I was impressed with with the hardware, the bundle, and of course the performance of both the 3D graphics and multimedia features. EasyLook is very slick and works very well (minor bugs and the odd missing feature not-withstanding). MultiMedia Center left a bad taste in my mouth though, I long for a IR blaster to control my satellite receiver, and no Remote Wonder II makes Homer something something.
Conclusion? The All-In-Wonder kicks ass. Well, the hardware does anyway. Most of the software works pretty well and is pretty cool but MultiMedia Center still needs work. Even after 8-almost-on-9 major revisions it still has some pretty lame bugs and looks downright ugly. In an HTPC the AIW 9800 Pro is obvious overkill as there are cheaper solutions from ATI available, but as a do-everything card it simply can't be beat (it's easy to state that since there's no real competition out there). If you want a TV-watching video-editing PVR-recording 3D graphics-crushing all-in-one graphics card, the All-In-Wonder 9800 Pro simply has no equal.
4.5 out of 5
- Excellent Capture Quality and Performance
- Excellent 3D Graphics Quality and Performance
- Sweet Bundle
- Awesome DVD playback
- Small enough to fit in my HTPC case
- Inability to control set-top boxes
- No Component-In
- Bugs abound