Product Type: Argos set top boxes
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Low cost..and sufficient
Argos Value Digital Set Top Box
Member Name: Jcm222
Argos Value Digital Set Top Box
Advantages: Good price point, straight forward
Disadvantages: Delays on remote
I have three TVs at home, one with Sky, and because Sky Multiroom was too expensive, one of the others has this Set Top Box, and the third TV has a different set top box, which I will review. This was the cheaper of the two boxes as it is operating with the least used television in the kitchen.
When you purchase the product you get the box itself, the remote control (with batteries!!) and the necessary leads. The set top box is matt black in colour and weighs 800g. To be honest, it was heavier than I expected, considering it is made of cheap feeling plastic, don't judge a book by its cover I suppose. In terms of measurements, you're looking at 3.5x25x18.5, where all measurements are in centimetres.
In my opinion, this is certainly not the most technologically advanced piece of equipment, as is to be expected considering it comes in at under twenty pounds. However, it works and does what it says on the tin.
When powered up, I can get around 30 television channels and 25 radio stations. Now I believe that my area has quite poor reception from the masts, and Argos state you can get up to 55 I believe. So you should first check the Freeview website to see what you can receive in your area.
The installation is very straight forward and there is a little instruction booklet, well it really only consists of a page or two - not convoluted at all. When you get the box set up, you turn your Television on, and in most cases, go to the AV or Scart 1 mode on the set. You are immediately prompted to scan for channels, and in around 5 minutes, you will be displayed with a list of channels it has found.
Once this is all complete, you can select a channel to view and there you have it! You also get what is technically called the Electronic Program Guide which is really the Radio Times on your set! The graphics on this are not good, and it reminds you of a calculator display or the old Ceefax font, but you are able to flick through and see what is on, on the different channels.
The display and sound quality depends a lot on the model of TV you have, but in my case it is perfectly fine.
The only problem with the device is that when you action something, for example if you change channel or open up the guide, there is a slight delay of a second or two. This can get quite frustrating if you need to do a series of things at once. There is a very flimsy remote control, with simple buttons included to change channels and carry out simple tasks.
I recommend this set top box because it is straight forward and opens up the world of digital television. Granted there are no extra features, but for most people it should be sufficient!
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