EyeTV DTT Deluxe review

Elgato claims the EyeTV DTT Deluxe is ‘the smallest TV tuner available’ and we’re not going to argue with that, as it’s certainly the smallest tuner we’ve ever seen.

The TV tuner is just a little over 57mm long, 17mm wide and a mere 9mm thick. The smaller size means that it won’t obscure the other ports on your Mac. However, these diminutive dimensions come at a price. The EyeTV DTT Deluxe costs £70 compared with Elgato’s larger EyeTV DTT, which costs £40 but measures 68 x 18 x 14mm.

The other difference between the two units is the aerial. The EyeTV DTT Deluxe comes with two separate aerials. There’s a small aerial with a magnetic base that’s intended for use in fixed locations, such as your home or office, where you can just set it in place and leave it. The other aerial is a very thin telescopic rod that’s about 63mm long when folded up, but extends to about 150mm when in use. This means that you can easily slip it into your laptop case alongside the tuner whenever you’re getting ready to travel.

The £40 DTT also comes with two aerials, but its second aerial lacks the flexible, extendable ability, instead offering a simpler suction cup for attaching it to surfaces.

You can also connect both EyeTV DTTs directly to an existing aerial or wall socket. The tuner on the EyeTV DTT Deluxe is too small to accommodate a full-size coaxial aerial socket so it uses a mini-coaxial connector (MCX) along with a small adaptor that allows you to connect an ordinary coaxial aerial cable.

As a DTT tuner – digital terrestrial television – it will pick up the 40-plus channels offered with Freeview. However, it will only work effectively in an area that has good digital reception (if the digital reception in your area isn’t very good Elgato also sells the EyeTV Hybrid for £109.95, which can pick up both digital and analogue TV signals).

The other main difference between the two units is that the EyeTV DTT Deluxe comes with a remote control.
The EyeTV software that Elgato supplies with its TV tuners is excellent, and makes it easy to record TV. It even has a tool that converts recorded TV to iPod format in one click.

OUR VERDICT

Elgato’s products for TV on the Mac are great – the software is almost perfect, and in this case the tuner is tiny. Ideal for laptop users, the DTT Deluxe gives you truly portable TV.

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