The GE 22730 DTV converter box is difficult to use and has subpar video quality, so you're better off going with a different converter box.
The impressive feature set of Panasonic's high-end combo recorder doesn't overcome some basic shortfalls.
Historically, telly buffs have had to actually sit in front of their home TV to watch it. The Slingbox changes that, allowing you not only to control your TV from a remote location, but also to watch it anywhere at any time. It serves its purpose perfectly and can be recommended without a moment's hesitation
Whether you use it as a digital photo frame, Internet radio receiver, an advanced alarm clock, or some Web 2.0 task of your own devising, the Chumby is an extremely fun tech toy for the wired, modern home.
The Dish Network DTVPal DVR offers up bare-bones, over-the-air HDTV recording without a monthly fee, but it doesn't compare to subscription-based DVRs, and Dish's nonexistent return policy makes it a real gamble.
Despite a few nice features, the Philips DVDR600VR's difficult interface and below-average video quality keep it from competing well.
With dual-layer recording, a host of conveniences, and a slim look, the full-featured Pioneer DVR-533H-S recorder seems like a bargain.
Toshiba RS-TX TiVo/DVD recorders
The Olive 4 is a fantastic-sounding digital audio server, but its high price and limited feature list limit its appeal to die-hard audiophiles.
The stylish Philips Streamium WACS700/37 can stream digital music throughout your home without a PC, but considering its high price, it's hard to overlook some basic feature and performance shortfalls.