DVRs

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

Sky 3D
REVIEW

Sky 3D

Bin your preconceptions -- Sky 3D really does usher in a whole new way of enjoying TV. Consumed in small doses, Sky's 3D channel is fun, fresh and frighteningly addictive.

4 stars Editors' rating on 22 September 2010

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Sky+HD 1TB
REVIEW

Sky+HD 1TB

The Sky+HD 1TB satellite box is a peach of a PVR. A huge hard drive means you no longer have to ration your recordings and the interface is slick and easy to use. With 3D compatibility and Sky's Anytime+ video-on-demand service just around the corner, it's a must-have upgrade for any self-respecting hi-def obsessive.

5 stars Editors' rating on 16 September 2010
4 stars User rating out of 3 votes

Typical price: £249.00

IP Vision FetchTV SmartBox 8000
REVIEW

IP Vision FetchTV SmartBox 8000

The IP Vision FetchTV SmartBox 8000 is a good idea, but it has two massive problems in the credit card registration process and Freeview picture quality. While it has some impressive features, we simply can't recommend you spend your money on this Freeview PVR.

1.5 stars Editors' rating on 16 September 2010
4.5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

Typical price: £180.00

TechniSat HDFV
REVIEW

TechniSat HDFV

The TechniSat HDFV is a decent piece of kit with superb picture quality and the advantage of being able to record to USB. We'd like to see its Wi-Fi abilities improved somewhat to allow more exciting features.

4 stars Editors' rating on 15 September 2010
3.8 stars User rating out of 2 votes

Typical price: £150.00

Humax HDR-FOX T2
REVIEW

Humax HDR-FOX T2

The Humax HDR-FOX T2 is a very good Freeview HD PVR that we have no problem recommending. The only issues we have are with its low storage capacity and high price. It's a capable machine, though, that works very well indeed.

4 stars Editors' rating on 14 September 2010
3.7 stars User rating out of 16 votes

Typical price: £300.00

Virgin Media V HD
REVIEW

Virgin Media V HD

The Virgin Media V HD box would make a super second, or even a main, receiver for people who appreciate that the PVR is on its way out, in these days of IPTV

4 stars Editors' rating on 20 July 2010
4 stars User rating out of 1 vote

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Sky+HD
REVIEW

Sky+HD

If you love TV, then it's quite likely that getting a Sky+HD box will be the best decision of your life. Sports fans will find more than they could ever watch while holding down a job, and movie lovers are pretty well catered for too. The hardware is also easy to use and rarely breaks down. There are dozens of useful extra services too, like remote-recording capability. Even if you just take into account the core TV channels, though, Sky is the market leader, offering a very compelling service

5 stars Editors' rating on 7 June 2010
0 stars User rating out of 1 vote

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Virgin Media V+ HD
REVIEW

Virgin Media V+ HD

Virgin Media's TV service and V+ HD box offer plenty of entertainment potential if you get the top-end viewing package. The video-on-demand functionality is super, as are the catch-up TV services from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. The only problem is the lack of HD channels, with crucial fare like Sky Sports HD and Movies HD being unavailable. Nevertheless, Virgin's service is well worth considering

4 stars Editors' rating on 7 May 2010
3.8 stars User rating out of 6 votes

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Panasonic DMR-EX83
REVIEW

Panasonic DMR-EX83

The Panasonic DMR-EX83 is technically a very competent machine, but the price seems too high given that it has only a 250GB hard drive. We like the way this machine works though, and its picture quality is second to none

3.5 stars Editors' rating on 12 April 2010

Typical price: £320.00