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Linksys KiSS 1600

The Linksys KiSS 1600 isn't without its problems but because the firmware can be updated these could be ironed out with time. The KiSS 1600 represents great value for money compared to Apple TV, and it offers greatly increased file support and functionality

Thomson DHD4000

FreeView's service might pale in comparison next to Sky's, but if you're plumping for the free-to-air service, you might as well invest in the Thomson DHD4000. Its only fault is the relatively small hard drive (which can be replaced if you wish), but the ease-of-use, advanced features and classic styling add up to the best device of its kind on the market

Humax PVR-9200

Whether you buy the black Humax 9200TB and or the silver 9200TS, you'll get a superb Freeview PVR with plenty of useful features and an unusually flexible recording system that allows you to do far more than other competing products

Digital Vision GiGo

The Digital Vision GiGo has some great things going for it, although it's not without its downsides. Fortunately, the positives far outweigh the negatives. If you want to record Freeview to a USB memory stick, this machine is very convenient and does the job perfectly. If you don't know what a USB memory stick is, we'd advise you to get a more traditional personal video recorder

Sharp TU-R160H

Sharp's TU-R160H is a standard twin tuner recorder that does what it says on the box. It's easy to use and effective but light on features and the design appears to have been borrowed from a budget model

Pioneer DVR-540HX

Pioneer's DVR-540HX features an impressive specification with user-friendly functionality and fine recording performance -- but an ordinary design and average DVD playback mean there are some better alternatives

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.

Humax PVR-9300T

The 9300T is a worthy replacement for the 9200T, offering masses of storage space and superb recording quality. Unfortunately, the operating noise is ludicrous

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.

Editors' Choice

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

Toshiba SD-350E

If you've recently bought an LCD TV (such as Toshiba's own 32WL56) and have little cash left over, then the SD-350E is a good investment. It upsamples DVD video to high-definition resolution, improving the detail on the TVs we tested it with. It's actually better over analogue component video than digital HDMI and it's missing some connections on the rear, but it's still worth the asking price

TVonics DVR-FP250

A good PVR that offers lots of features -- albeit at a price -- but good picture quality will appeal to people looking for a PVR to go with their flat-panel TV

Toshiba RD-85DT

Toshiba's RD-85DT offers a versatile and convenient way to make high-quality recordings. It's easy to use and overall performance is excellent -- although connectivity could be better

Liteon LVW-5045

The Liteon LVW-5045 is a bargain combi recorder, but with Toshiba's RD-XS34 available at the same price, we'd have to recommend the latter. However, this is still a good recorder with an easy-to-use operating system, and when Liteon adds Freeview and dual layer recording, it could have a killer on its hands

TVonics DTR-Z500

The TVonics DTR-Z500's generous 500GB of storage means you'll have plenty of space to store your recordings without needing to constantly delete things. Compared to its predecessor, the DVR-FP250, there hasn't been any great leap forward in terms of picture quality or performance, but this is still a great machine. We think, however, that the Humax PVR-9300T offers more for roughly the same price

TVonics DTR-HV250

As much as we like the TVonics DTR-HV250, the price is slightly too steep for a 250GB PVR. As long as you're happy to pay the asking price, though, we're more than happy to recommend it to you, and we certainly have nothing but good things to say about its picture and sound quality

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