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4.0 out of 5 stars
Quality sound and vision at a good price, 17 Oct 2012
This is my first Freesat box of any type so I can't make any comparisons, that said on its own merits this is a good piece of kit. It a very unobtrusive box - small, light and virtually silent with the sole light a subtle shade of red/blue (depending on mode), the set up was painless and quick with the integration of the non Freesat channels onto the favourites list very easy (having them all on the one list is definitely a plus point). Scrolling through the channels and accessing of EPG details is not as quick/slick as that of SKY. I don't know if that is down to the Freesat software or Manhattans implementation of same, I have noticed that downloading the programme guide data is slower than SKY when looking ahead. UPDATE (Nov 2013) while the updating is still leisurely the EPG reacts much quicker now, presumably an update at some point.
Picture and sound are first class the HD image is crisp while the upscaled SD picture is good if the source is in any way decent, the PVR aspect has so far been glitch free. Selection of programmes for recording is simple and locating them in the library quick and painless. I only have a single input so can't comment how well it works when recording and watching different channels. UPDATE - have fitted a second cable so now have fully dual input capability. Works just fine in record A/watch B, record A & B and record A & B while playing back from library modes
The remote is small and very light but has not posed any handling issues for me. The direction "sensitively" is greater than that of a SKY remote but its good enough not to harm usability. 320 GBs capacity will possibly be an issue for some but I'm not one for archiving every episode of long running series so 200 SD/80 HD hours storage is fine for me. UPDATE - the remote has been redesigned with larger buttons and more space between them.
So to sum up - not perfect but it delivers where it actually matters for a good price.
UPDATE (June 2103) Just turned on box and got a message warning that recordings have all been lost and the need to reformat disk. I didn't panic rather I pulled the plug and rebooted from cold and the library and its contents reappeared as if by magic! Has this happened to anyone else?