The Good First-class build quality; great AV performance; good design; useful HDMI switch.
The Bad Relatively small storage capacity; expensive.
The Bottom Line 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
The Freeview personal video recorder is a popular little beast these days. And why shouldn't it be? After all, hard-drive TV recording has totally changed the way we consume television. No longer do we have to be in a certain place at a certain time -- we just have to press a couple of buttons on our PVR, and it will record anything we want, with no need for tapes or fiddly clock settings. PVRs can even record a whole series if you desire, meaning you won't even have to think about ever missing Neighbours again.
The TVonics brand is one we've come to respect over the last few years. Designed and built in the UK, these PVRs are well-made, long-lasting and, most importantly, offer the best-possible quality. The downside to their UK provenance, however, is that the company's products will, inevitably, cost slightly more than some competing products. The TVonics DTR-HV250 is no exception, because, at £200 for a 250GB Freeview+ PVR, it's far from the cheapest box you can buy.
Sturdy and stylish
Like all the best AV components, this high-end PVR is forged from metal. It feels like it could easily survive earthquakes, meteor storms and even attacks. The body is made of a single piece of metal, into which the components and front and rear panels are slotted. This makes the machine feel much more solid than any other AV gear we've manhandled recently.