Product Type: Humax set top boxes
Newest Review: ... at the time seemed very expensive compared to what I was prepared to pay, but looking back on my purchase it was well worth the money spent... more
A clever box of tricks
Humax PVR 9300T
Member Name: Pinktoaster
Humax PVR 9300T
Advantages: Robust, easy to use
Disadvantages: Refuses to show channels sometimes
I've got a perfectly good television so when I realised I was spending more time watching TV on my laptop through iPlayer and 4OD than I was on the 32 incher, I realised it was time to invest in a box.
This Humax PVR-9300T came out as a best buy on the Which website and there were plenty of positive reviews on the Amazon website - so I invested. Looking on the manufacturer's website, this product also got five stars from Stuff magazine and was a What Video and Hi-Def TV best buy too.
The main attraction is the ability to record 200 hours of television on its 320GB hard drive. You can record up to two channels while watching one live TV channel back. It also offers picture in picture viewing (although to be honest I haven't used this yet) and the opportunity to pause and play live TV.
It's a simple lightweight box which I found really easy to install and set up, using the easy-to-follow instructions. It was quick to find the Freeview channels (I have an external arial which helps!) and the picture quality is good and consistent. The remote control is also substantial with decent sized buttons.
It seems that early releases of this product suffered from a very noisy fan but this seemed to be resolved and I don't hear a peep out of mine.
Recording is very simple - just two clicks from the menu to record a single programme or bookmark a whole series. The EPG is simple and easy to use. However I have noticed that if you switch the box off, it can take quite a few minutes for it to retrieve the schedule information.
It's easy to retrieve details of the programmes you've recorded and see information on which ones you've watched. Each programme has an information page associated with it so you can see information such as the episode details - really handy when your list shows nine episodes of FlashForward like mine currently does!
One small niggle - when displaying information on the programme you're currently watching, it unfortunately doesn't display what's on next - a feature I now realise I paid a lot of attention to when I had Sky.
I've also noticed that it sometimes refused to allow me to watch some channels when I am recording two programmes on other channels. There may be a simple technical reason for this but I'm a little baffled as to why it's happening.
But on a day to day basis I've found it a very reliable, well built product which is well worth the money. I'm very much enjoying being able to watch television on the big screen once more!
Summary: A great way to stack programmes to watch on demand
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