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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.

Goodmans GHD8015F

Goodman's GHD8015F is the most competitively priced dual-tuner PVR we've seen. There's only an 80GB hard drive, but good standard performance for the price makes it easy to ignore compromises elsewhere

Philips DVDR3305

This is the best budget DVD recorder on the market by some margin. It offers excellent quality recordings straight from TV, impressive playback of shop-bought discs and is incredibly easy to use

Panasonic DMR-EH80V

Old meets new with the EH80V -- you can transfer your antiquated VHS tapes to DVD if you can bear the image quality, yet the machine also has a large 200GB hard drive and progressive scan video. It's missing a few key features and is expensive, but if you want to keep using your VHS tapes without having to compromise on modern features, the EH80V is a unique product

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.

Panasonic DMR-EX75

Panasonic's DMR-EX75 is a hybrid recorder with an impressive specification and superb functionality. Recordings using either the 160GB hard drive or universal disc formats offer flexible control. And both recording and playback performance is excellent

Yamaha DVD-S1700B

Yamaha is ignoring the high-def DVD scuffle, choosing to release two HDMI DVD players capable of displaying resolutions up to 1080p.

NextWave Digital PVR-3790

An easy to use personal video recorder suitable for those wanting to upgrade their VCR, but avoid the costly high-definition path. Dual SD tuners will satisfy TV addicts or families that need to record one channel while watching another.

Sony RDR-HDC300

Sony's latest PVR is functional, but the lack of a dual-tuner really hurts.

Sony SVR-HD700

A pricey high-end PVR with plenty going for it, despite the limited EPG and lack of USB/Firewire connections.

Topfield TRF2400 Masterpiece HD

The Topfield Masterpiece HD is a very capable PVR that offers a lot of recording flexibility and just as many cutting edge features as the "big boys".

Topfield TF6000PVRt

Topfield's PVR line improves with the TF6000PVRt, but the wireless capability and general setup could still do with some improvement.

Force 5 Digital Receiver

The Force 5 is an affordable, entry-level digital receiver with a large hard drive and intuitive menu interface. A great buy if you can get passed the lack of HD support and single tuner configuration.


If viewed as a Blu-ray player, the LG HR559D does a great job, though as a PVR it's simply too inflexible and too expensive.

Philips DCP951

It's not a cheap portable DVD player, but it is stylish and has a lot going for it.


Boasting a large hard drive, ample editing options and extensive multi-format support, the NEC NDH-160 is clearly among the best hard drive DVD recorders currently on the market.

Sony PlayTV PS3

The Sony PlayTV is a good "freebie" for buyers of the new 250GB PS3 and it can be useful if you don't already have a PVR, but it's fairly limited in performance and scope.

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