PCTV NanoStick T2 USB TV tuner

Freeview HD telly on the move

HD ready

In this scenario, WMC does all the heavy lifting and once you’ve provided some details on your location you get a full-featured EPG and a much better interface. The downside is that the included remote is not compatible with WMC and Vista users will have to upgrade to Windows 7 to receive HD channels.

PCTV Nanostick T2

The NanoStick certainly makes the most of full-HD screen

While the Nanostick will have appeal for the avid traveller, being sure of a decent signal is always going to be an issue. Those with country aerial equipped country retreats may find it an ideal option, but that's certainly a niche market. Incidentally, there’s the DistanTV feature which allows anything with a web browser to control the NanoStick T2 and stream whatever you’re watching over any suitable connection. This works well, even on the iPhone, but again is it necessary if you already have an internet connection?

Verdict

All-in-all, if you’re unable to replace a TV tuner with an Internet connection, then £80 is probably a wise investment to be able to enjoy HDTV on the go, if there's a signal... or record programmes ahead of time to watch later. If you can cope with the remote and TVCenter’s interface or Windows Media Centre then the nanoStick T2 will do exactly what you need it to. ®

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PCTV Nanostick T2

PCTV NanoStick T2 USB TV tuner

Portable Freeview HD tuner and recording package for Windows PCs.
Price: £90 RRP