Review: V-Digi VD-Z3

by Stephen Cameron

The V-Digi VD-Z3
Component to VGA Transcoder

Alright, what is this thing?

Take a deep breath….

And I quote…

“Convert the High quality HDTV output signal (480p, 720p, 1080i) to VGA signal; Users can use their monitor or projector to enjoy high-resolution graphics.”

Now that wasn’t so hard! I’ll translate into plain English, this device will let you hook up your Xbox (or other HD device, High Definition not Hard Drive!) to your already purchased computer monitor. Oh and it will look kick ass, too!

What does this mean?

If you are flat ass broke, and don’t have a television, or a HDTV for that matter, and want all those beautiful HDTV resolutions that the Xbox flexes OR you own a LCD projector and it only has VGA inputs and no component video inputs OR have a few extra dollars and wanna try something new besides renting another sequel of Rayman. Get the picture? No? Well, you will.

Is this thing easy to setup?

Let me give you a bit of a history lesson. We received “the other transcoder” from another company about a year ago, we didn't bother reviewing because it was so bad, and got less than perfect results, plus it was priced at over $200! It was crap to be honest. But, the V-Digi VD-Z3 was a breeze and affordable! The only real thing that needed setting up was selecting the HDTV resolutions in the Xbox dashboard. The VD-Z3 transcoder did the rest, simple. What’s really nice is the unit has a VGA pass-thru, which means you can plug it into your computer, so when your Xbox is turned off, the monitor will display Windows again, yay! NOT!

Let me tell you, you are in for a visual treat!


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