Product Type: Humax set top boxes
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The Almost-Perfect PVR Companion
Member Name: Sefgrt
Date: 30/05/12, updated on 30/05/12 (28 review reads)
Advantages: Great Remote for ease of use, Easy to navigate EPG, Simoultanious Twin Record, 160GB Hard Drive,
Disadvantages: Complicated route to find recorded programmes, No HDMI connection.
The Humax PVR-9150T is absolutely fantastic and does exactly what it says on the tin.
Boasting a 160GB HDD, the box is able to hold a high volume of programming as well as series link your favourite shows, making life so much easier when you're a very busy bee!
The Humax PVR-9150T has a Twin Tuner, enabling you to record a programme, whilst watching another. And the really great thing about this PVR, is that you can record TWO programmes simoultaniously, whilst watching a third (although some channels don't allow you to do this - more on that later); which means prime time TV will never be missed again!
With this box being released prior to the power swing of HDMI and Freeview HD, this box only contains a Scart socket and Freeview SD, but that isn't a problem as there are only 4 HD channels available on Freeview currently, so there isn't that much of a loss here.
The only thing I found with this is that when recording two programmes at once, a lot of other channels become locked, which is down to the tuner not being able to cope with recording two programmes and watching another on a different frequency band. However, the main channels, such as the BBC's are still accessible. The trick here is if you have Freeview built into your TV (any LCD screen from 2007 onwards) then you can simply switch back to the TV's freeview, whilst recording two progammes on the PVR - Problem Solved.
I will say that on this model and the PVR-9300 too (They use the same remote), the route to find your recorded programmes is somewhat tricky, especially for the technophobes out there. You have to press 'Menu' then go into 'Recorded Programmes' and then find what you're looking for, which for a lot of people is a bit fussy. Other than that, the layout of the remote is absolutely perfect, with big buttons and great feedback (stiff and responsive), this PVR really stands up there with the best on the market.
The only cons here are the lack of HDMI Port and the fiddly way of finding your recorded programmes.
Well Done to Humax. 9/10
Summary: An ideal PVR for anybody who wants to simply record their favourite shows, hassle free.
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