Asus My Cinema ES2-750/PT/FM/AV/RC

Packaging and Appearance

The card came in a glossy red box covered in information and graphics promoting its contents.  The front of the box is dominated by a picture of a guy kicking back watching the football on his PC (maybe the other half kicked him out the living room?). Surrounding the main image is an array of logos and certifications showing off what the card can do as well as the description 'Hybrid TV Card' written boldly across the bottom. The back of the box spilling, at first glance, what appears to be a lot of information on the product. Upon closer inspection actually elaborates on 6 points, just in 10 different languages each.
Box_front Box_Back
The packaging is quite attractive and would serve its purpose well in a retail store. Letting the customer know what it is before they pick it up and then presenting all it's selling points in an organised and informative way. Unfortunately the box had taken a bit off a battering on its way to me as you can see form the third picture above. Calling into question the safety of it's contents.
Box_In Box_open
As you can see above however the outside is just a skin for a more sturdy inner box which was better off. Inside the inner box was a cardboard separator keeping the contents from rattling around too much. It looks like it should survive in the hands of couriers.
Card_Front Card_Back
Well there isn't really much to look at with the ES2-750. It's a rather small card only just exceeding the length of a pci-e x1 slot. There's only really two focal points on the PCB itself. The larger box to the left is tuner. The chip to the right of that card is the ATI HD750. The brains behind the card. Aside from those two parts theres little else to see, front or back.
Ports HD750
So we'll move around to the I/O ports. Theres 4 on the back of the card, all of which need to be occupied if you want the card to fully function. These are. from left to right, Audio-video, IR Receiver, Analog TV & FM Aerial ports. Theres also a low profile backplate that can be used in place of the full length one, which could help massively for people looking to build systems into thiner HTPC cases to fit under their TV. The other picture shows the ATI HD750 chip, responsible for the encoding and decoding of the video & audio the card handles.
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Most Recent Comments

07-12-2009, 12:55:43

Ewww, my Dad spent £65 on his TV tuner which was USB back in 2006. No matter what antenna is used the picture is HORRIBLE!!! Even used CABLE connection and still the picture is rubbish!!! In the end I have used it for a capture device for my consoles .

Good review though, I do not recommend one of these to anyone (no matter what model)Quote

10-12-2009, 00:27:47

I'm not understanding why the performance problems or issues exist with this card.

There are, and have been, cheap Hauupage tv cards that work very simply and with something as simple as Intel onboard g965 graphics. Alot of these based on 10 year old tech. Infact cards I've personally experienced have been that old and use the Intel onboard mentioned.

Be interested if ASUS chose to reply to the review.Quote

04-03-2010, 07:00:27

I am using the ASUS 2007 and facing the same bad picture quality. What i should have to do.Quote

04-03-2010, 07:05:47

Originally Posted by name='Lailah'
I am using the ASUS 2007 and facing the same bad picture quality. What i should have to do.
There isn't much you can do tbh, just find a better Ariel or input method. You could always download Zatoo.Quote

08-03-2010, 11:32:29

with stuff like iplayer and sky and iTV all broadcast over the net now is there any point to a TV card as such. Maybe if you dont have a net connection but other wise just hit iplayer and watch from there or even virgin media + to view your missed programs.

Or even get your self a Full working 120 Gb Arcos TV+ for £35 from curries and record what ever you whant and that in hi def and then stream it all over the house.Quote

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