Advantages: Features,Build quality,Extra Features Disadvantages: None yet
With the digital switchover in full swing Personal Video Recorders(PVR) with built in freeview tuners are sure to become a must in most households.The Topview is packaged with two tuners to allow you to record one channel while you watch another.With some nifty little features it is sure to be a viable alternative to Sky+ without the added expense of a monthly subscription...
Advantages: Probably best in field (in theory). Easy to use basic functions Disadvantages: You'll get more out of it if you can link it to a PC. Reliability? I couldn't get one that works!
...respect I believe the Topfield 5810 pips main rival Humax to the post in being the first Freeview PVR to offer this. The USB port is now a ?type 2.0? which will mean nothing except to those who try to retrieve programmes off the 5810 onto a PC for editing and archiving. The previous USB 1.0 port on the 5800 takes about 45 minutes to offload a one-hour file.
Please note: The HDMI port only upscales. No...
Advantages: Just one up-front cost. No subs. Extra channels. Proper widescreen output Disadvantages: Needs a good aerial. A limited list of subscription channels muddies the waters somewhat.
...of a telly?
My own initial solution was to have an IDTV for watching and a set-top box for recording. Not the most elegant solution, I grant you, but as the French say, "c'est brutal mais ça marche".
The Rolls-Royce solution is to buy a twin-tuner PVR, like the Humax 9200T or the Topfield 5800/5810. These not only have two tuners, but a PC-style hard drive to record to. Now that "Freeview Playback...
03.11.2003 07:48 (24.04.2008 00:12) ·Read review
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