DVRs

Pure Avalon 300R Connect
REVIEW

Pure Avalon 300R Connect

Despite its modern menus and integrated Wi-Fi, the Pure Avalon 300R’s paltry support for catch-up TV services and lack of catch-up integration in its EPG make it feel like a new riff on old technology. Unfortunately it's not quite in step with the likes of YouView’s set-top box, which signalled a new dawn for Freeview HD recorders.

3 stars Editors' rating on 12 March 2013

Typical price: £350.00

Freesat+ HD with free time
REVIEW

Freesat+ HD with free time

The Humax HDR-1000S Freesat+ HD box with free time impresses with its easy-to-use interface and strong recording features. The backwards-in-time EPG works well but the on-demand services are not as tightly integrated as on YouView. It needs more service providers to come on board and I'd like to see the EPG populate faster and playback of on-demand programmes to start up quicker.

4 stars Editors' rating on 25 October 2012
3.9 stars User rating out of 4 votes

Typical price: £280.00

YouView
REVIEW

YouView

It's taken an age to arrive, but the Humax DTR-T1000 shows that YouView was worth the wait. Its excellent user interface seamlessly combines on-demand and broadcast TV, while digital TV recording features are first class. It's pricey and is missing a few bells and whistles that would make it perfect, but it's still easy to recommend.

4.5 stars Editors' rating on 30 July 2012
2.9 stars User rating out of 9 votes

Typical price: £300.00

Humax PVR-9150T
REVIEW

Humax PVR-9150T

The Humax PVR-9150T is a no-frills, standard-definition Freeview recorder for those still enslaved by Scart. It's dull, but it's quiet and it does what it says on the tin.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on 15 August 2011

Typical price: £120.00

Virgin Media TiVo
REVIEW

Virgin Media TiVo

TiVo is a must-have upgrade if you currently get your TV through Virgin Media and want to continue doing so, or if you want the most powerful PVR on the market. For everyone else, there's still much work to be done on the software before we can recommend it as a reason to switch TV providers.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on 25 July 2011
2.5 stars User rating out of 34 votes

Typical price: £100.00

Sharp TUT2HR32
REVIEW

Sharp TUT2HR32

Sharp's TUT2HR32 Freeview+HD recorder ticks the right boxes, with twin HD tuners, a 320GB hard drive and bright, colourful interface. Unfortunately, it also generates more fan noise than a Take That concert.

3 stars Editors' rating on 13 July 2011

Typical price: £235.00

Toshiba HDR5010
REVIEW

Toshiba HDR5010

Toshiba's HDR5010 does everything a Freeview HD digital TV recorder should do, without fuss or fanfare. It's intuitive to use, has a generous hard drive and is well priced at around £200. It's just the ticket if you want a box to record dramas, not create them.

4 stars Editors' rating on 13 July 2011
2.3 stars User rating out of 2 votes

Typical price: £190.00

Goodmans GDB300HD
REVIEW

Goodmans GDB300HD

The Goodmans GDB300HD is a good Freeview HD box that does the job for a pretty small sum of money. At around £70, we think it represents a great deal.

4 stars Editors' rating on 4 October 2010

Typical price: £70.00

Panasonic DMR-XW380
REVIEW

Panasonic DMR-XW380

The Panasonic DMR-XW380 is a sleek PVR, and one that we think everyone will enjoy using. The problem is the hard drive is too small, it's too expensive and you can't save HD recordings to DVD.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on 28 September 2010
3.5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

Typical price: £400.00

TVonics DTR-HD500
REVIEW

TVonics DTR-HD500

The TVonics DTR-HD500 is a great little Freeview PVR with a decent amount of features and, most crucially, impressive picture quality.

4 stars Editors' rating on 24 September 2010

Typical price: £280.00