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TVonics DTR-Z500HD Freeview HD Recorder

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  • Boxed-product Weight: 2.4 Kg
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  • Item model number: DTR-Z500HD
  • ASIN: B0064NBAVK
  • Date first available at 8 Nov 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
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RECORD FREEVIEW TV ON THE 500GB HARD DRIVE With a built-in hard drive, the TVonics DTRZ500HD gives you the ability to record your favourite TV programmes without the need for any blank media. The drive gives enough capacity for around 100 hours of HD recording (over 200 in SD) or up to 500 programmes. TWIN FREEVIEW HD TUNERS BUILT-IN Freeview HD TV offers a huge improvement over standard TV, giving you more intense detail and realism. Up to five HD channels are currently available and they're all free, meaning that no subscription is required. With twin Freeview tuners built-in you can watch one channel whilst recording another. Or, as an alternative, record two different channels at the same time. Freeview HD + also means that you can pause and rewind live TV - just like you can with subscription TV boxes. FULLY CONNECTED You can choose to link up the DTR-Z500HD to your TV by either SCART or HDMI. In addition to this, there are also two HDMI inputs, allowing you to use the PVR as a junction box for your other sources, too. An optical digital output lets you improve upon your TV's sound quality by plugging into a suitable home cinema or soundbar system. Finally, twin USB ports allow you to plug in a media player. COMPACT AND STYLISH Despite packing so much in, the TVonics DTR-Z500HD is very neat and compact. Its small size makes it easy to place and ideal for TVs that you may have in other rooms around the house. The black gloss, aluminium casing features rounded edges for a smooth, unobtrusive style. For a fully functioned digital TV recorder with Freeview HD +, the TVonics DTR-Z500HD is a top value choice.

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91 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Techtest on 20 Jun 2012
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After reading reviews extensively on the internet and from customers here on Amazon, I decided to buy this TVonics DTR-Z500HD. This was a very good decision. It is so easy to use it puts all the competitors' machines that I have tried to shame (especially seeing as this company is competing with the development budgets multibillion dollar Korean, Japanese & American conglomerates).

The 500GB hard drive is ample for HD recordings and even more ample for Standard Def, the TV guide, menus and overall layout of the GUI are extremely user friendly. If you can use a microwave oven you can use this, if you can use a regular digital box, with this you will be an expert.
The company provides updates on a regular basis, adding new features, the last one I downloaded added a text to speech option for the menus (it reads out menus for partially sighted people, and is good to switch on for a laugh), the one before that allowed me to play downloaded Youtube and Dailymotion videos (flash), view pictures etc, something I use quite regularly if I want to show a internet only series or funny video from YT, facebook etc on the big telly.

There is an iPlayer function, and I have tested it - it works brilliantly, but be warned, it requires a decent internet connection (good broadband), and either an ethernet cable from your DTR to your router - a practicality issue for some, or you will need to buy the TVonics branded Wifi card (£25 approx), the EDImax one I bought for £8 on here is not recognized so I wouldn't expect other cheaper ones to be - if you have a usb wifi card any way you could try it before buying theirs.

A minor gripe, and it is minor - it does take a bit to come to life after you switch it on, around 30 seconds - longer than a TV.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By aristotle on 30 Oct 2012
You may see from my other reviews that I have had several Freeview boxes over the last year or so. But this TVonics I have fallen in love with. I have not yet had to use the dreaded F word!

It is not the most beautiful piece of gadgetry I have bought but it certainly seems the most capable. Why do I like it? Well for a start I can leave it unattended and not have to supervise its every action, its capabilities are many. It will record 2 programmes simultaneously.

The menus are an absolute delight with everything easy to access without recourse to 'the book'. Installation was simple and easy- I was very quickly 'trying it out'. I have been getting used to missed recordings and crashes with other boxes and coming to think that they were inevitable. Not so, this box hardly ever crashes and only ever did when I was making it over busy with the handset. But it can handle the odd crash- it restarts itself and takes up where it left off. Maybe it's inconvenient (if you're recording) to have that recording split into 2, but at least you have got it! I loved the EPG, timer and library screens. They were a rather strange colours at first, but with the latest software they can be customised to suit most people's taste.

The EPG clearly shows what's on and what has been on and will be on, as well as if you have scheduled a recording at the times displayed. You can 'hop' to other future days very easily and back again with the +24 and -24 keys.

The software for recording is rather fiendishly clever. On one occasion I set uo a 'series record'for a programme that I was watching and had 8 minutes to run.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Whiteside TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 April 2012
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I have had this Freeview + HD recorder for a couple of weeks now and by and large been very impressed with it. It was pretty easy to set up, the recording process was easy even for a novice like myself and the HD channels are great. I couldn't really fault this unit at all but then......

I have tried programming the remote in order to use it with my Panasonic TV and have had no success at all. There are codes listed in the manual but I couldn't get any to work so that was a bit disappointing. Also, and perhaps more of a worry, the unit wouldn't work correctly when I last used it. By that I mean that it wouldn't switch channels, it wouldn't play any recorded programmes and the sound was jumping all over the place. After trying various things to get it working again, I switched the unit off at the mains and powered it up again and everything worked OK. So maybe that is just a blip but seeing as we have only had the unit for a short while it is a bit of a concern.

So yes, it is a good recorder and the problem was sorted reasonably quickly but the lack of being able to programme the remote and the fact that there has already been a problem with it means I have to knock off one star and will keep a keen eye on this to see if any more problems arise. Hopefully not.

UPDATE: A few weeks down the line and I have had more problems so have knocked off one star. Most of the time this unit works fine but one programme we had recorded on ITV2 lasted two hours and we lost picture and sound on it at least ten times during playback. Also, I watched the Euro Final on HD and the same thing happened for about 30 seconds or so. It's almost as though the unit loses power for a short while but this does mean that this unit is proving to be unreliable.
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