What defines a good TV card? At a very basic level, it needs to be able to display TV programs on your computer for you to be able to enjoy. Other functionality such as the ability to record, the FM radio tuner and the remote are luxuries added on to entice you into buying that particular make & model of card. While it's working, the ES2-750 performs it's basic duty, and does it rather well. The extras that are added on then boost the experience to a level where i would quite happily have paid to have the card in my PC. The software deserves a special mention. Although not created by Asus, it was a very good choice of theirs to pick it up, and to then merge it so seamlessly with the remote made it feel like you were using a plain and simple TV, rather than a windows based PC. The ability to set it up to record your shows while away was a nice touch. An improvement in that area would have been dual tuners, allowing you to watch something on one channel while recording something that was showing on a different one. This being the lower end of the pricing for TV cards however the extra tuner may have eliminated it as a cheap choice.
Unfortunately i found that the ES2-750 was let down by it's erratic playback. I found it difficult to watch anything when every few seconds it would all pause, then resume without showing you all you had missed. The fact that the interruptions seemed to be random lead to no solid conclusion about the cause.
The price for the card at the time of writing sits at the 40 mark form our friends over at Ebuyer. A very reasonable price for a bit of kit if it worked 100% of the time. But due to it's temperament over the time I've had with it, it's rather hard to say that the Es2-750 is a steal.
All in all, when the ES2-750 works, it works extremely well. User friendly and it's extra features are actually useful. Unfortunately, it seems to decide when it wants to work, as opposed to always working or at the very least working when you want it to work. And for this reason I'd recommend looking elsewhere than this card.
- Easy to install
- Strong Software
- Small Form Factor
- Single Tuner
- Erratic Live TV Playback