AIW Software Bundle
The X1900 AIW comes with one of the most packed
software bundles out there. The middle CD pictured
below is the ATI software CD featuring Catalyst
5.13 and Multimedia Centre 9.13. On the left you
can see Adobe Premier, the video editing software.
On the right of the picture you can see Photoshop
Elements, a cut down version of Photoshop which
is ideal for basic image editing.
The inclusion of Premier in the ATI bundle adds
real value as it has a retail value of $85. Unfortunately
it really isn’t very intuitive and requires
that you sit down and follow tutorials before you
can even think about coming up with a final DVD.
Thinking back we can remember ATI bundling Sonic
MyDVD with their products in the past. Having used
MyDVD 6.1 recently we believe it’s a far more
suitable product for bundling with the AIW’s.
Its quick and more importantly intuitive so whether
you’re a novice or reasonably knowledgeable
you can create your own DVD’s from AIW captures
far more easily than with Premier.
“Adobe Premier Element’s main
interface…not exactly self explanatory…”
Things are a lot better on the ATI software front
though. ATI multimedia centre is one of the most
configurable media suites out there and really is
all you need to manage your system. We’ve
looked at the software suite in previous reviews,
including the AIW X1800 review, and as there haven’t
been any major changes since then we won’t
be covering it here today. In summary the suite
allows you to watch and pause live TV etc. Listen
to Live radio, play and convert media files and
organise your media library. It’s not the
nicest looking software but it does what it’s
meant to and does it well.
There is one minor issue we have with the MMC 9.13
though. And that’s that pause recording is
still missing. Pause recording was in previous versions
of MMC and allows you to cut the adverts out of
TV broadcasts with only 2 mouse clicks. This was
an excellent feature and we hope that ATI do bring
AIW Hardware Bundle.
As always ATI give you all the cables you’ll
need with their AIW, lets take a look at what comes
with the European model:
First up we have the main AIW connector, from left
to right you can see the audio pass-through connector
which feeds audio to the Scart(out) connector (second
from left) and out to external speakers. The 3rd
connector is the input connector for the external
inputs and finally we have a standard VGA out on
The above connectors attach to the following connector
which plugs into the AIW and screws into place:
The next connector is a converter which allows
you to change your DVI out into a HDTV connector
and is capable of 480i to 1080i. This could well
be one of the best connectors bundled in terms of
Next up is ATI’s input domino block. The
connector plugs into the main AIW connector and
allows you to connect an external device (audio
and video) to your AIW.
Finally on the connectivity front we have the radio
So far its pretty clear that this is a great bundle
however ATI aren’t done yet. They also bundle
the latest Remote Wonder with the AIW X1900. The
Remote Wonder Plus is a lightweight remote which
uses radio frequency’s rather than infra red.
This means that the unit has a much wider area of
use, you can even use it through walls if you so
For those of you who are interested in setting
up a system based on Windows Media Centre Edition
you’ll be pleased to know that the Remote
Wonder Plus is fully compatible with that OS.