The Good Stylish front panel; quiet operation; records subtitles; decent TV and recording performance.
The Bad Average build quality; no CI card support; basic functionality.
The Bottom Line 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
This is a no-frills digital recorder that integrates a sizeable 160GB hard drive (80 hours of recordings) and dual TV tuners, which allow you to record one programme while you watch another -- but not record two channels at the same time.
Although the front panel has been given a facelift, this design is virtually identical to a recent cut-price model from Goodmans. This questions if a premium is being paid for the privilege of owning a big-name brand -- but if you can find the unit for around £160 it's still reasonable value for money.
While there isn't much difference in image and subsequent recording quality between these sorts of devices, however, there are models that offer more advanced features and user-friendly functionality for the same price.