Sagem's box might look uninspiring, but it offers a Sky+-style recording system for Freeview. There are so many benefits to having a Freeview PVR, and Sagem manages to nail it with a great EPG and dual tuner functionality. The 80GB hard drive also offers 45 hours of recording, which should satisfy even the power user
Nissan is a very small player in the DVD market, but its ability to combine a stack of features for a miniscule asking price is very commendable. If you have a collection of DivX video and MP3 audio sitting on your computer, then this will let you play them as easily as you would a DVD. While it will look out of place underneath a premium flat screen, it can still provide it with a decent picture, and because nothing else touches it for features at this price, we admit to having a soft spot for it
You might well ask if there's still anyone buying DVD players, but the Toshiba SD-150E is a great value upgrade for anyone who has bought a projector or flat screen TV. Component outputs provide a PAL progressive scan picture, which basically means a rock-solid picture with vibrant colours and excellent detail, and advanced features such as component outputs and DivX playback add to the value
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
The Humax PVR-8000T is much like the Internet and the iPod -- once you use it, you wonder how you ever lived without it. However, while it's a brilliant piece of equipment to have in the home, the lack of dual tuners to let you watch something different from what you're recording is surprisingly restrictive
The Nuvyyo Tablo Quad offers excellent performance for power users, but there are cheaper, easier-to-use options for budding cord-cutters.
The DirecTV HR20 is easy to use and offers plenty of features, but its operational bugs make use more of a headache than with other DVRs.
While its slick interface and cool networking features still distinguish it from rival DVRs, the dual-tuner function of the TiVo Series2 DT is useful only for those with analog cable service.
Humax takes the already great TiVo and enhances it with a colossal 300-hour capacity.
The Topfield TBF-7120 Pack is one of the cheapest PVRs we've seen yet, and while it lacks dual-tuner recording it's not bad for the price.
Western Digital's TiVo expanding drive works as advertised, but is only recommended for non-networked homes.
DViCO's TViX HD PVR promises a lot of functional ability, but it's not a product for those afraid to tinker.
Humax's HDR-7500T is a solid performer if you're after a PVR, but for ease of use it's still got a long way to go to unseat TiVo.
If you have a big-screen TV in your living and you're hungry for HD content, the Toshiba HD-E1 delivers great picture quality. It's a cheaper alternative to the Blu-ray players we've seen, but we had some minor performance issues.
TiVo Roamio OTA is an excellent DVR, but its monthly fee structure makes it too expensive for people cutting the cable cord. The standard TiVo Roamio is a better choice overall for cord cutters.
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.
Simple.TV's innovative over-the-air DVR solution is far from perfect, but it's a decent budget option if you can't afford a TiVo Premiere.
The FetchTV is a harbinger of good things to come; it easily integrates free-to-air and IPTV channels and presents them in a fuss-free way. We wish there was more channel variety, though.