I bought one of these direct from Sharp, at a very good price, however the row from the fan drove me mad. There seems no way to turn it off, as it runs for as long as the power is connected, so I gave up & sent it back. Had to wait about 6 weeks to get a refund from Sharp, they are hard to contact direct & although the staff were very pleasant, I invariably ended up at the wrong dept.
Large hard drive for plenty of recording time. Record function and guide easy to use. Has a noisy fan but when recorder switched off, fan switches off after a little while. Not loud enough to spoil your enjoyment of programmes. No manual record but as the record function on the guide works very well their is no need for this. Misses the odd recording, but all these hard drive recorders I've had over the years have done this.
I had the use of one of these Sharp clones to try out it was dreadful, 4 blue lights on front that do nothing bad at night time lights room up only 20 favourite channels can be stored can't bypass channels that you don't like ,no way to extending timer length by few minutes better software would help, cheap and very over priced, sharp should not buy in and then re badge it just lets them down even more. Go and buy a Panasonic you won't be sorry you did.