    Normal Usage:
    ==========

    This was the real eye-opening experience. The real charm and usability of it is the fact that it is so user-friendly and designed for normal practical usage. The activity-based layout of the interface was a real novel idea for me.

    The remote starts out by offering to walk you through what it calls the helper. I found that I quickly got over the learning curve and quickly dispensed with the helper and went solo.

    I select which activity I want and it does the rest. It turns on each device sequentially, and then it sends a signal to the TV to switch to the correct input mode.

    It takes 2-3 seconds for it to do everything and during this time you see a logo on the remote’s screen that it is transmitting the signals. I usually keep it pointed to my TV/devices for the duration of this time.

    All buttons are laid out intuitively as they should. Volume control and mute buttons send the signal to my audio receiver, play/pause buttons send signal to the DVD/VCR, and, depending on the activity, if I’m watching cable, the same play/pause buttons control my DVR instead. No more switching the modes on my remote everytime I need to change the channel and control the volume interchangeably.

    It’s truly a smart device and makes my life so much easier because it is intelligent enough to change its behavior based on the context we’re…

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  5. 61 of 68 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Pretty Mediocre Actually, January 21, 2012
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    G. Anderson (TX, USA) –
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    This review is from: Logitech 915-000162 Harmony 700 Rechargeable Remote with Color Screen (Black) (Electronics)

    After spending a few years with a Harmony 550 that started having issues, I decided it was time to upgrade and chose the 700 as its replacement.

    Unfortunately it wasn’t all that much of a upgrade.

    First the good…

    The screen is nice and useful.

    The buttons have a good feel to them.

    The shape feels good in hand.

    Rechargability is a major bonus.

    The bad…

    Cheap feeling. Hollow, plasticky and the battery door fits poorly (loose).

    Poor IR signal power/dispersion. This is the biggest problem compared to the 550. I could point the 550 in the general direction of my TV/components and it would have no problem getting a signal to everything. The 700 is a major downgrade in this way… it must be pointed DIRECTLY at what you are trying to control which is a problem if your TV and components are a few feet apart as mine are. Freshly charged batteries make no difference.

    Pretty disappointing.

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  6. 30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Stop the maddness of using three remotes to watch a movie…, January 16, 2012
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    Silenced Within (houston) –

    This review is from: Logitech 915-000162 Harmony 700 Rechargeable Remote with Color Screen (Black) (Electronics)

    I read a bunch of reviews about this remote prior to purchase. I had some apprehension about it but went ahead and pulled the trigger on it when it was on sale. Boy, I wish I had done it sooner.

    This remote was STUPID easy to set up. I am not the most “tech savy” guy in the world. Average maybe, and definetly impatient when it comes to frustrating set ups and use on modern electronics. This remote is amazingly simple to use.

    I encountered no issues setting it up. Probably because I avoided high internet server traffic by choosing to do my set up at 4:00 am. Most complaints I read had to do with people trying to set it up during high traffic times (ie: the day after Christmas..lol). Sync issue only caught me once, and I simply had to reset the website (which took about five seconds) and WHAMMO…

    The reports I read about slow operation of devices I also have not experienced. It is as fast as my factory remotes. Range and direction pointing is less sensitive than my factory remotes. Point this thing in the general area and it works flawlessly.

    Turns on my Samsung tv, Yamaha Receiver, and Panasonic DVD player in about two seconds. Try doing that with three remotes.

    Another nice feature is the remotes screen gives you the option to select a specific device and gives you COMPLETE access to the selected device’s sub menus. This was a major concern for me, as I like to change my Yamaha’s surround sound speaker volumes depending on the movie we are watching.

    Oh, and yes it comes with a charger that you can plug into a wall socket or use a computers USB port. Your choice…

    If you are on the fence about this remote like I was, and are instead using three remotes to watch a movie in your living room than STOP THE MADDNESS and get yourself one of these. Might just change your life.

    I will report back in a couple of months on the durability. We are both adults over the age of 40 with no kids. So this should be a good test as it will not be abused, dropped, or thrown around. CHEERS!!

    UPDATE>>>>

    As of March 5th, 2012…

    Remote still works as designed. Made my wife’s life easier. The more I play with this remote the more I am amazed at how easy it makes my home theater operate.

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