Sagem DVR 6400 T review: Sagem DVR 6400 T

CNET Editors' Rating

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Average User Rating

2 stars 2 user reviews
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The Good Picture quality; decent digital audio outputs.

The Bad Horrible styling; rubbish front panel display; shoddy antenna and power connectors.

The Bottom Line The Sagem 6400 isn't particularly pretty, and there are some problems with the power and antenna connections at the rear of the machine, but recorded programmes look decent

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Sagem is no stranger to the digital video recorder market, but is the DVR 6400 T up to the responsible job of managing your TV viewing? It's available in 160GB or 250GB hard-drive versions. We tested the 250GB model.

Design
We don't think the Sagem DVR 6400 T will be winning any style awards. It's not a particularly attractive machine, finished in an unappealing colour that Sagem calls 'silver' and we call 'grey'.

On the front of the box is a simple LED-style display. This doesn't impart much useful information, apart from the channel number. Bizarrely, the display doesn't seem capable of displaying the latter 'M', so when you enter the menu it displays 'nenu' instead. A tiny problem, but come on Sagem, what does a simple display that can summon all the letters of the alphabet cost these days?

At the back there's a pair of Scart sockets as well as optical digital audio out. There's also a 12V connection, which takes its electricity from an external power brick, as well as aerial inputs and outputs. 

The remote control is simple and works fine. It's not especially pretty, but it responds to commands quickly, and there's no apparent lag between pressing a button and the box responding.

Features
The Sagem DVR 6400 T features a 250GB hard drive, which will enable you to store plenty of your favourite TV shows, and if there's nothing good on it allows you to play MP3s and digital photos from a USB memory stick, which you pop in a socket on the side of the machine. Sadly the Sagem is no Evesham iPlayer , so don't expect MPEG-4 video playback from USB sticks.

The 6400 T can output digital audio, which will allow you to hook the player up to a surround-sound amplifier. A nice touch is the inclusion of both optical and coaxial sockets, so whatever your amplifier accepts, the Sagem can provide.

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Where to Buy

Sagem DVR 6400 T

Part Number: CNETSagem DVR 6400 T

Typical Price: £170.00

See manufacturer website for availability.