Recording a game is as simple as pressing the red button on either the box itself or on the included remote, That's it. The GCHD works like a DVR in this aspect, you press record and then stop when you're done. In order to watch what you've captured, navigate the built-in file management program to play, erase and move your footage around. One thing that took us a minute to figure out was how to navigate to our available drives. When the management window pops up, it doesn't go straight to your readied partition, you need to select it first. It makes sense in the event you've partitioned your hard drive into sections like having one for video and the other for snapshots. Not a big deal at all, just something to remember.
The quality of the recorded media is fantastic. Video is near exact considering it's compressed into an AVI file and the snapshots are pretty decent. We took a shot from the Xbox Live Marketplace and it came out a little dark but with a little touching up, it was perfect. A few things we would've loved to have been able to have was a way to operate the device without a remote. From the box you can only power on and record so if something happens to your remote, you're assed out. We would've also loved to have a streaming feature integrated into the Game Capture HD. Sure, we know that would drive the price to insanity but it would be cool anyway.
As a solution to gamers who want to archive their skills or stream them later, AVerMedia's Game Capture HD is just what the doctor ordered. Its compact size and easy to use interface makes operation as easy as turning on another console. For under 200 bucks, picking one up should be a no-brainer.