Leadtek WinFast DTV1000 T

Written by Tim Smalley

October 26, 2005 | 15:38

Tags: #dtv #dvb-t #media-center #review #tuner #tv #winfast

Companies: #leadtek

The screen shots down this page were photographed with a FujiFilm S602-Zoom camera and then scaled down to 800x600

Full Screen:

Leadtek WinFast DTV1000 T Display Modes Leadtek WinFast DTV1000 T Display Modes
There are various picture modes supported by the Leadtek DTV1000 T, alongside the standard windowed interface that we have already shown to you. Full screen mode is exactly what it says on the tin - when you select full screen mode with the remote, or double click on the TV window, the program will maximise to full screen.


Leadtek WinFast DTV1000 T Display Modes Leadtek WinFast DTV1000 T Display Modes
The DTV1000 T has two different picture in picture modes which are really useful. Due to the nature of Leadtek's tuner, it's possible to watch two different channels at once. With picture in picture mode (on the left), you can watch the next channel in your list. Unfortunately, it breaks a little bit when you've got digital radio stations intermingled with digital TV channels.

The second mode is called picture over picture. This mode gives you much better control over the second picture, and it allows you to change channels within a certain provider. So, for example, you could watch ITV News at the same time as ITV1, but we couldn't watch BBC1 at the same time as ITV1. A little limited, but very useful for those who like to flick between channels during an advertisement break.

TwinView & Channel Surfing:

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TwinView mode is another incarnation of the above display modes, but this time you can control the Audio output balance. Essentially, you could move the slider to deliver 100% audio from one of the two channels and completely mute the other channel. I personally found this useful for watching sitcoms while also watching the news, by having the news just playing. It'd be nice to see the volume control on the other two picture in picture modes too, as it seems that the balance selections in the TwinView mode remain when you switch to one of the other multi-broadcast modes.

The final screen shows the rather cool channel surf mode - this gives you access to all of the channels in small thumbnails. It is possible to hover over the channel and get a preview of what the is on that particular channel before you make your broadcast selection. This is much quicker than flicking through the channels individually with them displayed in full screen mode. You have to hover over the channel before it plays, and then when you move off that channel, the tile freezes with the last 'image' that was displayed.
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