That’s true; I’ve heard good things, and the guy I talked to about it at SCR gave me the impression that they really engineered it well for gamers. It only does component, though, and it can’t even be hooked up to a computer (you attach a laptop HD or an external drive to it for the recordings), so it’s a record-only device – no streaming. If you just need archiving, though, it looks like a nice little unit. I don’t recall the maximum resolution on it, though.
Also, just noticed that you called out 720i; generally units are 720P/1080i maximum, because those two have roughly equivalent bandwidth requirements. 1080P, especially 1080P60, has an enormous bandwidth requirement (as in bandwidth from the device to the computer), thus why most externals are limited to 720P/1080i. As most of the FGC is focused on streaming, and the games we play are currently rendered at 720P (even when the consoles are outputting 1080P), most people opt for the smoother performance of 720P60 instead of unnecessarily scaling up to 1080P and only being able to pull off 24-30 FPS due to capture equipment limitations.
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Didn’t realize you were looking to work on a Netbook. I doubt you’ll have much luck doing that with 1080P from anything, really; most netbooks just don’t have the power to sling around that kind of data. You’d definitely need something with an on-board encoder, though. Also, netbook with USB 3.0? Wow, impressive; didn’t realize those were available.
This is the Aver I was talking about: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005YR0M0W/?tag=theover06-20 I see now that it’s 720P/1080i though, so it doesn’t meet your needs. Is there a reason you don’t like 1080P? If you’re working off consoles, barely any games are actually rendering at 1080P natively (they’re all upscaled), so you’re just wasting disk space capturing at that resolution. You can use a higher bitrate at a 720P, and still come out ahead (not to mention have way more choices of hardware to choose from). Your decision, of course; just sharing my experience and knowledge.