Review: AVerMedia Live Gamer Mini C-311

By Duncan Ritchie

18-November-2021 on Tips

7 minute read

If you’re in the market for a new capture card or want to upgrade your existing equipment, we’d like to share our thoughts on the AVerMedia Live Gamer Mini C-311 capture card, a new piece of hardware we recently acquired, and tell you if it is worth buying or not. 

Traditionally, as many Nacsport users may know, we haven’t shared our thoughts on much Nacsport-compatible hardware for two reasons. Firstly, because we haven’t personally tried every product on the market, and, secondly, because we’re not affiliated with any of these brands, and don’t want to be seen promoting one above the other.

 

However, our stance changed in 2020. Responding to requests from the community, we published a video analysis hardware guide ebook which was so well received that we decided to share our thoughts on every new piece of gear that fell into our hands. We went on to write articles recommending drones and essential equipment for video analysis.

 

Continuing with this theme, today we bring you our impressions of the AverMedia Live Gamer Mini C-311 capture card and, going into the future, we’ll review any new hardware that comes into our possession. Please remember that this is for informational purposes only. These opinions are our own and we are not connected to AVerMedia in any way.

 

With that being said, let’s get started...

 

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A Word About AVerMedia

 

The Live Gamer Mini (LGM) C-311 is the natural successor to one of our favourite capture cards, the Live Gamer Portable, which we have already written about extensively on our website.

 

In general, we’re big fans of AVermedia’s products. They have always worked well with Nacsport and we always recommend their products to our users.

 

If you want more information on other AVerMedia devices, or would like to see how they are used with Nacsport, we suggest you check out the above-mentioned hardware guide or this downloadable PDF which will give you all the info you need.

 

So, let’s move on and take a closer look at the new device in their range...

 

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AVerMedia LGM: Features

 

The Live Gamer Mini C-311 is a great looking device which is small, black and sleek. While small in stature, it’s still a powerful device that comes at a pocket friendly price.

 

The device itself is around the size of a credit card (though obviously thicker) and won’t take up too much real estate on your desk.

 

As far as inputs go, it couldn’t get much simpler. There are two ports at the top of the device for HDMI input and output for playing uncompressed video on your TV or monitor, and a USB 2.0 output for creating and sharing content on your PC or Mac.

 

The card has a maximum resolution of 1080p60 and streams at 60fps. Unfortunately, it doesn’t offer HDR or 4K streaming, but the full-HD on offer should be more than sufficient for most users.

 

In addition, the LGM has an H.264 hardware encoder integrated into its core and the latency is practically zero.

 

Although it doesn’t have internal memory recording like some of its more expensive counterparts, you can take advantage of the LGM’s Plug and Play capabilities, which makes it incredibly easy to set up. Simply connect the device to your computer and you’ll be ready to get to work within seconds.

 

AverMedia Live Gamer Mini C-311

 

System Requirements

 

Before buying, please ensure that your computer meets the system requirements needed to run the hardware. In addition, please note that there is a distinction between desktop and laptop computers. You can see the requirement for both below:

 

Desktop 

 

  • Windows 10 operating system
  • Intel i5 (i7 recommended) / AMD A10 Quad Core or above
  • NVIDIA NVIDIA® GTX 650 or AMD Radeon R7 250X or above
  • 4GB RAM (8GB recommended)

 

Laptop 

 

  • Intel Core i7
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 870M
  • 4GB RAM (8GB recommended)

 

Where to Buy

 

In conclusion, we thoroughly recommend this little box for your video analysis work. We’ve tested it with Nacsport and it works like a dream.

 

You can purchase the device at reputable computer stores, as well as many online shops. Prices range from around €60 - €90 (£50 - £75 / US$70 - US$105).

 

As an example, we invite you to check out the product on Amazon UK, but shop around to find the best deal for yourself in your own country.

 

If you have any questions about this device and how it connects with Nacsport, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us and we’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.

 

As always, thanks for reading!

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