Not a review, more a recommendation if you have modest capture requirements and were considering this unit anyway, this may be of interest. I recently bought a DarkCrystal HD Capture Station and so far, very very happy with it. I purchased it from KoiTech (special order request, incredible service by the way) and it is doing exactly what it is supposed to (capture component vid from PS3 and 360). Uploaded with ImageShack.us In the package: * AVerMedia DarkCrystal HD Capture station * Quick Install Guide * Installation CD * Component Cable and Stereo Audio Cable * IR Blaster * Power Adaptor * Power Adaptor Outlet Module (region specific) * USB Cable Uploaded with ImageShack.us The unit itself feels small compared to what I was expecting, only weighs 510g (manufacturer indicated) and is shiny and looks like it will attract many fingerprints if you touched it a lot. When in standby it has an orange standby LED and when connected and capturing content it switches to a blue LED. The install guide is pretty straight forward and is the same as the guide on the website (the install CD contains the relevant capture software and a few extras I will mention further on). The component cable I think added most of the weight to the package, it is huge. It is approx 1.2-1.4 metres long (I didn't measure before plugging it in) and it is very chunky. the cables are separate thick insulated cables joined together side by side. Uploaded with ImageShack.us Uploaded with ImageShack.us The IR Blaster is an infra red extension for a remote control, I have no use for it so I have not played with it at all. The power adaptor is a plug pack with a relatively short cable (possibly the only issue I have had with the unit is the power lead is too short for where I want to use the unit, but that is an issue of mine, not of the unit) and comes with a plug adaptor which you just slip on the make it work with AU power points. Similar to a lot of the netbook PSUs Acer includes. The USB cable is pretty generic, not much else to say really. Setting up the DarkCrystal This is very simple. Depending on your source (360 and PS3 via component) you plug your component cables that would normally go into your TV into the IN plugs and then use the included monster component AV cable to from the OUT an then the other end to your TV. You also plug the power in and the USB to your pc/laptop. Uploaded with ImageShack.us I would usually connect my 360 and ps3 via HDMI but also had component cables for both the 360 (they are included when you buy it) and for the PS3 (I bought a set years ago). The unit also has a nice feature of HDMI output so you can plug your component cables from your console into the unit and still connect the unit to your TV via HDMI. The composite and SVideo inputs are on the front of the unit. Uploaded with ImageShack.us Using the DarkCrystal It can capture up to 1080i (I only capture at 720p) and the vid capture does require the use of the included software (ArcSoft TotalMedia Extreme 2) for the capture only. I have not found any other software that will interface with the capture station but this one works simply and does not seem to really need to do more than capture a video. The software allows you to choose the source (if you had more than one compatible capture device) the input (composite or component) and the video format is not really optional as it will match the output to the input source. It does allow you to tinker a little with the audio capture rate (I have left it at max, 384kbps, as I can play with it in premier). Also included in the package is ArcSoft TotalMedia® Theatre 3, ArcSoft TotalMedia® Studio 3, ArcSoft MediaConverter and software updating/registration utilities. Other than the update utilities, I have not used the rest of it. a couple of quick tests PS3 Dead Nation 720p (yes, I suck) 360 Battlefield Bad Company 2 720p (I suck but I also looked at the wrong screen when playing) My personal opinion After using this for a bit, i am very happy. I was after USB 2.0 as I do not have a compatible USB3.0 port for the BlackMagic Intensity Shuttle and from everything I have read about them they are incredible for USB3.0 but finicky with the USB3.0 port it will run on. The other benefit for me is my laptops both have USB2.0 and my PC while it has USB3.0 I can use the capture station across all 3 with no issues. One thing I will add is you can NOT play a game via your pc, you need an external monitor, the lag is 1 to 2 seconds and you will not be able to play any game other than maybe chess. I do not need to capture at anything higher than 720p for consoles nor do I need to capture anything better than stereo sound, I wanted an external device so i can plug it into my PC to cap video in the study or to plug it into a laptop and cap in the lounge or theatre without having to lug the pc about. I was considering this and the Hauppage HD PVR and ended up buying this due to price/availability/HDMI output.