Western Digital's TiVo expanding drive works as advertised, but is only recommended for non-networked homes.
It's tough to move past the sticker shock of the cost of TiVo's home networking solution, but it is a simple solution for those wanting more portable TV out of their PVR.
If you're looking to play your existing collection of DVDs and don't want a Blu-ray player, then the Marantz DV4003 is an excellent choice.
The Panasonic DMR-XW350 DVD recorder is similar to the XW450 in that you can watch Picasa and YouTube, but features a smaller 250GB hard drive.
At around £100, the Sagem DTR 64160T is a very capable Freeview recorder. We aren't crazy about the design, and Sagem should be severely punished for the awful front-panel display, but, otherwise, it's a capable machine that will suit people looking for a quick and easy solution for recording Freeview
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
As the first freesat PVR on the market, the Humax Foxsat-HDR would have sold even if it was utter rubbish. Luckily, it's brilliant and anyone who buys one will have a sturdy, easy-to-use machine that looks fantastic under their TV and boasts impressive picture quality
LG's DVD recorder offers plenty of recording space and an in-built digital tuner, but the lack of HD capability really hurts.
Toshiba's XD-E500 provides a simple way to make humble DVDs look a bit better, but don't be fooled into thinking that it'll magically turn them into Blu-Ray discs.
The 9300T is a worthy replacement for the 9200T, offering masses of storage space and superb recording quality. Unfortunately, the operating noise is ludicrous
It's not a cheap portable DVD player, but it is stylish and has a lot going for it.
There's not a lot the Topfield TF7100HDPVRt can't do. Topfield's done a fine job in combining all the relevant features users and PVR buyers will be looking for.
The TiVo HD XL charges a hefty premium for its spacious recording capacity and THX certification, but most users will be content sticking to the all-but-identical standard TiVo HD DVR.
Overall a good machine, but it has some problems, and we'd suggest you check the strength of the Freeview signal in your area before you invest. Otherwise its performance and value for money make it worthy of your time
Beyonwiz's DP-P2 is a PVR for those who don't mind a bit of tinkering and setting things up. The quest for the perfect PVR still continues.
Despite missing some key features, the TiVo HD is a worthwhile investment if you don't want to pay for cable, and it poses no ongoing EPG fees.
The Panasonic DMR-XW300 is a very versatile DVD recorder which includes dual-HD recording and excellent DVD playback.
A sturdy performer that will do virtually everything you could ever want a DVD player, recorder and PVR to do. The DivX and XviD playback from disc or USB is a really nice addition that improves the machine over previous iterations